The people behind the dishes.
We are a family of 5, living in New Zealand, who love food and travel. Food is such a big part of our daily lives and conversation. We love fresh seasonal produce, new dish ideas, traveling and tasting local cuisines.
Shane Avant is a Kiwi and an international award winning chef. He has spent the last 25+ years working in kitchens. His work has taken him from New Zealand to Australia, Fiji, France, Maldives, UK, Japan, cooking in high end kitchen and luxury resorts. He has cooked for a number of celebrities and royalty (but his lips are sealed)!
Shane's understanding of flavours and traditional training make him a fountain of food knowledge and his experience in building chef brigades has made him a great teacher.
The great thing about travel for Shane is exploring local markets and getting to know local suppliers, focusing on local/ seasonal produce to influence what is created in his kitchen.
Sara-Jane is a home cook, who loves adapting recipes, creating new meals and trying out new things in the kitchen. Over the years she has built a collection of recipes, perfected through the honesty of her taste testing family!
Sara has had the absolute luxury of being able to ask a professional chef, all her food queries and questions. Whether it's a new cooking method she wants to understand, a recipe that's not quite right or what substitute ingredients can be used, the abundance of shared knowledge has helped her learn and grow.
Why we created A Tasty Kitchen.
A Tasty Kitchen was created to share our passion for great food.
Cooking is a life skill. We want to keep the skill alive and pass it on to the next generation. A quick mid week meal, really doesn't have to come from a jar or packet. We encourage you to ditch the pre made jars and packets and to start filling up your cupboards with fresh, local and seasonal produce.
With every recipe we share step by step instructions, pro tips and advice to simplify the process. And most importantly to help you gain confidence and have fun in the kitchen!
Join us for a culinary journey, ask questions, watch, learn, try something new and let's get cooking!