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Lauraine Jacobs’ Roast Chicken with Bacon Stuffing

Food Editor, NZ Listener

I have wonderful memories of chicken, always served as a special treat for birthdays and Christmas when I was a child. My mother always took the time to make a fragrant savoury stuffing for her roast chicken. It was probably to help it go a little further but it also produced a wonderfully aromatic moist…

Lisa King’s Pork and Chive Dumplings

Founder, Eat My Lunch

Dad did most of the cooking at home but I remember Mum sitting us down every other weekend to make dumplings. We’d spend hours making hundreds to freeze, so Mum would always have to cook some off for my sisters and I to keep us going. They’re still one of my go-to comfort foods and…

Simon Wright’s Slow-Cooked Lamb with Mum’s Ratatouille and Almond Polenta

Chef, The French Cafe

Mum always cooked us beautiful well-balanced, well-seasoned food, which is where I began to develop my palate. She did a wonderful slow-cooked lamb neck, and I’ll never forget her ratatouille, which is roasted in the oven to really bring out the flavour of the vegetables and which also helps them retain their shape and identity.…

Kevin Hopgood’s Summer Roast Chicken

Chef – Hopgood's & Co.

Summer Sunday lunch growing up was often roast chicken with Dad’s tomatoes from the garden and Saturday’s leftover bread. After a modern makeover it’s a firm favourite in my family, where we fight over the bread. One side is crispy and the other soft and delicious, flavoured with the chicken, butter, and herbs. – Kevin…

Mark Southon’s Maultaschen (German-style Ravioli)

Celebrity chef, O'Connell St Bistro

I grew up in England and my earliest memories are of sitting on the worktop, watching and tasting everything my German mother cooked. We frequently went to Germany to visit relatives, when I would learn from my grandmother also. I still visit Germany as often as I can, always with a list of dishes that…

Bevan Smith’s Peach and Blackberry Tart

Riverstone Kitchen

I grew up on a rural Northland dairy farm where Mum was a great baker, sewed all the clothes, and had a massive garden and orchard. She’s still mad keen on gardening and drives the development and day-to-day running of the gardens for the restaurant. As kids we were always raiding both the fruit from…

Brett McGreggor’s Chocolate Coconut Caramel Slice

NZ Masterchef

My brothers and I were always hungry after school and there were usually biscuits or a slice Mum had made in the cupboard. If we couldn’t find anything though, we’d go straight for a can of sweetened condensed milk, which Mum always had around to make this caramel slice, which she also sold at her…

Peter Gordon’s Pavlova

Celebrity chef

Mum makes the best pavlovas and one of our little rituals is that she always makes me one when I come to visit. She’s also been known to take her electric beaters on holiday to my siblings’ houses so she can make them one with her preferred tools. Mum generally serves her pavs with whipped…

Anthony Hoy Fong’s Soy Braised Chicken Thighs

Celebrity chef

Food comes first in my family as we have a lot of good cooks, from aunties and uncles to grandmas and of course Mum, the most influential person to shape my culinary instincts. It also helped that my parents had a fruit shop when I was growing up, so we always had an amazing variety…