Talent

Michael Van de Elzen

Mike is an internationally renowned chef who New Zealanders have invited into their living rooms in the hundreds of thousands through his presence on TVNZ. He will present TV One’s new show Kiwi Living with Miriama Kamo, which begins in July.

Mike has worked in acclaimed restaurants in New Zealand and around the world since he was 14 years old. During his career he has led a team of 150 chefs for the opening of the Tate Modern Art Gallery in London for 5000 guests while working for Terrance Conrans “Bluebird”, was the senior sous chef at the prestigious Bank restaurant in Covent Garden, turning over a thousand fine dining covers day, and earned the coveted Conde Nast title “World Small Hotel of the Year” for his work at the luxurious Dunbrody Country House, in Ireland.

Mike and wife Belinda opened celebrated Auckland restaurant, Molten, in 2004 followed by Liquid Molten, a New York inspired wine bar next door. The pair sold the award-winning businesses in 2011.

Mike became a public figure through his role in three series of TVNZ’s The Foodtruck. The popular show tackled the food industry head on with its no nonsense healthy approach out of an old Bedford truck, affectionately called “Beddy”. He also hosted Family Recipes, taking on different family’s favourite recipes.

Mike has written for New Zealand Woman’s Weekly, MiNDFOOD and House and Garden and has a regular spot on Newstalk ZB’s Sunday morning show with Andrew Dickens at 9.20am.

His latest restaurant is called Boy and Bird which is situated in Ponsonby, Auckland, and focuses on healthy food choices including free range chickens. Having two young daughters has made Michael and his wife, Belinda, very conscious about what Kiwi kids are eating. He has a real passion to ensure New Zealand children are eating healthier food. His latest book Fast is all about cooking healthy family meals and includes a section on children’s food.


Available for:

  • Guest speaker
  • Catering private or corporate functions
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Guest appearances
  • Endorsements where appropriate
  • Voice overs
  • Television presenter


Tony Rogers – Marketing Manager, Tourism Australia
Mike was fun and easy-going to work with and clearly demonstrated his passions. We’d like to have the opportunity to work together again.Tony Rogers – Marketing Manager, Tourism Australia




Pete Watkins - Collingwood Food Fair Organiser
We always felt that Mike was the right fit for our event, but never dreamed that the whole process would be so easy. From our first contact with his agent, Niki Schuck PR, through to Mike’s cooking on the day, everything was simple, straightforward and nothing was a bother. It was just great to have Mike come and cook for us
Pete Watkins - Collingwood Food Fair Organiser




Mandy McPhail – Events and Sponsor manager, Ballance Agri-Nutrients
At Mystery Creek Field Days 2013 Ballance Agri-Nutrients showcased the connection between great soil and premium produce, with quality producers of beef, lamb, vegetables, wine and apples.

Mike Van de Elzen was a real asset in helping us bring this story to life, firstly by creating recipes specifically utilising our farmers quality produce and then demonstrating how they can be prepared in interactive cooking demonstrations at our site. Entertaining comes easily to Mike and our customers really enjoyed chatting with him in between demonstrations. Mike is personable and unassuming and able to work comfortably and professionally within the challenging environment of a marquee and long hours of Field Days.
An important aspect for Ballance is that Mike understood, and was able to communicate the importance, of the right nutrient application on farm in creating the nutritious and delicious food he was preparing. Mike certainly added value to our event.
Mandy McPhail – Events and Sponsor manager, Ballance Agri-Nutrients





Jo Allen - Marketing Manager, Sylvia Park Shopping Centre
Michael Van de Elzen emceed Sylvia Park’s first ever ‘Tapas on the Lane’ event in March 2014. What a brilliant host, he had instant rapport with all guests and visited each and everyone of them; 200 in total. I have never seen so many selfies from guests with Michael as the focus of their photos and he just kept smiling and working the groups. The evening flowed without fault and in his own words, ‘It felt like I was at a wedding, not an event” and that was just what we wanted. I would most definitely recommend Michael as the perfect host for other functions in the future.
Jo Allen - Marketing Manager, Sylvia Park Shopping Centre