We all know that food direct from the garden or farm tastes better - something that celebrated New Zealand chef Ben Bayly knows more than most. As a culinary expert, Ben insists on using locally-sourced ingredients that are grown and raised with care. He is on a mission to define New Zealand's cuisine by celebrating local produce and supporting our producers.
To demonstrate the difference between locally and commercially sourced food, Ben teamed up with Josh from JoBros Burgers to redefine the ubiquitous McDonald's Kiwiburger. For the hero ingredient, Ben sought out the most local and highest quality meat he could find. He discovered Mike McCools purebred grass-fed wagyu beef, farmed without artificial fertilisers, just 40 minutes away. The lettuce, cheese, onion, and beetroot were also sourced locally.
To get the wagyu from Mikes gate to the grill plate, Ben used Earth First Food to process the animal on farm, with the least stress, resulting in the best possible tasting meat.
Limited availability of locally-sourced, high-quality ingredients in commercially produced food.
To define New Zealand's cuisine by celebrating local produce and supporting local producers.
Working with leading chefs and local producers to source the highest quality, locally-sourced ingredients and using innovative, sustainable solutions like Earth First's mobile abattoir to process meat on farm with minimal stress for the animal.