WOOP Guest Chef Q&A Brian Campbell

Guest Chef Brian Campbell of Miann has created a limited edition dessert box for ten lucky WOOPers to win each week in May. The dessert, Miann’s ultimate salted caramel chocolate sphere, will come with everything you need to create the delicious dessert.

We sat down with Brian over his amazing creation to find out more about life as a dessert chef.

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Introducing Guest Chef Fraser Shenton

We introduce Fraser Shenton, the latest chef to join our WOOP Chef Series and talented Head Chef at Fish restaurant at The Hilton Hotel. Fraser has created a delicious gurnard curry with Mumbai potatoes and Tiffin pickled courgette, delivered to Foodies on 25th March.

We chatted to Fraser over his delicious dish to find out about his cooking mantra and favourite cuisine(s)!


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Introducing Guest Chef Sergio Maglione

Sergio Maglione is an Italian chef and restaurateur of popular Farina and the creator of our delicious zucca e salsiccia pappardelle in this week’s WOOP box.

Sergio has a simple ethos of fresh and simple cuisine, letting seasonal produce do the talking in his dishes – which are so popular in fact that he is a repeat winner of Taste of Auckland’s best dish. We sat down with Sergio to talk all things food.

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Introducing Guest Chef Sebastian Hindrichs

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Sebastian Hindrichs, our second Guest Chef, has a seriously impressive resume. He is the current Executive Chef at Sofitel Auckland’s Lava Dining and brings his own European influence (Sebastian was born in Germany) with a New Zealand spin to the hotel’s kitchen.

Previously Sebastian was the head chef at French Café, one of the Auckland’s top restaurants. He finished a three year apprenticeship in Cologne, then working in Michelin star restaurant Lärchenhof before heading to Switzerland.

We sat down with Sebastian to chat all things food.

What is the future of cooking? 

People are starting to cook more and more for themselves. We need to be more aware of our produce. Try to use more locally, seasonal grown and ethically raised produce and it will benefit our wellbeing. 

Do you have a food philosophy? 

Don’t be afraid of progress but always be yourself. Be curious about new trends, flavours, ingredients and techniques. It is important to keep food interesting for yourself and others. 

What’s the most important thing about cooking? 

Don’t make it too complicated. Use fresh and seasonal ingredients and try something new from time to time. 

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Introducing Guest Chef Mark Southon

0M7A0275This week marks the return of our Guest Chef Series, where a prominent New Zealand chef creates a delicious dish every fortnight to feature in WOOP Foodie Boxes. We kick off the series by introducing Mark Southon, executive chef of O’Connell St Bistro.

Mark Southon is a renowned New Zealand chef and television personality. He is the current resident chef for The Cafe on TV Three and over the past few months has even created WOOP dishes with us, live on air! He is also the executive chef at O’Connell St Bistro, and has several decades of cooking experience, working in several Michelin star establishments. Coincidentally he has even trained our Foodie Recipe Creator Kristen, during their time working together at The French Cafe.

One of Mark’s delicious recipes, lamb tagine meatballs with baked egg, feta and wilted spinach will be featuring on the WOOP Foodie menu on the 5th of October as part of the latest WOOP Guest Chef Series. We sat down with Mark to ask him a few questions.

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Introducing Jess Granada: Guest Foodie Series

Introducing Guest Foodie Jess Granada


JessJess opened Nanam Eatery with her partner Andrew in March 2015. They started their venture at a 4 meter by 4 meter space at the night markets of Auckland selling “Taco Pao” (taco siopao) with pork cooked in humba sauce and chilli chicken filling. This stall was their humble beginning towards exploring Filipino cuisine, and since then they have been serving both quality interpretations of classic Filipino dishes and daring new ventures into the uncharted territories of its cuisine.

One of Jess’ delicious recipes will be featuring on the WOOP Foodie menu on the 20th of August as part of the WOOP Guest Foodie Series. We sat down with Jess to chat all things food.



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Introducing Nici Wickes: Guest Foodie Series

Introducing Guest Foodie Nici Wickes


NiciBorn in New Zealand and growing up in a large family, Nici was cooking as soon as she could reach the bench top. At eight years old her favourite make-believe game was to play host of a cooking show where she would showcase various recipes – Russian fudge, pancakes, chocolate cakes – from the family kitchen. In 2009 make-believe became reality when she became the presenter for World Kitchen, a new, fast-paced, cheeky travel and cooking show.


Two of Nici’s delicious recipes will be featuring on the WOOP Foodie menu as part of the WOOP Guest Foodie Series. We sat down with Nici to chat all things food.



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Introducing Niki Bezzant: Guest Foodie Series

Introducing Guest Foodie Niki Bezzant

NikiNiki Bezzant is a writer, speaker and commentator who is passionate about food and health. Niki has been involved in the food media for 20 years. She was founding editor of Healthy Food Guide magazine, and is a columnist for the Herald on Sunday, the Monday Herald Be Well, and a frequent contributor to broadcast media. She is a proud ambassador for the Garden to Table  programme which helps kids learn how to grow, cook and share food. She is a member of the Council of Directors for the True Health Initiative and a board member for the NZ Nutrition Foundation.

One of Niki’s delicious recipes will be featuring on the WOOP Foodie menu on the 9th of July as part of the WOOP Guest Foodie Series. We sat down with Niki to chat all things food.

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Introducing Tamara Johnson: Guest Foodie Series

Introducing Guest Foodie Tamara Johnson


TamaraFrom a young age, Tamara has had an astounding career in the New Zealand food scene, most recently as Head Chef at the Malaysian inspired Auckland restaurant Madam Woo. She’s also been a part of kitchen teams at many iconic New Zealand restaurants including Takapuna Beach Café where she learned to make gelato and Clooney where she worked under the tutelage of Chef Des Harris. Tamara has recently relocated to London, where she’s working in a variety of kitchens to submerge herself in the culinary scene before coming back to open an establishment in New Zealand.


One of Tamara’s delicious recipes will be featuring on the WOOP Foodie menu on the 23rd of July as part of the WOOP Guest Foodie Series. We sat down with Tamara to chat all things food.



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Introducing Anne Thorp: Guest Foodie Series

Introducing Guest Foodie Anne Thorp


Anne ThorpAnne the “Maori Queen of Cuisine” Thorp promotes simple, fresh, healthy and delicious food using the best produce New Zealand has to offer from land and sea. She is all about good living, simplicity, having fun with food and enjoying life through a healthy diet. For Anne it is as much about the food as it is about the people she shares it with. Her life-long love for food has seen her create television series Kai Ora, publish a cookbook and even be a guest chef on cruise ships for P&O.


One of Anne’s delicious recipes will be featuring on the WOOP Foodie menu on the 6th of August as part of the WOOP Guest Foodie Series. We sat down with Anne to chat all things food.


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