Chef's Blog

  • Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 2014

    Posted on March 24, 2014
    Our Executive Chef, James Stapley joined some of the globe’s most inspiring culinary stars at this year’s Melbourne Food and Wine Festival in Australia.

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  •  Left, Sarah with Michael McHugh, the editor in chief of Mindfood and Michelle McHugh, food director of Mindfood.  Right, Sarah with Sharon Angus from SilverFern Farms.

    MiNDFOOD Best Homecook of the Year

    Posted on March 06, 2014
    Last month Sarah Wadsworth joined some of the best homecooks from around the country to compete for the in inaugural MiNDFOOD Best Homecook of the Year for 2014.

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  • Relais & Chateaux Long Lunch and Cooking Demonstration

    Posted on November 20, 2013
    An exciting collaboration took place last weekend at fellow NZ Relais & Chateaux property, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers in Hawke's Bay - The inaugural Relais & Chateaux Long Lunch.

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  • Christchurch Fundraising Dinner

    Posted on August 12, 2013
    Executive Chef James Stapley contributed his talent recently to help Cantabrian's fundraising efforts, helping to raise over $100,000 at a special five course dinner held a the Christchurch Art Gallery. Photos by Alice Sarginson

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  •  Kenneth Myer Artist and Writers Alpine Retreat food vacuumed sealed and ready to fly to the Chalet

    Artist in Residence 10-day Menu

    Posted on May 22, 2013
    On Easter Friday I dropped off 10 days worth of menu items we had prepared for the helicopter to shuttle up to Chalet, for the Kenneth Myer Artist and Writers Alpine Retreat.

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  • Summer collection

    Posted on March 24, 2013
    My Favorite Dishes of Summer

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  • James


    Posted on November 04, 2012
    Fresh spring ingredients

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  • Chef's Introduction

    Posted on September 24, 2012
    My name is James Stapley. I've been the Executive Chef at Whare Kea Lodge and Chalet in Wanaka for nearly six years.

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 Award-winning chef James Stapley

 A taste of the gourmet menu at Whare Kea Lodge