Chef Rick Stein Live in New Zealand

( One of the world’s most highly respected chefs, Rick Stein is to visit New Zealand this winter with his first ever theatre show on these shores – Rick Stein’s Food Odyssey – in Auckland and Wellington.

Rick Stein has attained huge popularity and acclaim for his numerous TV cookery series and documentaries, as well as his best-selling cookery books. Rick’s zeal for quality fresh food and sustainable fishing and farming practices, has taken him from continent to continent, across magnificent shorelines in search of the very best produce the world has to offer. Now his love of food and travel brings him to New Zealand with a special, limited season tour: Rick Stein’s Food Odyssey.

Rick’s philosophy on food is to find joy in cooking and eating. Rick Stein’s Food Odyssey reflects that enthusiasm, giving audiences the unique opportunity to see a master in action as he and guest chefs prepare an array of dishes, from fishy favourites in Cornwall, to vibrant and colourful Mediterranean cuisine, onwards to the light spicy flavours of South-East Asia and culminating in a unique New Zealand dish. Throughout this two-hour culinary journey Rick will bring his travels to life, captivating the audience with stories and footage from his TV series.

James Cundall, Producer, Lunchbox Theatrical Productions says: “The show is sure to be a lively conversational piece of theatre. Not only is Rick passionate about quality local produce but also about creating simple recipes with his own unique touch, inspired from his
travels to culinary heartlands.”

Rick Stein started out 35 years ago, opening a seafood restaurant on the north coast of Cornwall in the south-west of England, and soon his passion for food saw his Cornish business expand to now encompass five restaurants and a pub; a delicatessen, patisserie and gift shop; a cookery school; and 40 hotel rooms across a portfolio of boutique properties. He also co-owns with his fiancee Sarah Burns, the award-winning restaurant Rick Stein At Bannisters at Mollymook on the south coast of New South Wales in Australia and is a shareholder with Tower Estate winery in the famous Hunter Valley.

His latest TV series, Rick Stein’s Far Eastern Odyssey will be screening on Prime TV later this year, and the cookery book accompanying the series is described by its publisher Random House as extremely popular among cooking enthusiasts. His earlier series Rick Stein’s Seafood Lovers’ Guide currently screens on SKY’s Food TV.

His knowledgeable, accessible and endearing style not only reflects his love of fresh produce – and unashamed fondness for all things ‘fish’ – but his ability to weave in social, cultural and historical information takes his programming out of the realm of a simple ‘cooking show’, and as such Rick’s programmes regularly feature in the networks’ top-rating series making him one of the most popular
international chefs in their line-up.

For those eager to meet the celebrity chef, VIP tickets are available which include pre-show cocktails with Rick Stein, and a Rick Stein branded shopping bag containing a signed programme, a Rick Stein cookery book, a shopping voucher and other items of Rick Stein and sponsor gifts.

In his long career Rick Stein has cooked for The Queen, Presidents and Prime Ministers – Rick Stein’s Food Odyssey offers New Zealanders a rare opportunity to see one of the world’s top chefs live on stage as he and special guests cook up exciting recipes from around the globe.

“Addictive.” Sunday Mail

“You’ve got to love Rick Stein. Unlike every other TV chef, he’s got no gimmicks, he doesn’t swear and he doesn’t slag off other telly cooks.” Scottish Daily Record

“… entertaining viewing… an enticing, gentle mixture of travelogue, good food and what look like very do-able recipes.” London Evening Standard

Rick Stein’s Food Odyssey
Wednesday 4 July 8.00pm
Thursday 5 July 2.00pm
or call 0800 BUY TICKETS (0800 289 842)

Media Release 11 May 2010 from THE EDGE.