You know the picture: it’s a warm summer’s evening and friends are gathered. The seductive aroma of grilling meat on the barbecue fills the air and triggers the appetite: the stage is set for quintessential kiwi summer food. It’s barbecue season; time to relax over some good outdoor food and conviviality. The barbecue is a summer cooking workhorse for many households, so obviously it takes centre stage, but ‘best supporting dishes’ can really make the performance hum. To keep your life simple, I believe in having one big show-stopper item rather than way too many fiddly little bits and pieces on the go. Our barbecue classes are so popular because they combine culinary inspiration with solid practical cooking tips that you can use and impress your guests the very next time you crank up the hot plate.