Chef Michael Van de Elzen for Grove Avocado Oil. 22 April 2017 Photograph by Babiche Martens. www.babichemartens.com

Michael Van de Elzen, known for the popular television series Kiwi LivingFamily Recipes and The Food Truck, has always been a strong advocate for Grove Avocado Oil. Now he is making the partnership official.

“I’ve been a huge fan of avocado oil for years,” he admitted. “I love its health properties and the fact the flavour works so well with a wide variety of dishes.” Van de Elzen has been using Grove Avocado Oil since he first opened Molten, his renowned Mt Eden restaurant, in 2004. He will soon begin creating new culinary recipes to help showcase Grove’s exceptional extra virgin avocado oil, as well as the company’s lime, garlic, chilli and lemon pepper infused oils. He will also host tasting events and promote Grove Avocado Oil.

Avocados and avocado oil have surged in global popularity in recent years thanks to greater awareness about the health benefits they deliver. They’re full of micro-nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants and are an excellent source of ‘healthy’ monounsaturated fat.

Grove general manager Derek Masters believes that Van de Elzen’s reputation as someone who is passionate about creating healthy options is a good fit with the company. “He has several recipes he’s always sworn by and one of the secret ingredients in them is Grove Avocado Oil,” Masters said.

Van de Elzen agrees. “Grove Avocado Oil is the best on the market because of its colour, taste and quality. It’s my ‘go to’ oil plus they’re bloody good people too so it’s a pleasure to be working with the team at Grove.”