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Selwyn Times: August 02, 2016

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22 Tuesday August 2 2016 Taste SELWYN TIMES Creating restaurants post-quake Ever wondered who is cooking your food when you go out to a café or restaurant? The Star continues its series this week with Dux head chef Tristan Anderson • By Gabrielle Stuart WHEN TRISTAN Anderson says he has worked to create three restaurants from scratch since the earthquake, you can take it literally. When the Dux team were working to open Dux Live in 2011 they pitched in to do whatever they could, whether that meant picking up a paint brush or learning to use a concrete grinder. That teamwork was something he had always loved about the kitchen, he said. “It feels like a sport when you’re doing service, making sure you’re manning your section. It’s physically and mentally demanding but very rewarding.” He now works between Dux Dine in Riccarton and Dux Central, managing 22 chefs as well as cooks and kitchen-hands. He started at Dux de Lux in 2002, after several years at Blue Jean Cuisine restaurants in Sydenham and on Manchester St. From there he landed a role working as a chef in Melbourne. But when in 2010 he was offered a job back at Dux as sous chef, he jumped at the chance to return. Although he enjoyed the work in Melbourne, he said many chefs there were just “going through the motions”, and he wanted to be part of building something bigger. The role at Dux gave him a chance to learn more about management, and after the earthquake he had to put that knowledge straight into action as they worked to open Dux Live in 2011, Dux Dine in 2012 and Dux Central last year. Although management was a big part of his work, he still stayed in the thick of the action in the kitchen. “I definitely try to create an environment in both my kitchens that I want to be in. I lead, but I make sure these guys are all on a level where they are learning together.” Personally, he said there was H ORNBY WORKINGMEN’S CLUB «WHAT'S ON« WESTVIEW LOUNGE FRIDAY 5 August, 7PM Jo's Karaoke SATURDAY 6 August, 4.30PM AL PARK 8PM MEDIUM RARE «COMING UP« SATURDAY 20th AUGUST, 8PM DnD Showband presents THREE SHOWS IN ONE... Fleetwood Mac ; ABBA; Moulin Rouge Pre sale tickets $20 / Door sales $25 SUNDAY 21 AUGUST, 2PM Pat Dugan's 90th Birthday Celebration Tickets $20. SATURDAY 27 AUGUST, 7.30PM SOUND SENSATION 13 PIECE SHOWBAND. Tickets $25. Hornby WMC | ph 03 349 9026 | 17 Carmen Road | Hornby www.hornbyworkingmensclub.co.nz | Members, guests & affiliates welcome PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN still a lot he was learning. He said Dux owner Richard Sinke was very well travelled and knowledgeable when it came to food, so developing menus which could impress him was its own challenge. He was recently named a finalist in the chef category of the Christchurch Hospitality Awards, alongside Harlequin Public House owner Jonny Schwass and Giulio Sturla of Lyttleton’s Roots Restaurant. He said it was an honour to be named alongside the two, who were both chefs he would “take my hat off to”. Although cheffing had its ups and downs, he was still passionate about food and loved what he did. Even after work, he said he Grand National Racing Carnival 6, 10, 13 August | Riccarton Park Racecourse Proud to sponsor Saturday 13th August 142nd NZ Grand National Steeplechase Start your day with us RESTAURANT & CAFÉ We are open from 6.30am Race Day Breakfasts Cooked breakfasts $17 50 Party on with us LIVE MUSIC |SPORTS BAR Friday 5th: Medium Rare Saturday 6th: Mark Henare Wednesday 10th: Code Red Racecourse Hotel 118 Racecourse Rd, Ph 342 7150 www.racecoursehotel.co.nz Open daily from 6.30am - late enjoyed putting together a roast or slow-cooked meal at home for his partner and two children. But although he ruled the kitchen at work, that did not apply when he was at home. “It’s her kitchen. We’ve been together eight years, so I definitely know not to try to give her any advice when it comes to her cooking.” Seniors 2-course Lunch Deal Roast/Dessert or Soup/Roast Mon-Sat 12pm-2.30pm $20 Children's 2-course Special $10 We are family friendly. Want to be elected? • Local Council • Community Board • Ecan • CDHB You need to talk to Star Media about your campaign today. Let us help you. Call Lynette Evans P. 03 364 7434 | M. 021 222 7831 E. lynette.evans@starmedia.kiwi

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The 3-Series in total is a true sports sedan range and I’m really smitten with the concept, the 330i has road feel, power and handling that makes you feel so much part of the car. And if you take into account it has economy almost unrealistic for a performance car, the combination is simply amazing. On my long highway journey and cruising at a steady 100km/h, the instantaneous fuel usage figure was constantly hovering around four-litres per 100km (70mpg), that sits well with BMW’s combined cycle average claim of BMW 330i: Touring car of true genius. just 5.8l/100km (49mpg). These figures could suggest unremarkable performance, but the opposite applies, the 330i is the powerhouse of the 3-Series line-up, it will scamper to 100km/h in 5.8sec and will make an 80km/h to 120km/h overtaking time of 4sec. And I made many overtakes on my journey, the 330i is a touring car of true genius. But it is also the docile sedan for when the driving environment is a lot more sedate, I had the test car for a week at home and used it for inner-city travel, especially to and from the hospital during the time my wife was having surgery. The 330i is involving to drive at all times, as a driver you feel tightly connected to it. The 3-Series isn’t, big but it does translate its compact proportions into a user-friendly environment, and that is something BMW does well, not only is it desirable, as a sports machine it relishes the everyday role. To reinforce that, the 330i has compliant suspension, it soaks up the big hits from Christchurch’s roads, but it also has the firming needed to control body balance tightly when fired into a series of tight corners. Of course, the 3-Series has a • Price – BMW 330i, $88,000 • Dimensions – Length, 4633mm; width, 1811mm; height, 1429mm • Configuration: Fourcylinder, rear-wheeldrive, 1988cc, 185kW, 350Nm, eight-speed automatic. • Performance – 0-100km/h, 5.8sec • Fuel usage– 5.8l/100km host of wheel and tyre options but the test car was sitting on aggressive, 19in Bridgestone Potenza rubber. I leaned the evaluation car heavily into several tight and twisty sections and can conclusively say grip is phenomenal, the quality of the fully independent suspension lends itself to sporty driving, and if you take into account the feel you get from rear-wheel-drive, then being part of a car such as this is almost the ultimate pleasure. At the other end, sitting longitudinally, is a turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. The twincamshaft unit works through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. It has a paddle-shift mechanism if you want to take control over the gearshift process. There are also sport, normal and eco pro driving modes that the driver can use so that the car can adapt to varying driving conditions. I used sport mode a lot when passing opportunities arrived, and normal mode when long straights called for the use of cruise control. With the decisive torque boost that turbocharging provides, the 330i is a swift mover under acceleration, it will pull from anywhere in the rev band. At city speeds the engine will often hover at around 1000rpm, yet it will unleash and rev freely if the throttle is given a nudge. The 330i lands here at $88,000, it’s a premium price but you do get a lot of car for the money. Column space doesn’t allow for comprehensive detailing of specification items but to say it has a lot of kit and can be specced to personal satisfaction. However, the factor that means the most to me is the engineering prowess that BMW builds into its motor vehicles, the chassis design and construction create a sublime driving experience while the engine is a true delight with its surge and keen throttle response. As much as I enjoyed the drive back to Christchurch and, as much as I lust after the 330i, I’d still be happy with its sibling – the 320i. 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