Samuel Scott

Samuel Scott is a celebrated musician who got confused one day and went to the wrong job and emerged from his chrysalis a beautiful food journalist. He has composed music for films like Boy and Hunt For The Wilderpeople, performed with The Phoenix Foundation around the globe, written about cricket for The Guardian, produced radio shows for Radio NZ National and sung his songs with the NZSO. He hopes one day to be friends with David Chang.

Food
Jul 24, 2019

Kombucha, kava and Coke, oh my! Behind the scenes of my wild Dry July bender

Committed alcohol enthusiast Samuel Flynn Scott investigates whether it's possible to have fun – and find drinks that hit the spot – when booze is not an option. 

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Food
Jul 9, 2019

There's an amazing wine bar in Milford and the North Shore might be cool now?

Why the hell have a couple of Canadians opened what could be NZ's best natural wine bar in the heart of Auckland's suburban North Shore?

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Food
Jun 13, 2019

Making friends with mezcal

This smoky Mexican spirit is so hot right now, but Samuel Flynn Scott wasn't so sure it was for him. Until one Sunday afternoon...

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Fresh Hops
May 7, 2019

Fresh hops are making the funkiest of beers for just a few winter months

Sam Flynn-Scott gets down with the funk of the fresh hop season.

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Food
Mar 15, 2019

Posh instant coffee is now a thing. But how does it compare to Moccona?

Samuel Flynn Scott is a coffee tragic who loves a lightly roasted single-origin bean as much as the next Wellingtonian. But he also has a thing for instant. Now, his two worlds have combined.

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Music
Jan 29, 2019

The ‘indie bro’ era is over: Sam Flynn Scott reviews Laneway Festival 2019

The Phoenix Foundation’s Samuel Flynn Scott checks out the food, music and wacky shirts of Laneway Festival 2019 in a review for Radio NZ.

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Food
Jan 21, 2019

‘Nothing lives up to my ridiculous standards’: A burger nerd reviews Goldburger

Burger pop-up Goldburger's foray into Auckland had Samuel Flynn Scott excited – and apprehensive.

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Food
Dec 31, 2018

Summer reissue: Meet NZ’s most controversial food blogger

Albert Cho, the 21-year-old student whose sweary Instagram stoush with an Auckland cafe ended in racist abuse and thousands of new followers, opens up to Samuel Flynn Scott over some of Dominion Road's finest.

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Food
Nov 18, 2018

Taking intimate dining to new levels: Pasture, the amazing shrinking restaurant

Why would a business owner choose to reduce customer numbers? The couple behind high-end Auckland restaurant Pasture explain their philosophy.

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Food
Nov 6, 2018

I wanted to hate it, but Taste of Auckland was a blast

Corn dogs, crayfish and multiple gin tastings convert a cynical ex-Wellingtonian to the joys of Tāmaki Makaurau's annual food festival.

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Food
Sep 25, 2018

Bagels, bigots and bad language: Meet NZ’s most controversial food blogger

Albert Cho, the 21-year-old student whose sweary Instagram stoush with an Auckland cafe ended in racist abuse and thousands of new followers, opens up to Samuel Flynn Scott over some of Dominion Road's finest.

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Food
Sep 4, 2018

All hail the chicken king

From a Tokoroa fish and chip shop to a spicy chicken empire, via a few stints in the world's best kitchens and a foray into jet-setting with supermodels, chef Morgan McGlone has a backstory quite like any you've heard before.  

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Food
Aug 30, 2018

Have burgers taken over Wellington On A Plate?

Has our nation’s capital been hijacked by an obsession with buns and patties? Samuel Flynn Scott investigates.

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WOAP 2018
Jun 17, 2018

A delicious foot: the natural wines made in urban Wellington

Samuel Flynn Scott explores the buzzy flavours of the natural wineries of downtown Wellington. 

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WOAP 2018
Jun 13, 2018

Tommy Millions loves pizza, but not as much as Samuel Flynn Scott

It appears the two biggest pizza nerds in the world are both from Wellington. Samuel Flynn Scott talks to the capital's pizza guru, Tommy Millions.

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WOAP 2018
Jun 10, 2018

Moore Wilson’s: the home and heart of Wellington food

This month legendary Wellington food emporium Moore Wilson’s turned 100. Samuel Flynn Scott meets Julie Moore, the most important and influential person in Wellington food.

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WOAP 2018
Jun 6, 2018

A toast to Wellington’s toast (and its pizza, and Malaysian, and cheese, and beer, and coffee)

You never realise how good you have it until it's too late. In the first part of a series on Wellington's flourishing food scene, former resident Samuel Flynn Scott yearns for the capital's $7 menu. 

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Music
Mar 25, 2018

Watching Ed Sheeran at Mt Smart, with an open heart

The Phoenix Foundation's Samuel Flynn Scott braves the megastar at the stadium, immersing himself in a mixture of mediocrity, dazzle and rain

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Sports
Feb 15, 2016

Black Caps fans welcome brief return to familiar hell

Samuel Scott takes his mind off the Black Caps humiliating defeat by torturing himself with thoughts of their uncertain future.

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Sports
Feb 14, 2016

Blood magic now the Black Caps’ only hope

As the hills around the Basin Reserve burn, along with the Black Caps' chances, Samuel Flynn Scott turns to a legend's blood-stained shirt in a search for salvation.

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Sports
Feb 13, 2016

A day in hell

Sam Scott watches Adam Voges score 176* as Australia clinically dismember the Black Caps on a punishingly hot day at the Basin Reserve.

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Sports
Feb 12, 2016

Black Caps deliver touching reminder of the old days with throwback batting collapse

Samuel Flynn Scott watches the Black Caps, and his newfound high hopes, implode in a first innings report from the Basin Reserve.

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