My parents are very humble people who own a successful roofing business. They started it 30 years ago with one spray machine and developed it into a very successful business. They taught me to have a good work ethic and to be grateful, the most important qualities of all. In terms of television role models… I love Anthony Bourdain, Mike Rowe and Jeremy Clarkson.
Wellbeing is everything. You are only as good as you feel. When I'm fit and healthy and eating well, everything else in my life falls into place. Fitness = happiness.
When I was seven I got paid $100 to spin a basketball on my finger for a Pizza Hut commercial. I still have a photocopy of the cheque. But I never really imagined making a living from it. I'm better suited to roofing like my dad. Even now I still get nervous before big MC gigs or even the six o'clock weather shifts on occasion… It's the longest link in television. You're live in front of the nation for four minutes and there's a whole plethora of things that could go wrong and so often do.
I spend so much time being away for work, my favourite thing to do on the weekend is to stay home! But my favourite spots are Langs Beach, Waipu, Mangawhai or anywhere in the Coromandel. When I get there I sit on my bum. I also love to cook; my signature meal is pork belly with killer crackling. Running a close second is my lamb rack.