Thank F*** it’s Friday with POPDINING’s Andreas Eggmann

Andreas Eggmann - always up for a chat or for cooking a mean feed.

Andreas Eggmann – always up for a chat or for cooking a mean feed.


ON magazine catches up with our regular food writer; global nomad and gastronomic genius, Andreas Eggmann to talk boats, cooking and doing bombs. Then we tell you What’s ON this weekend in Wanaka.


What’s happening in the world of Andreas Eggmann at the moment?

I’m dipping my fingers into a couple new pies and trying to not wear shoes too much.

Describe Pop Dining in five words.

Freestyle, chaotic, experimental,  last-minute, edible.

What’s the secret to working long hours and late nights?

Fun stuff and long blacks.

Working on superyachts must have been pretty surreal. What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen / done / heard on board?

I worked on a boat that filled up a marina in the Bahamas with foam from our foam machine. I also made pizzas dressed as a fireman  at 3am, in a galley equipped with disco balls and strobes.

Which living person do you most admire and why?

Probably my dad. As I get older he continues to blow me away with his insight and cleverness. Humbling.

What are the key ingredients to an unforgettable dinner party?


Where do ideas come from?

Random places, when you least expect them. I have a hard time being creative on demand.

What wakes you up in the middle of the night?

Weird dreams and needing to go to the toilet.

What is your most treasured possession?

I’m not particularly attached to things… probably my passports.

If we raided your fridge, what would we find?

Lots of containers with leftovers from different Pop Dining events.

We are kind of fascinated by that French dish which is a bird inside a bird inside a bird. What’s the strangest thing you’ve served?

The carcass of a roasted chicken.

We also occasionally get starstruck by celebrity. Can you list some of the famous people you’ve cooked for?

Nicolas Sarkozy before he was president of France, Lily Allen, the guy who owns the company that makes most of the cardboard packaging in Europe, the editor of this magazine, the guy who owns the UFC, and a bunch of people from the Cannes Film Festival.

How do you like your eggs?

With bacon.

The best thing about Friday is…

Not much, because it usually means I’ll be working.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

Don’t be defined by your job.

What’s ON for 2014?

Surfing, new projects, NZ holidays.

What’s OFF?

Crappy snow, shoes, too much work.

Who would win in a fight to the death; Nigella Lawson or Gordon Ramsay?

Nigella. She’s way sexier and seems more fun.

What do you like best about Wanaka?

It’s been a long time since I lived there, but I imagine the same things will still apply. The community, the mountains, the lake and sweet places to do bombs.


If it’s too cold to do bombs into the lake this weekend, there’s plenty else ON to keep you entertained. The ON cartel suggest dropping in to Federal Diner on Friday night to see Flip Grater, followed by FuzzPunch at the Water Bar. Things get a little bit country this weekend for the NZ National Rodeo finals and of course the A&P Show. On Sunday we’ll be soothing our souls at The Creek with Joanna Gemma Auguri over a frosty lager or three. Rock ON, Wanaka.

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