We sit down with Josh Emett, New Zealand’s world renowned chef to discuss his background and passion for cooking. His three dishes featuring on the Woop Foodie menu are; Chicken Nasi Goreng with Fried Egg and Crispy Shallots(delivered on the 18th and 19th October), Herb Spiced Cous Cous with Caramelised Onion and Dukkah Crusted Lamb(delivered on the 25th and 26th October), All Green Salad with Pan Fried Prawns and Gourmet Potatoes(delivered on the 1st and 2nd November).
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Born and raised on a dairy farm in Waikato I first got interested in food when working at an old peoples home when I was 15. I studied Practical Cookery & Catering at Waikato Polytechnic and headed off to Auckland soon after and then over to the UK when I was 20. After some tough kitchens I found myself with the notorious Kitchen of Gordon Ramsay who I stayed working for over 10 years working in London, NY, LA and Melbourne. I am loving being back in NZ and have several restaurants across NZ.
What is the future of cooking?
Local, Sustainable, Minimal Waste. We have to be mindful of the food systems effect on the planet.
Do you have a food philosophy?
Start with great ingredients, focus on flavour and solid technique.
What’s the most important thing about cooking?
Time and Temperature.
What are some of your favourite ingredients to cook with?
I love root vegetables like Jerusalem artichokes, celeriac etc.
Having grown up fishing with my Poppa and Dad I love freshly caught seafood.
Tell us about your Woop dishes?
Chicken Nasi Goreng with Fried Egg and Crispy Shallots
Nasi goreng is one of my absolute favourite dishes - this version is packed full of flavour.
Delivered on 18th and 19th October
Herbed Spiced Couscous with Caramelised Onion and Dukah Crusted Lamb
This is a couscous dish I have made for 10 years, I love the combination of textures, spices & herbs.
Delivered on 25th and 26th October
All Green Salad with Ginger Garlic Prawns and a Pistachio Wasabi Pea Crumb
This is one of my go-to salads, it is fresh, delicious and with a fantastic dressing.