About me and my kitchen!

Hi there and welcome !!

I hope you will find here information and inspiration to a healthier you.

We all have our own unique life  journey, but our circumstances sometimes are similar to others and that pushes us to meet and connect. 

I am happy you have stumbles across mine. 

My personal story began in Israel, where I was born. I spent my childhood on a kibbutz (which is a community based on socialist principles) with lush and fertile soil, orchards and fields all around.

I left Israel when I was 21 for London, from there I travelled to New Zealand  in 1989 and settled here. 

I had my first child at 24 years old, and to me that was a major mile stone, It gave me an incredible inspiration and a strong drive, to live close to nature, and live by natural laws as much as possible. So I had the baby at home, (used only herbal medicine when we needed it) ate sustainably, a strict natural vegan whole-food diet. This was the 'bouncing board'  and a beginning for my life's work with food and cooking, in my home as well as in my service to others.  My services - Catering, Personal Chef Service, Coaching, Cooking Classes and Workshops - all have one thing in common: it is always, simple, real food, fresh fruit and vegetables, raw or cooked from scratch, nuts and seeds etc. etc. always served with love and care.

 

With my passion for real food I began my career in the retail and hospitality industries in 1998 when I opened a small health food shop in Coromandel town, after a wee break raising two more children, I worked in a popular and unique community  ran cafe in Coromandel.

We moved to Dunedin in 2005 where I was part of  Circadian Rhythm vegan cafe.

Two years  later I started  my own business as "The Organic Cook" cooking food for healing as a personal chef as well as running popular cooking classes, in Dunedin. 

You can find my food column in the Otago Daily Times weekend supplement" Resilient" (read it here  https://www.odt.co.nz/lifestyle/food-wine/celebration-abundance,) .

I also present a fortnightly radio show called "Sustainable Gastronomy" ( you can listen to podcasts here https://www.hagarozri.co.nz/radio-show)  where I interview local foodies and farmers, and address health issues that concern us all. (Check out podcasts of the show on the tabs at the top).

Hagar.

 I would love to share my food and sustainable gastronomy with you too. 

THE ORGANIC COOK

PLANT BASED FOOD CLASSES, CATERING AND COACHING
BASED IN DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND

website by kate oktay

photography by michaela cox