Brad King and FeastBox are a food match made in heaven.
When we were introduced to Falls Retreat executive chef Brad and his wife Emma, we knew it was meant to be. Brad is down to earth, passionate and dedicated to the kitchen, and Emma to creating a sustainable and welcoming environment out on their slice of paradise just down the road from Waihi.
Nestled between the pines, overlooking the Karangahake Gorge, they have spent the last five years cultivating Brad’s vision of food as an experience. Their Bistro Restaurant serves good, honest food with a depth and flavour that leaves you totally satisfied.
Brad describes his cooking style as down to earth, passionate and dedicated to the kitchen. “I like to keep it simple by utilising seasonal vege, local organic produce, whatever is coming out of our kitchen gardens,” he says. “Everything is made from scratch. I love food that has fresh herbs and excites the palate; food that has depth and character but can also retain its simplicity. The majority of our menu comes through our wood-fired oven so the food has an earthy quality with a lot of love and raw energy pumped into it.”
Brad and his family live on the property; it’s their home and who they are. “This means we are able to cast a positive and energetic vibe throughout the core of the kitchen and the bistro and it results in a strong, beautiful ambience and food made from the heart.”
He knew he wanted to cook from the age of 14. He studied cooking at Wintec and landed an apprenticeship. Then followed 10 years of working overseas, which strengthened his passion for food and world cuisine.
Winner of the Monteith’s Wild Food Challenge in 2010 and the NZ Beef & Lamb Excellence Award since opening the Falls Retreat Bistro, Brad is making his mark on the New Zealand food industry. He was also named NZ Beef & Lamb Ambassador 2015.
Brad has brought his love of seasonal and simple flavours, along with his creative flair, to this Christmas FeastBox menu – and his years of experience in creating recipes for home cooks means that you don’t need to be a chef to recreate it!