Late November, early December The Big White Rugby Ball, South side of the Thames, next to London Bridge, UK
This huge inflatable Rugby Ball is a Tourism New Zealand initiative. Go and visit it during the day to see the most fabulous ‘video’ presentation on New Zealand – really stunning.
22nd November Air New Zealand Wine Awards, Wellington, NZ
I’ll be attending the Air New Zealand Wine Awards to help celebrate some of New Zealand’s best winemakers. In my consultancy role developing food with Air NZ’s culinary team, it’s always a pleasure to attend these awards.
10th November London, UK
The 6th annual NZ – UK Link Foundation Culinary Exchange competition, ran in association with The Craft Guild of Chefs, is held today at Westminster Kingsway College.š
8th November General Election, New Zealand
Today is the general election in New Zealand, so all you Kiwis out there get voting!
19th October – 31st October dine by Peter Gordon and Bellota restaurants, SKYCITY Grand Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand
I'll be implementing new Spring menus at both restaurants with my management and chef teams.
13th October Northampton College, UK
I’ll be demonstrating my cooking skills at the college today, working with the students.
6th October The Restaurant Show, London, UK
I’ll be judging the National Chef of the Year 2008, in association with The Craft Guild of Chefs.
30th September The Young Chef / Young Waiter competition, Westminster Kingsway College, London, UK
I’ll be judging the Young Chef / Young Waiter 2008 competition, in association with The British Hospitality Association.
24th September Caf» Spice Namasté, London, UK.
I'll be cooking a dinner alongside Cyrus Todiwala at his restaurant to celebrate the wines of C.J. Pask. Winemaker Kate Radburnd will also be present at this ticketed event. For details contact firstname.lastname@example.org
21st September The Wet Fish Caf» dinner, West Hampstead, London, UK
I’ll be cooking with The Wet Fish Caf»’s head and sous chefs tonight as we join forces at one of my favourite local restaurants.
15th August The Providores Restaurant, 109 Marylebone High Street, London, UK
The Providores turns seven today!
31st July and 2nd August The Food Show, Auckland, New Zealand
I'll be giving two cooking demonstrations at this fantastic foodie event.
22nd July – 1st August dine by Peter Gordon and Bellota restaurants, SKYCITY Grand Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand
I'll be implementing new winter menus at both restaurants with my management and chef teams.
14th July Leuka Mini Masters Golf Fundraiser, Dukes Meadows, Chiswick, UK
I'm creating and cooking a gourmet BBQ for the various teams taking part in this fundraiser for Leuka, the charity for which I initiated the annual Who's Cooking Dinner? event. Hosted by my fellow Leuka patron, the actor Dougray Scott, the event will no doubt raise the profile of Leuka, as well as raising much needed funds.
1st May Borough Market, London, UK
I'll be at Borough Market all day with a team from Optomen Television filming six cooking segments for Market Kitchen, to be shown later in the month. Look out for the asparagus I cook with Etsuko's home made country style miso (see below).
12th – 23rd April Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan
I've really just put this in here to show off. Michael and I are taking a holiday to Japan, the country that has inspired my culinary creations for years, and to celebrate 20 years together. Our hosts are our friends Akiko and Yoshi who own the most wonderful restaurant in Tokyo – with only two tables it's the smallest restaurant we've been to. Akiko used to cook with me at The Sugar Club restaurant more than ten years ago, and Akiko's mother Etsuko makes the best miso in the world – I know because she sends it to me in London.
28th March – 12th April dine by Peter Gordon and Bellota restaurants, SKYCITY Grand Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand
I'll be implementing new autumn menus at both restaurants with my management and chef teams. dine turns 3 on April 6th, and we're celebrating that with a hugely glamorous cocktail party in the restaurant.
21st March The Ideal Home Show, Earls Court, London, UK
I'll be giving a cooking demonstration at this annual show, now in its 100th year. After that I'll be at Waterstone's signing copies of my various cookbooks.
20th March National Radio Stations, UK
Today I'm on National Radio talking about New Zealand lamb – a favourite of mine. With Easter almost upon us, what could be better than a roast leg of New Zealand lamb!
19th March National Radio stations, UK
This year is International Year of the Potato – as decreed by the United Nations. I'll be talking on Nationwide radio promoting this fantastically versatile and tasty vegetable.
17th March Leiths School of Food and Wine, London, UK
Every year I give a few cooking demonstrations at this iconic catering school. The school teaches courses for people with varying degrees of skill and their training is excellent.
14th March Café Spice Namaste, London, UK
I'll be giving a cooking demonstration at Café Spice Namaste for Adventure Gourmet. This is a wonderful cookery demonstration business set up by Peter Hazzard, and Cyrus and Pervin Todiwala. One of the best parts of the day though is lunchtime – when I actually get to sit down and eat some of Cyrus's delicious food.
11th March Residence of the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Mayfair, London, UK
Today was one of the highlights of my culinary career. I cooked a lunch for four people, two of whom were the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. You can read about it, and the annual leukaemia dinner below, at the link below for Firstlight Foods, for whom I write a monthly blog.
8th March The Financial Times, FT, Worldwide
In February my partner Michael and I travelled to Escatron in Aragon, Spain, to take part in an ancient culinary tradition – the Matanza. You can read how we learnt to make chorizo, and also how we fed the group of 40 my West Hampstead lime leaf coconut laksa!
March 3rd Four Seasons Hotel at Hyde Park Corner, London, UK
The 10th annual 'Who's cooking dinner?' leukaemia fund-raising event is held. I inaugurated this event to raise funds for Leukaemia based research after donating my own bone marrow to my sister Tracey in 1995. The event, held on the first Monday in March, has been running since 1999 and has raised almost £3 million!
19th February The Skillery, Hotelympia, Excel Docklands, UK
I'll be giving a cooking demonstration at Hotelympia – one of the best chef's events on the annual calendar. I'll be at the Skillery, run by The Craft Guild of Chefs, showcasing New Zealand venison.
5th February Galvin at Wndows Restaurant, Hilton Hotel, London, UK
I kick off the New Zealand Lamb PR Campaign 2007/2008 over breakfast here at the Galvin brothers' restaurant. Growing up in New Zealand, and having a pet lamb as a child which we called Lamb Chops, I have a real enthusiasm for the flavour and versatility of NZ lamb.
20th – 26th January dine by Peter Gordon and Bellota restaurants, SKYCITY Grand Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand
I'll be implementing new summer menus at both restaurants with my chefs and restaurant managers.
15th and 17th January Lords Cricket Ground and Olympia, London, UK
I'm appearing at two events run by NZ Winegrowers. The first is an annual tasting at Lords Cricket Ground, open to the public with tickets bought in advance. The second is a trade event at Olympia called Wine+. At this event I'll be serving canapés to be matched with a selection of premium New Zealand wines.
7th – 11th January Market Kitchen tv, UK
I am guest chef for all five episodes shown this week. I'll be showing Tom Parker Bowles how delicious New Zealand wagyu beef is, and teaching Matt Tebbutt how to make smoked mackerel eggy bread.
Late December and early January changa and m½zedechanga restaurants, Istanbul, Turkey
I'll be in Istanbul working on new menu ideas with Tarik and Savas, who own and run both of these award winning restaurants – see my restaurant page.
23rd December 2007 – 3rd January 2008 The Providores Restaurant, London, UK
The restaurant will close for the Christmas and New Year period to give all of us a well earned break. See you in 2008.