The talents of Helen Turnbull and Eddy Kennedy look set to shake up the local dining scene with the opening of their new restaurant 50-50 on Paraparaumu Beach, offering modern New Zealand cuisine with a global twist.

“This means the best local produce blended with culinary tweaks, techniques and flavours from all over the world,” said Turnbull, a Michelin star experienced chef who has worked with big names such as Gordon Ramsay, Michel Troisgros and Josh Emmet.

Dishes on the opening menu include lamb shoulder braised with cauliflower, sheep cheese and dates as well as roast fennel and macadamia soup with pickled pear.

Co-owner and maitre’d Eddy Kennedy’s connection with the area began with regular weekend visits as a child. His journey through the hospitality industry has taken him around the world and back again, after stints in Los Angeles and New York he was part of the team at Wellington dining institution Hummingbird.