The language of food.
The Mexican city of Monterrey, 1968… a 21-year-old Englishman named Rick Stein orders a taco that is to change his life.
Kelda Hains is part of the team behind the new Wellington restaurant Rita. She also has a cookbook out, named after the popular cafe she co-owns, Nikau.
The Israeli-British chef and restauranteur worked with one of the best bakers he knows, Helen Goh, on the new cookbook Sweet, which includes recipes for 'Ottolenghified' Anzac biscuits and pavlova.
Sam Kass cooked for the Obamas in the White House for six years and served as President Obama's senior adviser for nutrition policy.
With Auckland's first downtown Pacific restaurant Kai Pasifika now up and running, chef Robert Oliver is planning his next move - a Pacific Islands food campaign which will include a reality TV cooking competition.
Shepherd-turned-chef Al Brown shot to prominence on the local culinary scene in the mid-1990s with his Logan Brown restaurant in Wellington. He tells Kim Hill New Zealanders should be wonderfully proud of our traditional food culture.
Rachel Priestley had a successful career in Europe as a chef and restaurateur and it was while working in Italy that she developed a passion for traditional curing.
Maria Parsons, 58, is a retired chef who lives on the Otago Peninsula with her dog Carlos and cat Socks.