Author(s): Michael Van De Elzen
Since it opened eight years ago, Molten - in the heart of Mount Eden Village, Auckland - has built up a loyal following. Successive wins in both the Metro and Cuisine restaurant awards as 'best local restaurant' show that it consistently delivers against all the benchmarks of a great local bistro: the menu is ever-changing and innovative, the atmosphere is intimate, lively and convivial, the wine and produce are top-rate. Now, in his first cookbook, Michael Van de Elzen shares the secrets of his favourite recipes - just the ticket when you are hankering after an evening at Molten but have to stay at home!
Molten has received many accolades including: New Restaurant of the Year, Metro, 2005; Most Innovative Chef, Lewisham Awards, 2006; Most Outstanding Chef, Lewisham Awards, 2008; Vintner's Restaurant of the year; Finalist in Cuisine Restaurant of the Year and in Food and Wine (USA) World's best new Restaurants; Top 50 Restaurants, Metro, 2010.
Michael Van de Elzen is the owner/chef of the fabulously successful Molten restaurant in Mount Eden, which he opened upon his return to New Zealand after many years working as a chef in London. He and his wife Belinda have also opened a bar next door, Liquid Molten. A highly experienced chef and restaurant-awards judge, Michael is the star of the TV series The Food Truck, to be screened later in 2011.