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By ABBIE NAPIER
CREATIVE TAKE: Bamboozle owner and
chef Phillip Kraal whips up some
whitebait bhajis in the restaurant
THERE ARE myriad horrific foods
out there nowadays -- from goat
testicles to chocolate covered cock-
roaches and everything in between.
However, one man's culinary
nightmare is another man's delicacy
and the native whitebait have
always divided the nation.
Some love it, and the development
of the signature whitebait fritter
recipe has become a jealously
guarded family secret. It usually
involves beating eggs, seasoning lib-
erally, and pan-frying in oodles of
Chef Phillip Kraal owns Bam-
boozle in Sumner and is a whitebait
enthusiast, sometimes offering spe-
cial dishes on the restaurant menu,
when he can get it.
With whitebait season in full
swing, Mr Kraal has served up a
whitebait souffle at Bamboozle and
the dish proved a popular change
from the conventional whitebait frit-
I wanted to show how versatile
whitebait can be,'' he said. We use a
lot of seasonal produce in the res-
taurant so if we can get hold of some,
we use it.''
At the Great West Coast Whitebait
Festival in Cranmer Square on Octo-
ber 20, he will show four
variations on the whitebait theme.
The most intriguing would have to
be a Chinese whitebait soup, Shar Bi
Tang, which includes prawns, ginger
and black vinegar (and whitebait).
The West Coast has had a tough
time too recently, and I think this
festival is a great way to help out
To find out more about the Great
West Coast Whitebait Festival,
check out whitebaitfest.co.nz.
Gardner nails it
By MAT KERMEEN
TOP TRADESMAN: Joshua Gardner in action rebuilding Canterbury.
When we turn up to people's
homes and meet them, the
damage becomes a lot more
WITH SO many Cantabrians
needing earthquake repairs, it is
comforting to know Joshua
Gardner is on the job.
Mr Gardner was recently
crowned the Registered Master
Builder and Carters 2012
apprentice of the year for the
central South Island region.
The next step is the national
finals in Wellington on October
25 and 26, where he will go up
against eight other apprentices
from around the country in the-
ory, health and safety plus prac-
Victory in the national title
would bring obvious rewards,
but Master Builders president
Warwick Quinn said just quali-
fying for the national finals was
a feather in the nine finalists'
The Apprentice of the Year is
an excellent stepping stone for
these young guys and is a chal-
lenge that will hopefully give
them the boost they need to
remain successful in the indus-
Originally from Feilding,
Joshua, 23, moved to Christ-
church after the September
2010 earthquake in search of
more stable work.
The industry was really quiet
up there, so I thought I was best
to come down here where I could
help the community.''
He said his work is much
more rewarding in the quake
When we turn up to people's
homes and meet them, the dam-
age becomes a lot more personal.
You see what they endure
every day and it motivates you
to push yourself that much
harder to get them back on their
feet,'' he said.
When they are really satis-
fied with the end result, it's a
His employer, Andrew
of his young
both at work
and as a per-
He aims for
his work, he
is honest and
how to respect authority and
treats others with genuine
hit the books
for the finals,
but the practi-
cal is not so
they will throw
at you. It could
from stairs to
door frames, so
you can't really practise one spe-
cific thing. You just have to back
your all round ability.''
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