Over the past 12 months, we have been working with two very talented Anchor Culinary Chefs; Todd Thorburn and Danny Simpson. They have come up with 12 absolutely delicious, yet super easy recipes using Coupland’s baked goods, Fonterra dairy products and a couple of extra ingredients!

Chef Todd and Danny come with years of experience and loved working with our delicious baked goods because they paired perfectly with Mainland Cheeses.

Chef Todd Thornburn is a third-generation hospitality professional, growing up in his family’s restaurants. Todd has been a Chef for over 20 years throughout New Zealand and Australia. Now, as a part of the Anchor Chefs NZ culinary team, Todd is helping to inspire and educate our next generation of Chefs and budding home cooks alike. From exploring techniques and flavours, experimentation, then the building and eventual mastering of a dish is truly a priceless experience.


Chef Danny Simpson has been working as a professional Chef in Australia, New Zealand, and all around the United Kingdom for over 16 years. Having worked with some of New Zealand’s biggest names in food, Danny soon made a name for himself in the industry. He joined Fonterra in 2018 as a Business Development Manager and Anchor foods Ambassador. In 2018, Danny opened his own successful restaurant called The Coop. It is a Jamaican influenced fried chicken restaurant, situated in Takapuna. Bringing an out of the box approach to modern day cuisine, offering an unmistakable style and passion, and making everyday a dining experience.
Each week, starting on Monday 23rd September and running until Sunday 15th December (12 week’s), we will be giving away weekly recipes created by the talented Anchor Culinary Chefs with qualifying purchase. The recipes range from savoury options – such as a Moroccan Meatball Sub with a to-die-for tomato sauce, to sweet options such as a deliciously indulgent Banoffee Cheesecake, made with our Anzac Biscuits for the finale.
The first three weeks have gone off with a hiss and a roar!


Week 1 – Bacon Cheese Rolls
A Southland favourite, with a Coupland’s twist. Made with our soft white bread and Mainland Smoked Cheddar Cheese, our customers wanted this recipe so they could try the chef created cheese rolls for themselves PLUS they wanted to start collecting the recipes!

Week 2 – Jaffa Choc Tart
The perfect marriage of two delicious flavours, orange and chocolate! This decadent dessert put a smile on our customers faces.

Week 3 – Moroccan Meatball Sub
Then our customers got their bibs out, as it was meatballs and tomato sauce time! Everyone loves meatballs, but they loved them even better in a toasted Coupland’s Grain and Honey Roll. The perfect Saturday night dinner, so you can have a little bit of extra time relaxing.

Along with the collectibles promotion, we are encouraging our customers to take photos of their finished creation and uploading it to their Facebook, Instagram or Twitter pages using the hashtag #couplandscreation to go in the draw to win an afternoon with the Chef who made the recipes in Auckland. Type the hashtag into Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to see everyone’s creations.
Stay tuned to find out what the following week’s recipes are! There are some exciting things to look forward too!

What recipes have you created so far?