Made to Match - Al Brown

Al Brown

Al Brown is a celebrity chef, restaurateur, television presenter and food writer.

Al Brown can be counted on to find and share great New Zealand cuisine – delivering the real stuff.  Showing passion and respect for local produce, Al’s dishes deliver uncomplicated excellence.  Al’s attitude to food is simple: in season, beautifully cooked, to be enjoyed with friends.

His restaurant, Depot, opened in Auckland, New Zealand in 2011 and has been an unprecedented success, winning the 2012 Metro/Audi Supreme Restaurant of the Year ( He is also the mind behind Auckland’s newest bagel factory. Best Ugly Bagels make Montreal-style wood fired bagels in a funky old converted warehouse (

Al Brown is the author of Go Fish: Recipes and Stories from the New Zealand Coast and Stoked: Cooking with Fire.  Go Fish won both People’s Choice and Best Illustrated Book at the 2010 New Zealand Post Book Awards, and Best Single Subject at the International Association of Culinary Professionals Awards in the USA. His latest book, Get Fresh, was released in November 2012.

He has also presented three television series: Get Fresh with Al Brown, Coasters and Hunger for the Wild.

Al spends his time outside of the restaurant writing, presenting, cooking for events and demonstrations, and pursuing his passion for fishing.