Claudelands, Hamilton
4th & 5th May 2019


We had a number of fantastic New Zealand chefs cook up a storm and entertain you in the Heathcote Appliances Cooking Theatre at the 2018 Show! We are in process of securing some answer new talent for our next Show ... keep your eyes peeled!



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27 year old Matilda Rice is best known for stealing Art’s heart in the First NZ Bachelor, is a social media influencer and top selling author.

She is a big  fan of keeping healthy and fit and is always looking for ways to promote this balanced lifestyle, with a bit of fun thrown in.  Her first book The Lazy Girl's Guide to Living a Beautiful Life hit stores at the end of 2017 and put her on the top selling author's list.

Matilda will be sharing her tricks and tips on getting the best out of life at the Great NZ Food Show on Saturday 5th May.

She is a prominent NZ social media personality with over 139,000 followers on Instagram, and 37,000 on Facebook. Matilda is currently working closely with  significant brands such as Jockey, Colgate Optic White and Ford. Being a fan of the outdoors and travel, she has worked with many tourism boards across NZ and Australia and is always looking for new adventures.


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Nici Wickes is the food editor for New Zealand Woman's Weekly.  Each week tens of thousands of home cooks are inpsired to cook from her recipes and Nici’s belief is that anyone can make a truly heroic meal. Her approach to cooking is simple - source the best ingredients you can afford, focus on flavour over technique and definitely don’t stress!

Trained as a chef, most of Nici’s knowledge of food and cooking comes from cooking alongside her nana and mother growing up, then later, travelling the world, learning new ways of cooking and eating from the locals of whatever country she’s in. Making the TV cooking show World Kitchen saw Nici travelling the globe;

“My way of travelling is not to spend time going to galleries and museums. Instead, I do food and it’s a delicious way to access a culture, experiencing a place through tasting the flavours, watching who and what’s cooking, and picking up ideas and tips so I can recreate and relive the experience back home. When I return from a trip I have loads of new food ideas and there’s nothing I enjoy more than getting back in my kitchen and using New Zealand’s fantastic produce to make a dish I’ve eaten overseas.”  

Her cookbooks (COOK EAT ENJOY and WORLD KITCHEN) have quickly become favourites in thousands of kitchens in NZ and around the world as have her live cooking shows. She's a lively, entertaining and informative chef who just loves food and traveling the world in search of flavour.

When she’s not cooking Nici loves to visit farmers’ markets, go mountain biking in summer and snowboarding in the winter and she does yoga to keep it all in balance!




Karena and Kasey Bird winners of Masterchef New Zealand in 2014. They are now Award-wining book Publishers and Authors and Television Hosts of their cooking/travel series ‘Karena and Kasey’s Kitchen Diplomacy’ currently playing on TVNZ 1.

The Great NZ Food Show