Ice Cream

Elevator Pitch: WaHiki Creamery

Elevator Pitch, brought to you by Flick

Elevator Pitch: WaHiki Creamery

As part of our Elevator Pitch series in partnership with Flick, we gave Haman Shahpari and Sergio Figueroa a little longer than an elevator ride to pitch WaHiki Creamery, a healthy alternative to dairy ice cream that’s the first New Zealand ice cream to be coeliac certified.

Most Creative People

Auckland-based ice cream chef Giapo Grazioli won the People's Choice award for the hospitality category in Idealog's Most Creative People, and for good reason. He has spent the last few years pushing the concept of what could be understood as an ice cream as far as possible, incorporating 3D printing into his creations (chocolate colossal squid, anyone?), taking away the ability for customers to see the flavours before they order, commissioning research on whether spores can be created in chocolate and collaborating with AUT to explore the relationship between music and ice cream. In a Q&A, Giapo discusses creativity, finding inspiration and resilience.

Technology Month, brought to you by Springload

The words Giapo, ice cream and innovation often go hand-in-hand in sentences, as the chef’s passion for furthering his craft is common knowledge. But behind the larger-than-life Italian persona is a man with his eyes fixed firmly on the future technology. We had a chat with the undercover futurist about when AI will come for everyone’s jobs, how humans will soon be able to live forever and why it’s not nuclear bombs we should be worried about.

Wish we'd thought of that

New Zealand is known as a nation of innovation. And that innovation trickles down to the very stuff we eat and drink. Do you have a comestible-related creation that you think deserves to be recognised at the 2017 New Zealand Innovation Awards? Then enter it in the Innovation in Food and Beverage category, sponsored by Plant & Food Research.

Year in Review 2016, brought to you by Kiwibank

​In the latest edition of our series asking some of Aotearoa's best-known businesspeople and visionaries to take a step back and offer their insights on how the past year has gone and how the future might unfold, we chat with innovative ice cream-maker Gianpaolo "Giapo" Grazioli.