Fire & Emergency New Zealand’s Campaign – If You’re Cooked, then Don’t Cook

The campaign via Motion Sickness highlights the reality that cooking under the influence is often a recipe for disaster.


Fire & Emergency New Zealand


Motion Sickness

Fire & Emergency New Zealand has launched “You’re Cooked” – an integrated public safety campaign via Motion Sickness that gives New Zealand’s ‘under the influence chefs’ the recipe to make food, without making fire. It’s a funny campaign about a serious issue.

With one in four housefires 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.

“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,” says Steph Rotarangi Deputy Chief Executive, Service Delivery design.


“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).

“In a perfect world, people wouldn’t get drunk or high, but that’s simply not the world we’re living in,” said Hilary Ngan Kee Head of Strategy Motion Sickness


“‘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

“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.” said Jordan Stent Creative Director Motion Sickness.

“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 runs from 27th November to 7th January across social, online video, programmatic display, out-of-home, digital audio, and influencer activity.


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

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

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