Chef on a Mission

MasterChef Judge Simon Gault takes on a tough assignment to visit some extraordinary locations and change the way people eat.

Chef on a Mission

Chef on a Mission
Made with the support of NZ On Air


New Zealanders may know Simon Gault as an executive chef, MasterChef New Zealand judge or, according to one poll, the ninth most-trusted New Zealander.

Over six action-packed episodes, Simon leaves the comfort of his five-star Auckland waterfront kitchen and takes his ideas about food, nutrition and flavour right to the heartland - and the people who live and work there.

He has to dish up big food fast as he caters for hungry hordes of deep-sea fishermen, a South Island shearing gang, Hawkes Bay schoolgirls, guests at a big Samoan wedding, police college recruits and the crew of an offshore gas platform. Simon's challenge is to experience their way of life, taste their meals - then see if he can make a difference to the way they eat. Where possible he must cook in their kitchens, using only local ingredients and keeping within their normal budget. His secret weapon: his 'box of tricks' – a trusty toolkit filled with oils, herbs, spices and specialist equipment he never travels far without.

As much as it is about good food, Chef On A Mission is also about the stunning locations and the brilliant characters Simon encounters along the way.



Series Details

Imagination Television Ltd. Original Format

  • Series 1, 2011 - 6 x 1 Hour


International Distribution

  • Imagination Television Ltd - Worldwide
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