Our Story

The brainchild of artist Dick Frizzell, his business partner Christian Kasper, and TV presenter Erin Simpson, the Cooking 4 Change Foundation was created to make change happen through awareness, community and education.

Our first mission? To get 101 of New Zealand’s best-loved celebrities to share their secret recipes – and the stories behind them – with the rest of the country.

Rock stars, fashionistas, actors and directors, business leaders, athletes, and the country’s most powerful politicians have invited Dick Frizzell and his team into their homes to share their favourite culinary delights, and the personal stories behind them.

Celebrities featured in the book include film royalty Sam Neill, Antonia Prebble, Taika Waititi, Rhys Darby and Stan Walker; athletes Valerie Adams, Hamish Bond and Eric Murray, and Joseph Parker; media personalities Hilary Barry, Pippa Wetzell, Kerre McIvor and Carol Hirschfeld; fashion icons Trelise Cooper and Colin Mathura-Jeffree; politicians Helen Clark, John Key and Andrew Little, plus many, many more.

It’s not just about famous faces and coconut buns that will blow your mind, though.

Cooking 4 Change are on an important mission to work on creative projects to raise funds and build awareness of a growing global problem of people getting access to good food. We want to create A World Without Hunger – that means reducing food poverty around the globe, and is why all profits that Cooking 4 Change ever make will be given back to community organisations that help feed and educate people everywhere in the world.

With a focus on the key areas of education and budgeting, Cooking 4 Change will also work with Kiwi families to get the most out of tight pantry budgets, and educate them on healthy and affordable food choices. Cooking 4 Change believes food is the fuel of life, and we want to work with you to make sure there is enough fuel to go round for everyone.

Dick Frizzell in his studio