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Fri, 12 Apr


Te Whenua Retreat

Kitchen Savvy: cook half as much, eat twice as well

$215, inclusive of lunch and refreshments

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Kitchen Savvy: cook half as much, eat twice as well
Kitchen Savvy: cook half as much, eat twice as well

Time & Location

12 Apr 2024, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm NZST

Te Whenua Retreat, 2277 Gibbston Hwy, Gibbston, New Zealand

About the event

This one-day workshop will provide you with time-saving and labour-saving tips & tricks to help you cook well, eat well, and use your time more efficiently when creating meals at home. 

It's one thing to set aside a day to prepare a meal for a special occasion, but another to cook healthy and delicious meals week after week, month after month, juggling our time in the kitchen with all the other responsibilities we have in our day-to-day lives. Chefs are also busy people - over the course of 15 years of professional cooking I've learnt how to get my own nutritious meals on the table pretty fast. 

During this one day workshop I will share how I've learnt to cook smarter; 

  • the staples always in my fridge, freezer and pantry (and how to make your fridge, freezer and pantry really work for you)
  • how I cook in advance without ever devoting a day to 'prep'
  • creatively and consciously using leftovers as my super-power
  • utilising seasonal produce across the year without loosing my confidence

This day will offer plenty of time for group discussion, knowledge sharing and questions. Most importantly, there will be time for you to apply the concepts we explore to your own routines and tastes, and create a personalised guide that can help you find your own flow in the kitchen. We will also do some hands-on cooking together to create a wonderful plant-based lunch using the techniques and frameworks I'll be sharing, thereby bringing these concepts to life. 

NOTE: You do not have to be following a plant-based diet to benefit - this is about kitchen strategies rather than recipes.



Jenny has been a professional chef for 15+ years, beginning her career in London and moving to NZ in 2011. Prior to launching Te Whenua Retreat, she was the Head Chef at AroHā in Glenorchy for 3.5 years. She is passionate about whole food plant based diets, and also the relationship between our mental health, emotions and the foods we eat as part of a wholistic approach to cooking and eating. 

By clicking RSVP and submitting your details, we will be able to respond to any questions you may have, confirm availability, and we will book you in once you are happy with the details and arrangements. We look forward to hearing from you.

If you wish to stay overnight at Te Whenua on the evening of the retreat this may be possible - please enquire for availability

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