30 April - May 2022

Belinda MacDonald

Chef & MKR Winner

Belinda MacDonald a kiwi food personality who lives and breathes her passion for vibrant, fun, and flavourful food! Growing up on a lifestyle farm in Cambridge NZ, from a young age, Belinda was inspired by her mother and father’s self-sufficiency, the garden; plantings, foraging, milking the house cow, spending hours in the kitchen cooking which stirred her passion from a young age! 

Belinda graced our screens on TV on the first My Kitchen Rules (MKR) NZ series #1 in 2014 and co-WON the title for her own unique, boldly flavoured style of cooking combinations, where she showcased how food can be rich and indulging but also fiercely healthy medicine at the same time!

From there she became co-author of her first sell out cookbook My Green Kitchen alongside a recent eBook ‘Backstreats Bali’ from her travels to the tropical Island and she is so proud of her next global KETO book being launched soon which is super EXCITING! Belinda has always been a passionate foodie, after high school completed an international advanced diploma in Hotel Management and then decided to travel and work around the world as she believed you must taste a culture to really understand it.

Get to know Belinda:

Favourite restaurant/or café in the Waikato to go out to:

Alpino, Cambridge

Most underrated vegetable, cut of meat or seafood?


The kitchen utensil you can't live without?


If you didn’t become a chef what would you have been?

Actor on Shorty Street

What is your one ingredient that is your staple?

Fresh herbs

Saturday night in with a movie, what is your comfort meal?

Pork chop w crackle!

Where to see Belinda...

Heathcotes Kitchen Theatre

Saturday 12.45pm

A one-pan wander Autumnal Fig + Feta Traybake.

Heathcotes Kitchen Theatre

Sunday 11.45am

Exotic Middle Eastern chili-chocolate slab full of nuts, apricots, coffee & smoked seasalt. 


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