You’re Cooked: Fire & Emergency New Zealand unveils new safety campaign via Motion Sickness

You’re Cooked: Fire & Emergency New Zealand unveils new safety campaign via Motion Sickness

Fire & Emergency New Zealand has launched ‘You’re Cooked’; an integrated public safety campaign, developed by Motion Sickness, that gives New Zealand’s ‘under the influence chefs’ the recipe to make food, without making fire.


With one in four house fires starting in the kitchen, and 50% of all fatal house fires involving alcohol or drugs, the reality is that cooking under the influence is often a recipe for disaster in Aotearoa.

Says Steph Rotarangi, deputy chief executive, Service Delivery design: “It’s easy to get distracted if you’re drunk or high, and that’s why cooking on the stove so often leads to disaster.

“This is not the first time we have tackled this issue through our social marketing, but our old ‘Don’t drink and fry’ platform needed an original modern take to fit today’s audience.”

Developed in collaboration with chef Jamie Johnston of Everybody Eats, the recipes come from the world of our under the influence chefs. Toast Sandwich, Jacked Fairybread, Not-Fried Rice and Kiwi Onion Carbonara are but some of the many fire-free offerings that illustrate the plethora of ways to safely satisfy the late night cravings (without burning the house down).

You’re Cooked: Fire & Emergency New Zealand unveils new safety campaign via Motion Sickness You’re Cooked: Fire & Emergency New Zealand unveils new safety campaign via Motion Sickness

Says Hilary Ngan Kee, head of strategy, Motion Sickness: “In a perfect world, people wouldn’t get drunk or high, but that’s simply not the world we’re living in. ‘You’re Cooked’ was wholly designed to function in the real world. That’s a world where people do things they’re not meant to do, they live in the here and now, and when they’re hungry, they’re going to want to eat. This is a campaign made to grab attention and engage, but to also show people that the safer option is a good option, in every sense.”

In a rollout across digital, social, and outdoor platforms, ‘You’re Cooked’ centres around a one-of-a-kind cookbook; a buffet of crafted and considered recipes that don’t require the use of an oven or stovetop.

You’re Cooked: Fire & Emergency New Zealand unveils new safety campaign via Motion Sickness

Says Jordan Stent, creative director, Motion Sickness: “From the inception of the ‘You’re Cooked’ platform, we knew a little bit of smoke and mirrors wasn’t going to cut the mustard when speaking to our under-the-influence audience – the campaign had to live and breathe in their world. It’s a concoction of lived experiences and crowd-sourced confessions, inspired by all of the resourceful methods and inclinations that exist in the inebriated reality of our audience. As a result, the creative has landed in a rather unique territory. A blurry mix of fact and fiction, in which the traditional PSA campaign has been almost co-opted by the same individuals we were inspired by.”

The second stage of the campaign then took the suite of curated recipes into the field to be tested by real, cooked people on the set of a custom You’re Cooked Test Kitchen.

Unveiled in Britomart Square, during a churning Friday night, the amateur chefs donned both toque and apron before becoming the hosts of their own booze soaked cooking show. Forgoing the allure of the golden arches or tinfoil clad kebab, the chef’s fire-free victory lap of the kitchen and journey from cooked to contented is captured in a series of lively videos, each showcasing the method behind one of the book’s many recipes.

You’re Cooked is live from 27th November to 7th January across social, online video, programmatic display, out of home, digital audio and influencer activity.

View the You’re Cooked Recipe #9 – Toast Sandwich 45″ video
View the You’re Cooked Recipe #27 – Jacked Fairy Bread 45″ video
View the Stay Of The Stove 15” video

Play the You’re Cooked 30” Toast – Radio spot
Play the You’re Cooked 30” Jacked Fairybread – Radio spot

Insta: @yourecookednz
Tik Tok : @yourecookednz
Digital E-Book Link : ‘You’re Cooked’ Cookbook

Client – Fire & Emergency New Zealand
Marketing Manager – Kelley Toy
Senior Advisor Marketing – Ashleigh Romanos
Senior Advisor, Digital Marketing – Samantha Stewart
Senior Policy and Capability Specialist – Luke Burgess

Agency – Motion Sickness
Executive Creative Director – Sam Stuchbury
Creative Director – Jordan Stent
Head Of Strategy – Hilary Ngan Kee
Senior Account Manager – Priya Marshall
Senior Creative – Will Macdonald
Senior Designer – Hamish Steptoe
Creative – Freddy Riddiford

Production Company – Motion Sickness
Director – Sam Stuchbury
Producer – Joseph McAlpine
DOP – Jake Munro
Editor – Jolin Lee
Colourist – Matic Prusnik
Sound Design – BigPop Studios
Photographer – Ben Clement
Secondary Photographers – Matt Hurley, Jordan Stent
Retouching & Post Production – Ring Studio
Art Director – Anna Maxwell
Art Director – Melina Fiolitakis
Food Stylist – Fiona Hughes

Media Company – MBM
Business Director – Kaitlin Mitchell
Media Assistant – Melis Shosanya
Head of Strategy – Amy Greene
Social Media Director – Brianna Regester

Activation Studio – Unlabelled
Book Packaging – Think Packaging
Chef – Jamie Johnston of Everybody Eats