Food & Home

Cozy, Comforting Recipes from Chef Josh Emett

Written by: Margaret Willes


Published on: January 25, 2024


An expert in making even the simplest ingredients shine, Michelin-starred chef Josh Emett crafts dishes that are stunning yet approachable, whether it’s steak frites for guests at Gilt, his new Auckland brasserie, or a skillet-baked cauliflower-and-mushroom pilaf for his two young sons at home. Here, he shares three recipes to chase away the winter doldrums, for those moments when you’re seeking something warm, homey, and nostalgic.

  • Chicken Orzo Bake

    Chicken Orzo Bake

    Emett is known for his “one-pan wonders,” as he calls them—and for good reason. Creamy Dijon mustard and aromatic Italian herbs round out this foolproof dish that’s just as ideal for a busy weeknight dinner as it is a relaxed weekend meal with friends.


  • Hasselback Potatoes

    Hasselback Potatoes

    A favorite of Gwyneth’s, these potatoes make an excellent side for a celebratory meal or a classic steak dinner. (Or enjoy them on their own with sour cream and chives.) Emett includes a clever trick for making those precise vertical cuts.


  • Mac ’n’ Cheese

    Mac ’n’ Cheese

    For over 10 years, this recipe has been a standby at the Oyster Inn, Emett’s beachside bistro on scenic Waiheke Island in New Zealand. It’s also delightfully unfussy and gluten-free: Emett uses cornstarch as a thickener instead of a traditional roux.