Robert Oliver


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


Auckland, New Zealand


After Dinner Speaker, Compere/MC, Documentary, Field Presenter, Judge, Keynote Speaker, MC / Stage compere, Panellist, Television


Conservation / Environment, Film & Television, Food & Wine, Health & Lifestyle, Producing, Travel

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