Chef On A Mission

8:30pm Tuesday, September 20 on TV One

Tonight on Chef On A Mission, celebrity chef and restaurateur Simon Gault continues his quest to change the way people eat, with his most challenging mission yet: to help cater a big Samoan wedding for 300 guests.

His journey starts at a West Auckland church, where he meets bride and groom-to-be, Emma Sione and Albert Omlang, with their wedding celebrant, Pastor Chris Sululoto.

Emma and Albert outline Simon’s mission – to help cater their wedding reception, for a mere 300 guests. Not only that, Emma is expecting traditional Samoan food, which Simon knows very little about.

There’s only one way to find out. Next stop, Samoa!

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8:30pm Tuesday, September 13 on TV One

Tonight on Chef On A Mission, celebrity chef and restaurateur Simon Gault continues his quest to change the way people eat, with a visit to the Royal New Zealand Police College, in Porirua.

Simon’s mission is to experience the police recruits’ way of life, try their food, then cook them a midwinter Christmas feast on their graduation day, using only local ingredients and his trusty ‘toolkit’ – a box of spices, sauces and secret ingredients he never goes far without.

With 60 constables graduating after five intense months training, expectations for the feast are high. The pressure’s on in the kitchen, and there’s a mad rush to get the meal ready on time. Can Simon stay on the right side of the law, and give these new police officers a graduation feast to remember?

“This mission was truly challenging,” says Simon. “I’m full of admiration for the recruits and the intense training they go through at police college. Then going out on patrol in Wellington and seeing what the cops have to deal with every night was a real eye-opener. It’s all left me with huge respect for the men and women who keep our country safe. To be able to cook the graduation feast for our 60 newest police constables was a privilege and a pleasure.”

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8:30pm Tuesday, September 6 on TV One

Tonight on Chef On A Mission, celebrity chef and restaurateur Simon Gault continues his quest to change the way people eat.

Heading for girls’ boarding school Iona College in Hawkes Bay, his mission is to experience the students’ way of life, take some classes and then attempt to improve their boarding school menu, using only local ingredients and his trusty ‘toolkit’ – a box of spices, sauces and secret ingredients he never goes far without.

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8:30pm Tuesday, August 30 on TV One

Tonight on Chef On A Mission, celebrity chef and restaurateur Simon Gault continues his quest to change the way people eat.

Leaving the comfort of his five-star Auckland waterfront kitchen, tonight Simon takes his ideas about food, nutrition and flavour to the shearer’s quarters at Bendigo Station in Central Otago.

Simon’s mission is to join the local shearing gang, experience their way of life, find out what they eat, then think of ways to improve their menu, cooking them a three-course feast using only local ingredients and his trusty ‘toolkit’ – a box of secret herbs, spices and sauces he never goes far without.

If it comes off, it will be a triumph. But just how will Simon’s fancy restaurant-style dishes go down with a bunch of hard-bitten shearers, more used to scoffing pies, burgers and chips?

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8:30pm Tuesday, August 23 on TV One

Beginning tonight on TV ONE, Chef On A Mission is the new series starring Masterchef judge and restaurant industry personality, Simon Gault.

Simon is on a mission: to change the way people eat.

Over six action-packed episodes, he leaves the comfort of his five-star Auckland waterfront kitchen and takes his ideas about food, nutrition and flavour right to the heartland – and the people who live and work there.

He has to dish up big food fast as he caters for hungry hordes of deep-sea fishermen, a South Island shearing gang, Hawke’s Bay schoolgirls, guests at a big Samoan wedding, police college recruits and the crew of an offshore gas platform.

Simon’s challenge is to experience their way of life, taste their meals – then see if he can make a difference to the way they eat. Where possible he must cook in their kitchens, using only local ingredients and keeping within their normal budget. His secret weapon: his ‘box of tricks’ – a trusty toolkit filled with oils, herbs, spices and specialist equipment he never travels far without.

Enduring intense activities like working on the trawl deck of a deep-sea fishing boat, shearing a merino ram, going on police patrol in downtown Wellington and doing the hard yards on an offshore gas platform, Simon is taken right outside his comfort zone. And then he has to cook – well enough to impress some of the toughest customers in the country. It’s a culinary journey that will push him to the limit.

As much as it is about good food, Chef On A Mission is also about the stunning locations and the brilliant characters Simon encounters along the way.

“It’s been a humbling experience to go out there into heartland New Zealand and get an insight into some very different ways of life,” says Simon. “I’ve met wonderful people in amazing locations and I just hope I’ve been able to bring that extra five per cent magic to their table.”

Tonight, in episode one, Simon slings his hook and heads 150 nautical miles out into the Pacific onboard deep-sea fishing trawler the Amaltal Enterprise. His mission is to join the crew as they trawl for hoki, experience their way of life, find out what they eat, and then work on ways to improve their menu.

Missed an episode of Chef On A Mission? Full episodes are available on line. Go to www.tvnz.co.nz and click ‘on demand’.