Join Ima's Yael Shochat as she demonstrates a menu of Mediterranean and Israeli cuisine as you watch from the chef's table, followed by a three course dinner with wine.
The sellout Miele Chef's Table cooking demonstration and dinner series is back for 2015 with a spectacular line-up of chefs.
We begin the year with Yael Shochat, the inspirational owner of Ima Restaurant and Delicatessen in Auckland's CBD. She will demonstrate a menu of classic dishes from her Israeli/Mediterranean restaurant, tailored for the home cook. With just 14 guests per evening, you'll have the chance to get up close and personal as you sit at the chef's table, asking any questions that come to mind before enjoying a three course meal matched with wine.
Originally from Israel, Yael has cooked since her early teens, and it wasn't until she studied in the UK that she began to appreciate the importance of food in her life, "Great food can lift your spirit and make you happy, and bad food can bring you down." She arrived in New Zealand from Israel in 1997 with her two young daughters and pregnant with a third. She struggled to find the food she loved to eat, so set about opening her own restaurant. Ima (meaning 'mother' in Hebrew) is her second venture in Auckland, and is a home as much as it is a restaurant. Yael's warmth radiates throughout the entire place and you'll always be welcomed as though you're part of the family, ready to enjoy a meal full of interesting flavours and plates typically unheard of in this spot of the globe.
Her food is simple, honest, healthy and nuturing - she calls it "Mum's Food (provided Mum is a good cook!)"
Eggplant dips and fresh pita
Falafel balls in baby cos leaves with labneh and tabouleh
Slow-cooked lamb with Arab rice and Ima salads
Yael's famous Knafeh
When: Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd March, 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start.
Where: The Miele Showroom, 10 College Hill, Freemans Bay, Auckland.
Book: 2nd March, click here.
3rd March, click here.