Chef - Al Brown
Chef, Food Writer,
TV Presenter, Fisherman
"One of the culinary highlights of my year, has been the discovery of a relatively new South Island based pork producer.
Sue and Gus Morton of Waitaki Bacon and Ham are breeding 'happy pigs' in a healthy, hormone-free farm environment, where animal welfare is of paramount importance. All this care and effort directly relates to pork products of outstanding quality and taste.
It has been an absolute pleasure cooking, eating and spreading the word about this first-rate producer promoting a 'Farm Gate To Plate' philosophy. It gets the big tick from me"
Former Food Editor of
Cuisine Magazine, and
President Food Writers Guild
“My experience in discovering Waitaki Bacon & Ham Ltd showed me just how good bacon and pork taste – just like the old days, in fact my mother describes it as “good old fashioned bacon the way it use to taste” and I totally agree”.
New Zealand Chef
"As a chef and obsessed foodie I am always on the hunt for quality products and quite often I even get the opportunity to visit some of these fabulous places, which is always exciting and it helps me to honestly talk about a product.
Obviously I love to eat and I love products which have been passionately cared for from start to finish which brings me to this weeks ‘Local Food Hero’ Waitaki Bacon and Ham......"
NZ Food Personality & Columnist for Dominion Post
"Sue's friendly and professional phone manner and her follow up regarding delivery gave me the assurance that the pork belly I was going to receive would be flavoursome and tender.
I felt I had no need to question where the pigs were housed or what they were fed. Sue and Gus, like most New Zealand pig farmers - and farmers generally - respect their animals and aim to do the best job possible for the stock and the resulting product."