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Peta Mathias: TV foodie...

Interview – 2009

Food, travel and television are synonymous with Peta Mathias. For 12 years she hosted TVNZ’s Taste New Zealand and its spin-off shows Toast New Zealand, Taste Takes Off and A Taste of Home. Mathias says her toughest TV moment came in Bolivia as part of the Intrepid Journeys series. It was a trip she describes as 'pure hell'. As well as her TV credits, Mathias has written several books about food and travel, and leads food tours to her favourite gastronomic hot spots around the world. 

In this ScreenTalk, Mathias talks about:

  • How she was discovered and her first TV audition
  • The impact Taste New Zealand had on local cuisine
  • How her outrageous outfits were a deliberate strategy
  • What she thinks of TV food shows
  • Why she ended up cooking on Hudson and Halls' old stove
  • Why her Intrepid Journey to Bolivia was hell on earth
  • And the practical reason behind setting up her own production company
This video was first uploaded on 29 September 2009, and is available under this Creative Commons licence. This licence is limited to use of ScreenTalk interview footage only and does not apply to any video content and photographs from films, television, music videos, web series and commercials used in the interview.
Interview, Camera and Editing – Andrew Whiteside