The really excellent Taste of Auckland festival kicks off next week. It’s a civilised way to experience food from dozens of top eating establishments with some top drops from around the country. I’ll be appearing in the Fisher & Paykel chef’s demonstration kitchen on Friday evening at 7.15pm. My challenge is to do a 30-minute menu in 45 minutes including a short knife tutorial on the right knives to use for each job in the kitchen, along with a fail-safe, easy-to-remember and effective way to sharpen a knife. I’ll be busy! But, fortunately, I’ll have my lovely daughter Ilaria assisting me and keeping me on time. Love to see you there.