Thursday, 21 January 2021


Endeavour dinner to be part of Tuia commemorations

Food, nutrition and hospitality teacher at Mercury Bay Area School, Joanna Mannington, is organising a themed dinner at the conference room of the Flaxmill Bay Campground during September this year. The dinner is to form part of the Tuia - Encounters 250 commemorations in Mercury Bay.

Children’s author, Gavin Bishop, who has recently written and illustrated the picture book “Captain Cook’s Cook,” will be in attendance. The book follows the 1768 journey of the explorer James Cook’s ship, HM Bark Endeavour, with the ship’s cook, the one-handed John Thompson, as storyteller. It even includes recipes that were used on the ship.

Joanna worked as the cook on board the replica Endeavour (based at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney) for several years, during which time she circumnavigated the world twice, and is keen to share her experiences as part of the Tuia commemorations. Gavin’s book is also tying in well with the Tuia themes of a shared heritage and future, navigation and exploration.

The dinner will furthermore give the MBAS hospitality students an opportunity to experience event management.

Only 96 tickets will be on sale as there were 96 people on board the Endeavour during the 1768 journey, with three different price levels to choose from. You can opt to sit at the gentleman’s table, the officers table or the able-bodied seaman tables, which replicate the hierarchy of the British Navy.

Guests will be given a name of one of the passengers/crew on board the Endeavour during the journey and are welcome to dress to the theme if they wish.

The menu will consist of three courses, presenting a contemporary interpretation of indigenous and introduced foods, and will be served on the flatware of the time. Beer, rum, punch and canapes will also be on offer.

The dinner will feature talks by the MBAS hospitality students regarding the menu choices, local Captain Cook Society members and Gavin Bishop. Signed, limited copies of Captain Cook’s Cook will be auctioned off during the dinner.

Tickets can be purchased from the MBAS hospitality students during School Term 2. All the proceeds of the dinner will go to the MBAS food, nutrition and hospitality department.

Copies of Captain Cook’s Cook are available at 

Pictured: Children's author, Gavin Bishop with his recently written and illustrated book "Captain Cook's Cook".


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