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Our 2018 Hosts:

TV Personality & Artist – Erin Simpson

Erin is an artist, a TV and radio personality who has delivered over 100 hours of quality New Zealand television to a range of demographics from 10 to 60, including 5 years as the host of The Erin Simpson Show.

Currently Erin hosts the Entertainment and Lifestyle show, Red Carpet New Zealand, showcasing events, premiers, award nights, concerts and more around New Zealand!

Facebook: @erinsimpsonofficial  |  Instagram: @erinsimpson13

Chef & Food Enthusiast – Grant Allen

Grant Allen is a private chef, food writer and food stylist. He specialises in pop up dinners and events, whether private, corporate or promotional. His food is known for being uncomplicated, ingredient driven and New Zealand focused.

Facebook: @GRANTCOOKS  |  Instagram: @grantallencookltd

Owner & Editor Cuisine Magazine – Kelli Brett

After moving to New Zealand in 2017 to take on the editor role at Cuisine Magazine, things changed during the Christmas season where Kelli and Vanessa Stranan (Advertising Manager of Cuisine) purchased the magazine from Fairfax Media.
Kelli truly is passionate about fine food grew up in her mother’s gourmet food store, with a career that moved on to presenting The Main Ingredient with Kelli Brett, which ran nationally across Australia on ABC networks and won a World Food Media award for best food-and-wine radio as well as writing Australia Cooks, working across the country with home chefs, artisan producers and regional chefs.

Facebook: @TheMainIngredientWithKelliBrett  |  Instagram: @kellibrett

TV Presenter & Fashion Blogger – Carolyn Keep

In the early 2000s Carolyn Taylor spent five years as presenter of TVNZ’s iconic and much-loved children’s program What Now? She built her skills as a presenter by doing live television and has earned the reputation for being engaging and charming with viewers.
Since then she has been the presenter on Jack of all Trades, survived Celebrity Treasure Island, scared herself silly presenting Ghost Hunt, and hosted the night show on The Edge radio station. Most recently however you will have seen her face, with a helmet on, hosting TVNZ’s People on Bikes on Sunday evenings.

Blog: fashionistafail.com  |  Instagram: @carolynkeep_

Model & Agency Owner – Patric Seng

Seng was 33 years old when he fulfilled his modelling dream at New York Fashion Week, but it hasn’t been an easy ride as  was once told he wasn’t model material! Now he has taken to the catwalk in the 2016 New York Fashion Week and started his own modeling agency, Bintang Models, in 2014.

Patric embraces his life-long involvement with fashion through graphic design, photography and modelling. His photography has featured in national magazines, and Patric himself has made many television appearances. It was his love for the industry that inspired him to start Bintang Models – allowing him to be more hands on.

Facebook: @patricseng.photographer  |  Instagram: @patricseng / @bintangmodels

Sports Star & Commentator – Melodie Robinson

New Zealand sports journalist and presenter, and former international rugby union player for the New Zealand women’s national rugby union team. She played 18 tests for the New Zealand women’s team, the Black Ferns, from 1996 to 2002. Robinson won two world cups in that time, playing blindside or openside flanker. While playing rugby she gained a degree from the University of Otago (BA PHSE) and a journalism certificate from Wellington Polytechnic in 1996. From starting out sharing the latest sports news at Radio New Zealand to being a regular face on our TVs with SkyTV Sport over the last 15 years.

Instagram: @melodierobinson  |  Twitter: @anicemelodie

Our 2017 Hosts:

Public Speaker & Author – Jake Bailey

Jake Bailey is the ex-Christchurch Boys’ High School senior monitor, whose end of year speech made worldwide headlines after going viral in November 2015. A week before he was due to deliver this speech, Jake fell ill and was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, the fastest growing cancer known to man. Jake was given 2 weeks to live if this was left untreated. He persevered through to make his speech to his school, and the video of this went on to touch the hearts of millions and draw support from across the globe.

Since being announced in remission in January 2016, Jake has gone on to share his experiences, his story, and the things he has learnt that have given him clarity throughout his journey, in the hopes of helping others facing difficulties. He has presented over 100 speeches to a vastly wide range of audiences across many locations, and while based on the Gold Coast full time, he travels most weeks for these presentations. He is the author of the #1 Bestselling book, ‘What Cancer Taught Me’, a weekly columnist for the NZ Herald, and the subject of the documentary ‘The Common Touch’. He is also an official ambassador for two charities- Maia Health Foundation in New Zealand, and Tour de Cure in Australia, and is incredibly passionate about these organisations and the differences they make.

