- The Plate
Game Hunting Goes Gourmet
A TV chef who hunts and cooks his food in the New Zealand wilderness is taking viewers back to basics with (very) fresh ingredients.
Angelo Georgalli is taking me rabbit hunting.
We’re climbing the Isthmus Peak track, a gravel track surrounded by tussocks leading up to the 4,544-foot saddle between Lakes Wanaka and Hawea in the Southern Alps of New Zealand’s South Island. Georgalli carries his compound bow in a light grip in his left hand, moving slowly and silently up the frost-covered track. On a ridgeline he freezes, scanning the area.
“Do you see anything?” I whisper.
“Yes—pure beauty,” he smiles.
Georgalli is the star of The Game Chef, a combination hunting and cooking show—set to air internationally on the National Geographic Channel—on which he bowhunts or fly-fishes for game, then promptly turns his quarry into an exquisite meal over an open fire. During one episode, he