OPTIONAL EVENT – SealesWinslow Breakfast
DAY TWO 5th May 7.00am
Your tasty breakfast will be created by celebrity chef, Michael van de Elzen, who will share nutrition tips and great recipes while you eat.
Michael Van de Elzen
Mike started a career in the food industry at a tender age of 14, working in some of Auckland’s landmark restaurants like Kermadecs and Hammerheads. Then like many Kiwis he embarked on the big ‘OE’ to London in 1998.
During this time he worked his way up the ranks in the acclaimed Terence Conan’s, Bluebird restaurant. Mike
encountered many unique challenges and experiences including heading up a 140 chef team for the official opening
of the Tate Modern for some 5,000 guests. Providing private catering to some of London’s top earners and A-celebrities while in charge of sections in a 500 seater restaurant.
Before leaving London Mike would lead the team at the highly thought of restaurant “Bank”, where a monster 1,000 fine dining covers were served a day.
After travels through Europe, Africa and India, Mike’s then to be wife, Belinda and Mike moved to Ireland again heading the kitchen of small luxury hotel called Dunbrody Country House. During their time there they earned the prestige Conde Nast “World Small Hotel of the Year”. They returned to New Zealand in 2003 with the aim hopefully starting a restaurant of their own.
Molten opened its doors in August 2004. Its ever-changing contemporary European style menu combined with the freshest ingredients of New Zealand, and alongside Belinda’s personable service Molten soon became the leader of suburban dining and a place the Mt Eden locals were extremely proud of.
Following the success of Molten, Liquid molten a wine bar (next door) opened its doors. Exciting the market with its fresh small plates of food, fantastic cocktails in a funky New York inspired fit out. They sold Molten and Liquid Molten in 2011 to pursue new adventures and spend more time with their first daughter Hazel. They now have another daughter, Ivy.
Fronting TVNZ’s top rating show The Food Truck is about tackling the fast food industry in an old Bedford truck called Beddy. Recreating Kiwis favorite foods in a healthy, tasty and fast way, challenging how we look at fast-food in our own homes. The Food Truck has screened in over 20 countries around the world, including Australia where the third series is about to screen. The Food Truck Cookbook was launched in July 2012 and has been reprinted several times with a second cook book launched in August 2013.
His next television show was called Family Recipes. Mike put his spin on a favourite family dish and then the family judges whose is best. In its first debut it was the second most watched show between 7.30pm-11pm with 463,790 viewers, beaten by long standing consumer show Fair Go. Its competition on TV3 was The Block on 100,000 less viewers.
Mike is the co-host of TVNZ show on TV One called Kiwi Living with Miriama Kamo. It screens on Friday nights at 7.30pm and is a lifestyle show that covers food, fashion, interior design, travel, garden and health and fitness.
Finalist Gourmand’s Best in the World Cookbook Awards 2013
Inducted into the Hospitality Hall of Fame, 2012
Finalist, restaurateur of the year, 2011
Molten cookbook, new cookbook of the year, 2011
Created and ran “Five Chefs for Canterbury” a charity luncheon which raised $100,000 for the Christchurch City Mission, 2010
Outstanding Chef, Lewisham Awards, 2008 (This award is voted by the Auckland Restaurant Industry)
NZ bar awards, Best bar food Liquid Molten 2008 and runner up best bar New Zealand
Cuisines winner best local restaurant NZ 2007 to2011
Metro Magazine Top 50 Restaurant 2006 to 2011
Cuisines top 50 NZ Restaurants 2006 to 2011
Most Innovative Chef, Lewisham Awards 2006
Food and Wine (USA) World’s best new Restaurants, 2006
Best New Restaurant of the Year, Metro Magazine, 2005
Vintners Restaurant of the year 2005