Frequently voted one of the world’s best hideaways, Wharekauhau Country Estate is a peaceful and private haven surrounded by a spectacular land and seascape. Sheep and cattle roam free on its five thousand acres. This is a historic working farm with a contemporary luxury lodge at its heart. While it is a place set apart, remote and secluded, it is in the middle of somewhere; one of New Zealand’s most scenic and interesting regions, the Wairarapa, ‘big sky’ country with a growing reputation for its wines and gourmet foods, from olive oil to chocolate, cheese and pinot noir.
All of these ingredients and more play a vital part in the Lodge food, and the chef’s recipes at the centre of this book.