Iain Hewitson

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Iain Hewitson
Born (1948-10-04) 4 October 1948 (age 69)
Otaki, New Zealand
Culinary career
Website https://web.archive.org/web/20080405051411/http://www.hueyscookingclub.com.au/

Iain "Huey" Hewitson (born 4 October 1948 in Otaki), is a New Zealand-born chef, restaurateur, author, and television personality who moved to Australia in 1972. [1] He is best known for his television involvement with Network Ten. He was also the face of supermarket chain BI-LO.

Otaki, New Zealand Place

Otaki is a town in the Kapiti Coast District of the North Island of New Zealand, situated half way between the capital city Wellington, 70 kilometres to the southwest, and Palmerston North, 70 kilometres to the northeast. In the 2013 census the town's population was 5,778, a slight increase since the 2006 census.

Chef person that directs preparation of meals

A chef is a trained professional cook who is proficient in all aspects of food preparation, often focusing on a particular cuisine. The word "chef" is derived from the term chef de cuisine, the director or head of a kitchen. Chefs can receive formal training from an institution, as well as by apprenticing with an experienced chef.

Network Ten Australian television network

Network 10 is an Australian commercial television network. One of five national free-to-air networks, 10's owned-and-operated stations can be found in the state capital cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, while affiliates extend the network to regional areas of the country. The network is owned by Ten Network Holdings, a subsidiary of CBS Studios International.

TV career

Between 1992 and 1998, Hewitson appeared on the Ten lifestyle show Healthy, Wealthy and Wise , in which he presented the cooking segments. [2] Until December 2005, Hewitson was a regular chef on the networks morning talk program GMA with Bert Newton. Ensuing programs with his participation include Huey's TV Dinner and Never Trust a Skinny Cook. He has been the main host of Huey's Cooking Adventures (1997 - 2010) and Huey's Kitchen (2010 - 2014).

Healthy, Wealthy and Wise was a pioneering lifestyle television program shown in Australia. It was shown on Network Ten and was seen from 1992 until 1998. The programme also helped re-invent the then-ailing network after its financial collapse of the late 1980s. It helped popularise the lifestyle genre in Australia, and it also spawned a number of imitators during the 1990s, including the Seven Network's Better Homes and Gardens, which is still seen today.

Huey's Cooking Adventures is an Australian television series featuring chef Iain Hewitson. It screened at daytime on Monday to Friday throughout its run on Network Ten, including most recently at 4:00pm. It also airs on the subscription television channel Lifestyle Food, through Foxtel, Austar and Optus Television. The show began airing in 1997 on the Seven Network, before defecting to Ten soon after where the show has found popularity with daytime audiences. The program was replaced with a new, albeit similar, series Huey's Kitchen from March 2010.



In the 1960s, Hewitson was a folk singer as well as a member of bands "Cellophane" and "Sebastian's Floral Array". Both of them were winners in the New Zealand version of the Battle of the Bands competitions. [10] [11]

Battle of the Bands is a contest in which two or more bands compete for the title of "best band". The winner is determined by a voice vote of the audience or the band who brings the most people to support them. Traditionally, battles of bands are held at live music events and forums. Popular examples include the yearly Live and Unsigned contest in the United Kingdom and the annual SoundWave Music Competition. Nippon term "対バン " seems from battles of bands, however in most cases now it doesn't mean battles and just means 2-or-more-band live events.

In 1968, he became a member of a band called 691. At the end of the year the band had become Cellophane. The line-up included Hewitson on vocals, Dave Wellington on lead guitar, Michael Hill on bass, Pam Potter on keyboards, and John Van der Ryden on drums. They were managed by Colin Misseldine. In 1969 they recorded and self-produced four tracks at HMV studios for Pye. The songs included a cover of the Arthur Brown psychedelic rock hit, "Fire"; "Mind Patterns", which was written by Hewitson; and "I Can’t Quit Her". The band broke up in 1970. [12] "Fire", backed with "Mind Patterns", was released on Pye 7N-14009. [13] Both "Hey Joe" by Sebastian's Floral Array, and "Fire" by Cellophane, appear on the various artists compilation, A Day In My Mind's Mind Volume 4. [14] [15]

Pye Records was a British record label. Its best known artists were Lonnie Donegan (1956–69), Petula Clark (1957–71), The Searchers (1963–67), The Kinks (1964–71), Sandie Shaw (1964–71), Status Quo (1968–71) and Brotherhood of Man (1975–79). The label changed its name to PRT Records in 1980, before being briefly reactivated as Pye Records in 2006.

Arthur Brown (musician) British musician

Arthur Wilton Brown is an English rock singer and songwriter best known for his flamboyant theatrical performances, eclectic work and his powerful, wide-ranging operatic voice. He has been a significant influence on a wide range of musicians due to his vocal style, wild stage persona, and concepts; he is considered to be a pioneer of shock rock and progressive rock and has had an influence on heavy metal music.

Fire (Arthur Brown song) song by The Crazy World of Arthur Brown

"Fire" is a 1968 song written by Arthur Brown, Vincent Crane, Mike Finesilver and Peter Ker. Performed by The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, it was released as a single and on the band's debut album, also called The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. The single reached No. 1 in the United Kingdom in August 1968 and in Canada. In October, it reached No. 2 in the United States Billboard charts and No. 19 in Australia. It also reached No. 3 in Germany, No. 4 in France, No. 6 in the Netherlands, No. 7 in Austria and No. 8 in Ireland. "Fire" sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.

According to Hewitson, one of his favorite things is the Rickenbacker guitar along with the Vox amplifier his wife bought for him as a surprise Christmas present. [16]

In 2009, at the end of one of his shows, he got his guitar out and, along with his seven-year-old daughter Charlotte, sang "Octopus's Garden", a Beatles song. [17]



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