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Chris Fortune Chris Fortune

Project Manager | Kids Can Cook Kitchen

Nelson, Nelson, NEW ZEALAND

Community Connected Smart








Since winning HELL’S KITCHEN New Zealand in May 2003 I have received excellent promotion and recognition through local and national media and hospitality publications. Having always kept myself busy working and running restaurants for the last 15 years I am now working with Children in Schools nationwide on the Kids Can Cook Kitchen Project. I have also given myself 12 months to make One Million Dollars - Quitting my job was the hard part....the million dollars is the easy part

One of the hardest positions that I have held over the years is that of full time father and husband to my wife Tina and two children, Kacey Lewis Fortune and Holly Nancy Fortune. Just like HELL’S KITCHEN I relish the challenge and finding the experience a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Industry Expertise (3)

Agriculture and Farming

Food and Beverages


Areas of Expertise (2)

Communities Smart Connected

The Social Economics of Eating Money

Accomplishments (2)

Toastmasters 2012 (professional)


"You know you are a Toastmaster if you are speaking to 500 people, cool as a cucumber, not sweating or shaking in your boots, and deliver your message confidently" If you think standing up in front of a group of people and talking about your personal life is scary enough then try it wearing toast on your head, standing in the Blenheim Podium in the town forum.

Chairperson Farmers Markets NZ and Marlborough FM (professional)


Founding members and Chairperson for tens years of one of NZ 's most iconic Farmers' Markets, the Marlborough Farmers' Markets. Founding members and driving force behind FMNZ since 2006

Education (1)

Nelson Polytechnic: Cooking 1990

Affiliations (4)

  • NZ Chefs Association
  • Slow Food Marlborough
  • Marlborough Farmers Markets
  • Farmers Markets New Zealand

Testimonials (2)

Wendy Salisbury, Key Note Speaker | Women of Influence Conference

National Conference of 200 Women of Influence - Women of Influence Conference is a special weekend to recharge, reconnect, and reflect on our lives as women. Designed for YOU, Women of Influence encourages YOU to be the best influence YOU can be, for your family, friends, workmates and acquaintances. It is for YOU! Enjoy inspiring speakers, Christian teaching, and delight in moments of pure girly fun.

Scott Mckenzie, Businesss Development Manager | Marlborough Travel

The team here at Marlborough Travel has had a great association with Chris Fortune over the last 10 years. Over that time Chris has taken on lots of new challenges, always with the same passion and commitment for promoting local and quality products. For Marlborough Travel Chris has provided entertaining and informative cooking demonstrations and private dinners for our tour groups. All of our clients have thoroughly enjoyed Chris’s honest and refreshing approach to cooking and has definitely motivated a few of them to get into the kitchen!! We would have no hesitation in recommending Chris’s services to others.

Event Appearances (2)

Farmers Markets NZ - Pink Flamingo

Toastmaster 2012  Auckland NZ


fresh from the farm gate to dinner plate

Farmers Markets NZ Conference  Christchurch NZ


Sample Talks (1)

The walk of Life

Allow me to introduce myself to you with a little more detail, allow me to introduce myself so that no longer will we just pass each other on the street, eyes meeting but not associating with, the quick glance away as our brains try to connect all of the dots – those dots that say “ hmm I know you , but I cant remember where and when we meet, or what your name was” these are the same dots that make us quickly look away because we are not sure, undecided and uncertain - let me introduce



  • Keynote
  • Panelist
  • Workshop Leader
  • Host/MC
  • Author Appearance


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