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NZ the “Island of Extreme” for German chef

High profile celebrity German chef Mirko Reeh has set German food lovers' taste-buds alight with his tales of New Zealand wine and food in the Winter 2013 issue of Gourmet Reise.

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The German high-gloss culinary travel magazine dedicated 22 pages to profiling the culinary experiences Mirko enjoyed in New Zealand when he visited last year through TNZ's International media programme, with the support of Air New Zealand.

You can view the coverage here.

Mirko is a prominent chef and media personality based in Frankfurt. He has his own cookery school, is the author of many cookbooks and has his own TV show "Koch Undercover" for German TV channel SAT1.

He is also a regular contributor in Gourmet Reise and in 2014 will publish his latest book "The tourist Mirko Reeh", describing his experiences from his travels - including his time in New Zealand.

During a six day trip around Auckland, Rotorua and Queenstown, Mirko met and cooked with famous New Zealand chefs and visited award winning wineries. While here he met with Meredith's chef Michael Meredith in Auckland, innovative cook Charles Royal in Rotorua, and dined at Rata in Queenstown.

He also got to experience some of the well-known activities along the way - flying by helicopter to White Island, and then through trees at Eco Zip Adventures on Waiheke before a 4WD adventure with Nomad Safaris in Queenstown.

All of the above and more features in the spread where Mirko tells readers that "New Zealand is much more than just the backdrop for 'Lord of the Rings'", and provides a list of recommended hotels, restaurants and vineyards to visit on a trip to New Zealand.

Gourmet Reise is known for well-researched food and travel articles and travel reports focused on culinary experiences and wellbeing.

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