Born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand. Whilst at University studying Economics decided to become a chef. In 1990 was put through an apprenticeship program in the James Cook Hotel in Wellington. A traditional training program of working in all areas such as patisserie, chocolatier, banqueting, traditional hot kitchen areas. In 1995 won the inaugural Huka Lodge Scholarship which was set up to provide a New Zealander international exposure. The resulting year was spend in kitchens such as Le Gavroche, London, England and training at the Ritz Hotel, Paris France. Experience in New Zealand and France over the last 15 years from Michelin starred restaurants in Paris to wood fired oven cookery at home has given me a diverse background which I use today at my restaurant Osteria del Toro.
Have been influenced by French gastronomy, Japanese traditional cuisine and in a broader sense by travel.
Awards, Honors and Societies
Student Toque d’Or 1994 Huka Lodge Hospitality Scholarship 1995 NZ Chef of the year 2001/2 & 2003/3 Various other culinary medals achieved at culinary competitions.
Cuisine consultant Professional kitchen designer Culinary tutoring and demonstrations Event management