According to a nation wide survey conducted by online culinary school, International Culinary Studio, Alison Holst is New Zealand’s most influential chef of all time.

The survey asked participants who they thought had made the biggest impact on the New Zealand food scene, either past or present. The public, hospitality students and industry insiders were all asked for their opinion.

Kiwi cooking icon, Holst received 19 percent of the votes, putting her a good margin ahead of anybody else. Nadia Lim was second (14.3 percent), followed by Simon Gault (13.9 percent), Annabelle White (10 percent) and Peter Gordon (8 percent).

When asked why they had named Alison as the most influential chef, one respondent said, “Alison brought great recipes to everyday Kiwis in an achievable, accessible way. She had a massive impact on the New Zealand cooking scene during my lifetime.”

Cheryl Nesbitt, founder of International Culinary Studio said she was not surprised by the results, that it was testament to Holst’s long and successful career as a New Zealand food writer and chef.

“Alison is one of New Zealand’s original TV chefs and her cookbooks are owned by millions of people. With her focus on simple, cost-effective but healthy recipes that are easy for everyday people to put together at home, it’s no wonder that so many Kiwis say that they have been influenced by her over the years,” commented Nesbitt.

Holst made her first national television cooking programme in 1965, a few months after the introduction of television to New Zealand, and published her first best-selling cookbook the year after. She published more than 75 popular cookbooks, which have sold over 3 million copies, and became well known for her TV appearances, newspaper columns, magazine articles, radio broadcasts and cooking demonstrations.

In 1983 Holst received a Queen’s Service Medal for Services to the Community, in 1987 was made a CBE for Services to Home Science, and in 1997 was given a honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Otago.

International Culinary Studio is the leader in offering online accredited NZQA and City & Guild culinary courses and qualifications. It was the first blended learning culinary school to offer professional qualifications online to students, from their kitchens at home, school or at work.

A proudly New Zealand based culinary school, International Culinary Studio offers accredited and non-accredited culinary programmes to budding chefs from 8 years old and up to seasoned industry professionals with years of commercial kitchen experience behind them.