Top Italian chef Massimo Bottura pays credit to Kiwi farmers, fishermen and winemakers

Massimo Bottura.
Massimo Bottura. Photo credit: Massimo Bottura / Instagram

New Zealand's top agricultural products got a celebrity endorsement this week from none other than Massimo Bottura.

The top Italian chef shared a New Zealand edition of his "Kitchen Quarantine" cooking classes on Instagram, using several high-quality Kiwi ingredients.

The Michelin-starred chef - who has more than 1.3 million followers - has been sharing cooking tips with fans around the world while stuck in quarantine.

Past episodes have given tips for preparing Thai curry, tortellini, and an "everything Mac and Cheese" dinner.

This week, Bottura tapped into some New Zealand products for his "NZ Prep" edition - including kiwifruit, pork, Ōra King salmon, Te Mana lamb, and manuka honey - to conjure up many mouth-watering dishes.

"Thank you New Zealand for making these kinds of products - I love it," Bottura exclaimed in the video.

And his culinary effort didn't escape the eyes of New Zealand's Prime Minister either, with Jacinda Ardern taking the time to comment on the video. 

"Thank you so much for showcasing New Zealand from afar!" wrote Ardern. 

"We're keen to keep showing how important hospitality, care and kindness are to us - even from a distance! See you some day soon we hope."

Bottura said it was a "pleasure to work with such high-quality ingredients", writing: "You should be proud of your artisanal producers - farmers, fishermen and winemakers."

The famous chef washed down the meal with a New Zealand pinot noir, which he described as being "so easy to drink but so deep in flavour".

He promised to visit New Zealand with his family as soon as possible.