Robert Oliver

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Robert Oliver
Top Skills
  • After Dinner Speaker
  • Compere/MC
  • Judge
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Panellist
Top Interests
  • Conservation / Environment
  • Film & Television
  • Food & Wine
  • Health & Lifestyle
  • Producing


Celebrity Chef, Author, Judge, Presenter

A New Zealand chef raised in Fiji and Samoa, Robert has developed restaurants across the US and Australia, launched “farm to table” resorts in the Caribbean, and organizes food programs feeding those in need in New York City. His first book Me’a Kai: The Food and Flavours of the South Pacific connected Pacific agriculture with tourism and won “Best Cookbook in the World 2010” at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Paris. Robert is also Chef Ambassador for Le Cordon Bleu, a world-renowned speaker, television presenter, contributor to The Huffington Post and New Western Cuisine, and judge on “My Kitchen Rules”. Kea New Zealand 2017 Award winner - contribution to the culinary industry, through the promotion of Pacific culture, and his international humanitarian work. • Chef Ambassador of Le Cordon Bleu, New Zealand / the Pacific Islands • Co-hosts Marae Kai Masters, a M?ori cuisine show • Best Cookbook in the World, Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, Paris, 2010 for Me’a Kai: The Food and Flavours of the South Pacific • Best TV Chef Cookbook in the World, Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, Beijing, 2013 for Mea’ai Samoa: Recipes and Stories from the Heart of Polynesia

Testimonials (6)

  • "We have had the pleasure of securing Robert Oliver as part of our Tasting Panel on New Zealand's first series of "My Kitchen Rules". Not only is he an amazing and supportive team player, with everyone both on and offset, he quite simply has enormous talent. Robert's natural warmth and passion for food and cooking shines through and he is a consummate professional. He also has the ability to succinctly phrase his thoughts to produce the perfect TV grab. I can not speak more highly of how excellent his contributions have been for us. We look forward to the privilege of many years association with Robert Oliver" - Darryl McEwen, Imagination Television Ltd
  • "Robert Oliver, has truly identified the "Essence" of Pasifika cuisine. He has allowed our families, celebrate, embrace and illustrate the "Richness" of Pasifika cuisine through the heart and humility of Pasifka people. When one has a willing heat and a genuine belief to allow others to grow then you have met someone who “Dares, Dares to Care, Dares to Dream so others can LIVE” this is Robert Oliver." - Beatrice Faumuina, ONZM C.E.O.
  • “Robert’s book connects the imaginative dishes created with the produce from which they originate, to promote what is readily available, for the benefit of the community." - Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi, Former Vice President of Fiji
  • “Robert Oliver takes the Pacific home grown crops and turns them into simple yet delicious meals that transport you to the South Pacific. His artistic abilities make for a tasty culinary experience that supports local communities efforts in sustainability. What could be better!!!!” - Mariel Hemingway, actor, food writer
  • “Robert Oliver is one of the small breed of thinking chefs. His innovative way with food combines the ingredients and flavours of the tropics to create a cuisine that is at the same time marvellously contemporary and accessible to all and yet true to the deep bedrock of Robert's South Pacific roots.” - Jessica Harris, world renowned cookbook author and food historian
  • “Robert Oliver ..has a firm grasp on the food of his homeland, and he has mixed in Caribbean touches with often stunning results. Some of the food is beautifully simple… all of it is outstanding” on SUVA restaurant, Miami Herald

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