//064 Kaai Silbery, chef + beekeeper

April 13, 2021

Kaai Silbery (Ngāti Rakaipaaka, Ngāti Kahungunu, Tainui) is the founder of Go Wild Apiary, Chatham Islands Freeze Dried Honey.

Also working as the head chef at Hotel Chatham, she is passionate about wild foods, endemic plant species and, of course, her bees. 

In this episode we travel to Rēkohu, Chatham Islands, to kōrero with Kaai about her unique honey product and how it is gracing the menus of restaurants across the world. We also talk about her journey to becoming a chef and how a carved pou at the local island marae helped her discover her whakapapa connection to Rēkohu. 

I’ve been a chef for over 25yrs and have always been the only female in the actual kitchen. It is a challenging industry.

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