‘Food of chiefs’: There’s more to eating fish heads

Fish heads, says Peter Gordon, are known as “the food of the chiefs” in Māori food lore.

“New Zealanders on the whole would think of a fish head as cheap food, but for many cultures it’s the best part of the fish.”

I’m in a one-on-one cooking class with the acclaimed chef, who’s talking me through the menu for his upcoming Kai Tāmaki Makaurau event as part of Auckland’s Restaurant Month.

A four-course menu at his waterfront restaurant Homeland will kick off with a fish head crostini; guests are encouraged to get hands-on making the dish, and Gordon is generously giving me a private preview.

The Press, July 30, 2023.

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