A New Zealand chef raised in Fiji and Samoa, Robert has developed restaurants across the US and Australia, launched “farm to table” resorts in Miami and the Caribbean, and organizes food programs feeding those in need in New York City.
His first cook book Me’a Kai: The Food and Flavours of the South Pacific connected Pacific agriculture with tourism and won “Best Cookbook in the World 2010” at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Paris. He followed this up with Mea’ai Samoa: Recipes and Stories from the Heart of Polynesia, which won the World Cookbook Award in Beijing for Best TV Chef Cookbook in the World.
Robert is also Chef Ambassador for Le Cordon Bleu, a world-renowned speaker, television presenter, contributor to The Huffington Post and New Western Cuisine. Robert hosted his own television series Real Pasifik centred on his work, and the food culture in the South Pacific. Robert also co-hosts Marae Kai Masters, a Maori cuisine show, and has appeared as a guest judge on My Kitchen Rules, New Zealand.