Kiwi’s Best Kitchen: tempt, taste and toast

Kiwi’s Best Kitchen is an absolute must-see during your Fieldays visit. The key features of this extremely popular marquee are its exclusive New Zealand food and beverage exhibition area and the Kitchen Theatre, on-stage base for our celebrity chefs. 

Between the Rural Living and Agribusiness Areas, on the corner of N Road and D Street, is where you’ll find this delicious destination. Exhibitors will be displaying all manner of appetising edibles to tempt your taste buds, predominantly derived from New Zealand primary production, including artisan cheeses, meats, preserves and produce, select wines, spirits and liquors, and scrumptious snacks and treats. Gourmet kitchen accessories and appliances will also be showcased in this one-stop-gourmet shop.

Make sure you plan time to stop and watch our celebrity chefs in the Kitchen Theatre. With plenty of seating, you’re sure to be inspired by our chefs as they share their expertise, demonstrate their skills and create distinct and exciting dishes. Stop by afterwards in the Meet ‘n’ Greet area to say hi, buy a book or get a selfie.

Celebrity chefs & recipes


Belinda MacDonald and Neena Truscott – My Kitchen Rules 2015 competition winners
Wednesday 15 June

Celebrating local flavour is on Wednesday’s menu, with Cambridge foodies Belinda MacDonald and Neena Truscott in the Kitchen Theatre. After their exciting My Kitchen Rules 2015 competition win, Neena and Belinda have continued their innovative foraging style, focusing on keeping their recipes free from gluten and refined sugar and geared towards using seasonal foods which are nourishing, medicinal and delicious.

Download Belinda and Neena's Recipes >>

Brett McGregor - New Zealand’s first-ever MasterChef winner
Thursday 16 June

New Zealand’s first-ever MasterChef winner, Brett McGregor, joins us for a second year in the Kitchen Theatre. His first challenge on Thursday will be judging the culinary efforts of the Fieldays Rural Bachelor finalists, and then Brett will demonstrate his own unique, travel-inspired cooking expertise. Brett’s love of cuisines from other cultures ensures his recipes are fresh, tasty and exciting, with an eye on affordability and seasonal ingredients.

Download Brett McGregor's recipes >>

Michael Van de Elzen – New Zealand Hospitality Hall of Fame inductee and television personality
Friday 17 June

Friday features renowned New Zealand Hospitality Hall of Fame inductee and television personality Michael Van de Elzen in the Kitchen Theatre. Popular for his inventive twists on favourite food truck fare, and respected as an award-winning restaurateur and successful cook book author, Mike’s culinary creations range from haute cuisine to healthy, family-friendly meals.

Download Michael Van de Elzen's recipes >>

Chelsea Winter – 2012 Masterchef Winner

Saturday 18 June

Bringing a little of her homemade happiness to Saturday in the Kitchen Theatre is deliciously down-to-earth Chelsea Winter. The 2012 MasterChef winner, who relishes encouraging others to create sensational meals from easily-accessible, everyday ingredients, will be demonstrating her ‘simple made special’ philosophy and producing food to inspire.

Download Chelsea Winter's recipes >>

Allyson Gofton – brought to you by Hyundai

2.15pm Saturday 18 June

In association with our Fieldays Society vehicle partner, Hyundai, and in celebration of the 50th anniversary of TVNZ's Country Calendar programme, Allyson Gofton is making a special appearance on stage on Saturday at 2.15pm. Her demonstration features a recipe from the commemorative book about the programme's people and their backing, Country Calendar Homestead Baking with Allyson Gofton.


2016 Kitchen Theatre Timetable

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