Your MC for the night

We are delighted to have acclaimed comedian, actress, TV presenter and writer, Michele A’Court, as our MC for Too Many Cooks. Michele burst onto the New Zealand entertainment scene as the host of children’s TV show What Now and since then has appeared in various television shows including Shortland Street, Go Girls and A Night At the Classic. She is no stranger to the stage, with her theatre credits including Mike & Virginia, The Vagina Monologues and Mum’s The Word.

Michele is probably best known for her comedy prowess, having been awarded “NZ Female Comedian of the Decade” in 2010 and receiving the VAC Reilly Comedy Award for Excellence in 2015.

Michele is an accomplished presenter and we are looking forward to the humour and sparkle she will undoubtedly bring to our evening on 9th October.

Michele A’Court

Our trio of local culinary masters

Darren Wright

Darren began his career as a kitchen hand in Akaroa and after studying at the then CPIT, he worked at the Crown Plaza. In 1999 Darren won the SPHC Junior Chef of the Nation Award. In 2000 Darren returned to his roots with the purchase of popular Akaroa restaurant Harbour seventy-one which he owned for nine years. Darren and wife Leanne founded Chillingworth Road in Christchurch in 2012.

Darren won the South Island Chef of the Year title two years in a row and has competed regularly in the NZ Culinary Team. Darren is also one of the highly regarded Beef+Lamb NZ Ambassadors.

Jimmy McIntyre

Jimmy McIntyre has been Executive Chef at the luxurious Otahuna Lodge since 2003. Jimmy loves using seasonal produce and the freshest ingredients available to create sumptuous degustation menus for the guests of this prestigious establishment.

Prior to becoming the jewel in Otahuna Lodge’s crown, Jimmy was Head Chef at the iconic Christchurch restaurant Tiffanys.

Andrew Brown

Founder of Burgers and Beers Inc, Andrew Brown, is described as a “top dude” and “all-round good bugger”. Andrew was formerly the executive chef of the George Hotel and he has held senior roles in award-winning fine dining restaurants and cafes.

Andrew has worked with some of New Zealand’s most acclaimed chefs and has been involved in catering for VIPs including New Zealand Prime Ministers, Governor-Generals, Princess Anne and the Prince of Wales. He has been recognised with numerous culinary awards including New Zealand Beef+Lamb Ambassador and is currently employed by United Fisheries as their Marketing and Production Manager.