Owner of Milly’s Kitchen – Liz Oldfield

You couldn’t get more of an iconic cooking store in New Zealand than Milly’s Kitchen, and hospitality industry veteran Liz Oldfield who aims for great customer service and dedicated staff at her Milly’s Kitchen stores.

Milly’s have been supplying quality kitchenware for serious cooks since 1983. With 2 retail stores based in Ponsonby and Parnell – Auckland, Milly’s is “where people meet, who love to cook”

Leading NZ Wine Connoisseur – Yvonne Lorkin

Yvonne is like the wine friend you wish you had – smart, funny and always a few steps ahead when it comes to discovering new wines and reappraising the classics.

Yvonne studied wine at the world-renowned Roseworthy College in Adelaide, supplementing her academic education with first hand experience at cellar doors, restaurants and specialty wine stores. These days she’s kept very busy as a judge of local and international competitions, wine columnist for numerous newspapers and magazines, and as resident wine expert on Radio NZ National. She also presents the popular television series Thirsty Work, interviewing the characters of New Zealand’s wine industry with a charismatic and engaging style.

Ganesh & Jo of the Tasting Shed

The Tasting Shed – Ganesh & Jo

The Tasting Shed was the brainchild of both Ganesh and his wife Jo, who decided to open their dream restaurant in the picturesque setting of New Zealand’s oldest wine country. Ganesh and Jo are devoted to bringing you the best dining experience Auckland has to offer – an entrée style gastronomic voyage that takes your taste buds on an adventure.

Ganesh has won the Metro’s Restaurant Personality of the Year two years running. They welcome all to join them at The Tasting Shed in Kumeu for stunning food and great company served in the perfect setting.

Sports Star & Commentator – Melodie Robinson

New Zealand sports journalist and presenter, and former international rugby union player for the New Zealand women’s national rugby union team. She played 18 tests for the New Zealand women’s team, the Black Ferns, from 1996 to 2002. Robinson won two world cups in that time, playing blindside or openside flanker. While playing rugby she gained a degree from the University of Otago (BA PHSE) and a journalism certificate from Wellington Polytechnic in 1996. Her first work was in radio, working at the press gallery in Wellington covering politics. She is currently in fulltime employment with Sky Sport NZ and is completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management at Auckland University’s Business School.

Editor Cuisine Magazine – Kelli Brett

Kelli is a passionate story teller and an excellent content director as the Managing Editor of New Zealand’s premium food and drink magazine ‘Cuisine’ and Director of Fairfax NZ’s food channel.

Kelli grew up in her mother’s gourmet food store, then went on to work in five-star hotel management and events before shifting into media, eventually presenting The Main Ingredient with Kelli Brett, which ran nationally across Australia on ABC networks and won a World Food Media award for best food-and-wine radio. She also conceived and wrote Australia Cooks, working across the country with home chefs, artisan producers and regional chefs – all the while working full time as content director for ABC. Since starting at Cuisine, she has spent much of her time racing about the country, getting to know the local food scene.

TV Personality & Artist – Erin Simpson

Erin is an artist, a TV and radio personality who has delivered over 100 hours of quality New Zealand television to a range of demographics from 10 to 60, including 5 years as the host of The Erin Simpson Show.

Although as a young girl living in Te Kauwhata Erin was never adverse to pitching in on the Simpson family farm, in fact she loved it and still does on occasion when needed , the idea of her following in the family business was never on the cards. Instead Erin immersed herself in art and singing eventually gaining a Bachelor in Musical Theatre and then took on her biggest challenge to date, ‘The Erin Simpson Show’ with 770 episodes over 5 years.

Currently Erin is working for Stuff.co.nz as their celebrity in homes reporter, going around to celebrity homes and capturing their most treasured items and moments. She has a new show that has been confirmed on TVNZ and is set to be released in September 2017. Her home decor range ‘Beautiful Objects’ is now sold in over 100 New Zealand retail stores.

Model & Agency Owner – Patric Seng

Seng was 33 years old when he fulfilled his modelling dream at New York Fashion Week, but it hasn’t been an easy ride as  was once told he wasn’t model material. Now he has taken to the catwalk in the 2016 New York Fashion Week and started his own modeling agency, Bintang Models and Management, in 2014.

An unapologetic optimist, Patric embraces his life-long involvement with fashion through graphic design, photography and modelling. His photography has featured in national magazines, and Patric himself has made a number of television appearances.

For Patric Seng, it’s all about connection. He’s as passionate about the people he meets and works with as he is about the fashion industry itself. It was his love for the industry that inspired him to start Bintang Models – it allows him to be more involved at the coalface of the industry and to engage more deeply with the people he meets along the way.

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