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Proprietor’s Jam and Chutneys Put to the Test

Top Palates score top preserves

The Prop, nervous but game, like one of the blokes on Master chef, put his larder up for judgement to a panel consisting of the following discerning gourmets over the weekend:

Dave Dobbyn  O.N.Z.M.

Tim Finn O.B.E.

Bic Runga M.N.Z.M.

Bo Runga

Che Fu  M.N.Z.M.

Panelists Bo Runga and Che Fu post gig.

Bo Runga and Che Fu

T. Finn, Bic Runga, D. Dobbyn in full agreement on jam #3.

T. Finn, Bic Runga, D. Dobbyn


Coincidentally, all the panel were playing a gig Monday night at Millbrook... a minor distraction from their panel duties.

The panel passed the following assessments:

  1. Apricot and Plum Jam -- 3 stars. Good fruity nature, but disappointing finish.
  2. Apricot Jam #2 -- 4 stars. Delicious, tangy fruit, but a little critical of its rather runny consistency.
  3. Apricot Jam #3 -- 5 stars. All round genius.... “you just get it in the first mouthful, and you keep on wanting more B. Runga.”
  4. Chutney # 1 -- 5 stars. Too good by far  “amazing,” etc.

Our thanks to the judges, and also for the incredible jam (bad pun) downstairs afterwards. NZ music rocks!

The Prop thanks jury foreman Che Fu for his hard work. And musical genius. Che Fu and Sam Neill

As a footnote, see Finn and Dobbyn demonstrate how effective a good NZ tailor can be. Sharp as, Bro!

Finn and Dobbyn

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