Six of the best: Visa Wellington On a Plate chef collaborations

August 02, 2017
Six of the best: Visa Wellington On a Plate chef collaborations

What's better than dinner at one of Wellington's best eateries? Two of your favourite chefs playing host for the night at one of Wellington's best eateries.

When it comes to foodie collaborations, few do it better than Visa Wellington On a Plate.

With the 17-day long series of events merely days away (for the uninitiated, see our foodies' guide right here) we figured it was about time to get acquainted with some of this year's finest foodie collabs. If you've ever wondered what could possibly happen if the team at Attica were to take over Wellington's seafood institution, Ortega Fish Shack, you're in for one seriously tantalising treat.

1. Nose to Tail
Chef duo William Cook and Carlo Buenaventura first teamed up during their Matterhorn days, working under Town Mouse’s Dave Verheul. Now, the pair are back and combining talents in the Whitebait kitchen, for a five-course extravaganza, teamed with mouth-watering snacks. Our suggestion? Cap off a day spent at the ConversatioNZ Symposium with dinner at Whitebait – Cook and Buenaventura style.

2. Capital Culprit
Tipped as Auckland's freshest new dining destination, Culprit is a breath of fresh air for the inspired culinary crowd. Take chefs Kyle Street and Jordan Macdonald, add one Shep Elliott and you've got a winning combination. The trio will team up at Te Aro's Shepherd Restaurant for three stellar courses paired with beautiful local beverages.

3. Oysters on Marion with Garage Project & Martin Bosley
Few pairings work together quite like oysters and beer, so you know you're in for a treat when renowned Kiwi chef Martin Bosley teams up with local craft beer pioneers Garage Project. The team will come together at Marion, for an al fresco dining experience unlike any other, pairing freshly-shucked oysters with world-class local brews. This pop-up will run for seven consecutive nights, at Marion St. car park, from 5pm 'til late.

4. Martin Bosley at Rimutaka Prison
In keeping with previous events, Rimutaka Prison will open its doors to a uniquely different dining experience, Rimutaka Prison Gate to Plate. Celebrated chef Martin Bosley will return to mentor prisoners through a hosting a dining experience, offering ticket holders a 3-course meal with a unique point of difference. Due to increased demand, this event selects guests via a ballot system, in case you missed out, be sure to check out the Rimutaka Prison Gate to Plate Pop-Up.

5. Made by a Samoan
Offering a beautifully refreshing insight into the fundamentals and methodology behind Samoan culture, Made By A Samoan will weave together a handful of contemporary pacific creatives trailblazing within their respective fields. Celebrated photographer Andrew Matautia, chef Monique Fiso, cocktail maestro Ray Letoa and hip-hop DJ Ian Seumanu, will reinterpret what it means to be Samoan, through their passion and dedication to their craft. Caffe L'affare will host this one-of-a-kind collab at their roastery in Newtown.

6. WBC & Jenny Gao Sichuan Soul Feed Feast
Decorated food writer Jenny Gao will bring China’s first modern fast casual dining concept to Wellington with Sichuan Soul Food Feast at Wholesale Boot Company. Boasting a multicourse menu and reimagined traditional Sichuan dishes, this event is likely to be a sellout.

While some of our favourite collabs were quick to sell out (think Attica at the ShackCumulus Inc. takeover and Roots in the Kitchen) don't despair, there's always next year.

To read more about Visa Wellington On a Plate, view the event programme or secure your tickets, see their website right here.