Chefs Kitchen opening
13 September 2018
Chefs Kitchen opening
WHS students and teacher with Dean Wong.
From the left – Glachyus Quennell-Toia, Linda Hardcastle (HoD Food and Nutrition), Caitlyn Butlin, Dean, Andrew Wong and Aragorn Cavanagh.
You will have noticed the changes at the once petrol station site close to the Carlton Ave/London Street roundabout. It is now the Chefs Kitchen selling ‘Food for Foodies.’ As Manager/Chef Dean Wong says, “We will be providing restaurant quality food in a takeaway situation.”
While the food is top quality the prices are not restaurant prices. Dean says, “I don’t need waiting staff, chairs, tables and other overheads and so I can keep the prices down.”
Chefs Kitchen will be open from 6am to 8pm, seven days a week. From 6am till about 2 to 3pm, the range of food will include sandwiches, sushi, vegetable rice rolls, salad selections made up on the spot, chicken wings and legs, waffles and bacon with maple syrup, roast of the day with baps, pies and pastries including filo parcels.
From around 2.40pm to 4pm he will introduce deserts, platters, ready-to-go meals in boxes, pasta, gnocchi as well as burgers and pizzas. But these food items are not just run-of-the-mill offerings. The platters will give you a choice from breads and dips, Mediterranean style chargrilled vegetables, oysters and prawns and smoked salmon (he does the smoking himself). On Fridays he will have a smoked fish pie. All will be suitable to take out to a dinner or to a picnic in the summer. There is plenty of off street parking.
The burgers are definitely gourmet style. The choice includes chicken satay, prawns, pulled pork kranski with beetroot and lamb with Tzatziki. Likewise with the range of pizzas. As you might guess, Dean makes all his own pestos, dips, mayonnaises and tapenades.
There is a full range of drinks and breads including bagels, pretzels and rewana bread.
Dean will be supported by four to five staff to start with. He is being assisted by culinary students from Whanganui High Schools – students he has mentored over this year – who want to return his generosity. Previously he would go to high schools but they will come to him in the future as part of the Gateway programme. He has also mentored students from St Johns Hill and Intermediate as well as UCOL.
River City Press 13/9/18