Al's approach to cooking is all about simplicity and generosity. His dishes deliver uncomplicated excellence and showcase the culinary landscape of New Zealand. People and place are key to his philosophy; wonderful friends and unique locations will always enhance an eating experience. In Al's opinion, food is the vehicle for conversation, fun and memorable occasions.

Al is the master mind behind the highly successful Depot and Federal Delicatessen in Federal Street Auckland, plus the bagel factory Best Ugly Bagels. He is also the author of popular cook books such as 'Go Fish: Recipes and Stories from the New Zealand Coast' and 'Stoked: Cooking with Fire' and has presented a number of culinary television shows.

Al spends his time outside of the restaurant writing, presenting, cooking for events and demonstrations, and pursuing his passion for fishing.