Owner and patron of Ohope’s Fisherman’s Wharf Café Tom Maguire is a huge Edmonds baking fan – “I mean how can you not love all those classics? ANZAC cookies and Belgium biscuits, Yoyos…. they are all old-fashioned, but still so good and those Edmonds recipes work!” He even packed his well-used Edmonds Cookery Book when he left NZ in the 1980s, bound for New York City. “You have to…I grew up on Edmonds favourites like ginger Chinese chew, seed cake and coconut rough, and those recipes work and you need it when travelling – I used to dream about getting the icing just right on a neenish tart, they are so good!”
Today that food knowledge, combined with sourcing local product and brainstorming ideas with his talented Head Chef Joel Robertson, produces some stunning results in his café. After resettling in Ohope to be closer to family, and to enjoy “living in paradise,” Tom opened Fisherman’s Wharf Café, with the approach of keeping it simple – think perfectly fresh fish and local ingredients like fruit, bread, and olive oil.
The basic gravy for roast meat “with a few extra additions like my mother always did for our Sunday roast after church at midday.”