Last year my friend Josie was doing publicity for The Illusionists magic show. The show had a live band, and she ended up hanging out with them and showing them round Auckland. A couple of them loved food, and so she invited me along last year for a day trip to Waiheke, with these 5 musicians, who when they weren't playing on a magic show, played backup for rapper Nas at festivals like Coachella and Glastonbury.
We ate at the Oyster Inn, and on the ferry back I got chatting to Tom Terrell, a trumpet player, who told me for his final music recital for his music degree at UCLA, he got a community grant and cooked an 8 course meal, pairing a musical piece to each one. I'd recently quit my job to throw dinner parties so naturally we hit it off, and it was one of those conversations that stuck. We had to get in the kitchen together, so I said I'd come to LA.