Award-winning chefs Michael Meredith and Martin Bosley have partnered with Style Pasifika to showcase their culinary talent at a gala dinner before this year’s Westfield Style Pasifika: Best of Style Pasifika fashion event.
This year Westfield Style Pasifika will be staged over two nights, right in the middle of Rugby World Cup 2011 finals week. Creative Director and Show Producer, Stan Wolfgramm has taken the opportunity to host a VIP experience on the second night with a Pasifika -inspired dinner before the spectacular Westfield Style Pasifika fashion show.
Titled Style Pasifika: Best of Pasifika Cuisine, the exclusive pre-show corporate and VIP hosting event will include a sumptuous three-course dinner crafted by Meredith and Bosley.
Wolfgramm has challenged the duo to consider what food will capture the distinctive flavours of Pasifika New Zealand.
“The Westfield Style Pasifika Fashion Awards are all about celebrating the distinctiveness of Pasifika New Zealand, our uniqueness, our geographical and cultural point of difference to the rest of world – and that’s what guests at our corporate dinner will experience on their plates as the best of Pasifika cuisine; flavours and foods unique to this region,” says Wolfgramm.
Samoan-born Meredith plans on bringing a taste of his heritage to the menu.
“I’ll be showcasing food from my Polynesian childhood,” says Meredith. “Our food has good, honest flavours which I’ve learnt to refine in my cooking.”
Both Meredith and Bosley share a philosophy that eating locally and in season delivers the best dining experience to their customers.
“The quality of our local produce alongside our place in the Pacific continues to inspire our cooking,” says Bosley. “We’re so fortunate that the clarity of flavours we seek for our cuisine are so pristine – and that we don’t have 2000 years of tradition prescribing how things should look and how they should taste. We’re able to bring influences from cultures around our Pacific into our cooking – and this subsequently becomes New Zealand cuisine.”
Guests to the exclusive event can expect a three course meal matched with a wine selection from Nelson-based Maori-owned Tohu Wines.