Internationally recognized chef and lauded restaurateur Simon Gault is one of the most familiar faces in the kiwi food scene. A former cornerstone of such international gems as Leith’s Restaurant in London and the prestigious, Michelin-starred Thornbury Castle; Simon has established himself as a powerhouse in the restaurant world. Now, after a few years away from the heat of the commercial kitchen, Gault has made a triumphant return to the culinary world with his waterfront bistro, Giraffe. A staple on kiwi televisions in MasterChef and on our supermarket shelves with his range of Home Cuisine food products – Simon’s countless endeavours make up his complete success story. He returns to the 2017 Home Show as ambassador of Smeg Appliances.
Vanessa Baxter is a culinary empowerer and passionate foodie best known as a former MasterChef finalist and author of the upcoming cookbook “The Fearless Kitchen.” As a devoted mother of two, Vanessa loves to introduce the younger generation to the joys of cooking, as well as imparting her extensive culinary knowledge with coaching and corporate team building classes. Her passion and enthusiasm has made her a favourite on the kiwi food circuit, and draws on both her MasterChef experience and years of bringing people together with food. She returns to the 2017 Home Show to share her passion with Auckland at the Smeg Cooking Theatre and ASKO cooking demonstrations.
Little & Friday owner and operator Kim Evans joins the Jones Family Business stand for the first time this year! A staunch believer in the value of fresh, free-range and organic produce, Kim's philosophy in food is to remain transparent and make everything from scratch. From humble beginnings, Little & Friday now operates two bustling stores across Auckland. These stores attract many other like-minded people who share the same passion and love for food as Kim does.
Lauren Bavin is the resident cooking tutor for Kitchen Things. She is an expert when it comes to brand and cooking technology, and runs interactive and delicious cooking classes in-store to assist customers with their new appliances. With a passion for home-grown and international cuisine, Lauren has spent the last forty years perfecting her greatest recipes, while also experimenting with the latest advances in gastronomic equipment to create some truly revolutionary food.Book Now and Win!