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Kiwi chef: Moving from Samoa to NZ was the saddest time of my life
NZ Herald

Having worked as senior sous chef at London culinary institution Le Gavroche since 1999, Monica Galetti is one of the country's greatest culinary exports. She reveals her answers to some of the most probing questions.

The prized possession you value above all others: Family photos. I was brought up in Western Samoa and then New Zealand and have very few photos from childhood, so those that remain are precious.

The treasured item you lost and wish you could have again: A white gold pendant in the shape of a chilli, which was a birthday present from a friend in 2003. It broke at work, so I wrapped it in clingfilm and put it in my pocket, but I must have somehow thrown it away.

The figure from history for whom you'd most like to buy a pie and a pint: King George VI. I became intrigued by him after watching The King's Speech. I'd love to meet him at that pivotal time in his life.

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