14 April 2016

MasterChef contestant opens home kitchen for fundraiser

Learn fine dining ideas, skills and techniques, while you relax with a wine, beer or non-alcoholic drink in Grant Cowie’s home kitchen.


Passionate about fresh produce cooked with a modern twist making the produce the star, his three-course menu plans can be used for everyday cooking or dinner parties.

About Grant

From 1000 entrants, Grant managed to make the top 24 of MasterChef New Zealand 2012. In the same year he was also the winner of the Farro Fresh Home Cook Challenge at the Waikato Food & Wine Festival.

Grant is a former professional tennis coach so he’s experienced about holding his nerve in top competitions. But he always liked cooking, “probably because I like eating”. As a 17-year-old he decided to train as a chef until a friend asked if he would like to play tennis in Australia, and his career took a different turn.

Today he works from home as a funding planner for not-for-profit organisations – hence his close association with Parent to Parent – and he enjoys having time to cook.

He and wife Judy host hugely popular cooking demos at their Horsham Downs home.

Grant has tutored Hamilton’s Fraser High School adult night classes specialising in international cuisine, and operates a small catering business from his home and off-site.


2016 Cowie Cuisine Cooking Demos.

Tuesday May 24 – Mediterranean Flavours
Thursday June 23 – Winter Three-Course Dinner Party Menu
Thursday July 28 – Fine Dining On A Budget
Tuesday August 23 – Desserts
Thursday September 22 – Canapés
Tuesday October 25 – Healthy, Fresh, Real Food Recipes
Tuesday November 22 – Summer Three-Course Dinner Party Menu
Thursday December 15 – Christmas Platters

$60 a person for menu, cooking demo, tastings, recipes and drinks
6.30pm – 9.00pm
40 Oaktree Lane, Horsham Downs, Hamilton
Limited to 20 places 

To register email Parent to Parent NZ for payment options izelb@parent2parent.org.nz or phone 0508 236 236.

Parent to Parent NZ wishes to acknowledge Grant and Judy’s tremendous generosity in opening up their home for 8 monthly cooking demos, and donating all profits from the evenings to Parent to Parent.

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