English-born Graham Kerr was New Zealand’s first celebrity chef. Initially RNZAF Chief Catering Adviser, he soon found himself on television in a flamboyant persona that would come to be known as the Galloping Gourmet. He has gone on to make more than 1,800 programmes around the world – but, in later years, conversion to Christianity and family ill health have considerably toned down his performance and recipes.
I dislike those eternal lovers – the Romeo and Juliet of New Zealand – the pav and the sav. It’s my intention to make a pavlova cake with a saveloy base which would cure people of both for good. Graham Kerr - in a September 1961 Listener interview