Top New Zealand Chefs

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Discover the top chefs who have helped New Zealand earn the reputation as an exciting fine food destination for discerning foodies.

Peter Gordon

Kiwi celebrity chef Peter Gordon - based in New Zealand and the UK - works with a string of critically acclaimed restaurants around the globe, including The Sugar Club and Bellota in Auckland and the famed The Providores and Tapa Room in London.

Arguably New Zealand’s best known chef, Peter Gordon became known as ‘the father of fusion cuisine’ after pioneering the blend of Eastern and Western cuisine styles in the eighties. Gordon, who is of Māori descent and hails from Wanganui on the North Island’s west coast, has lived in London for the past 20 years but makes regular trips back to New Zealand.

Peter Gorgdon, Auckland

By The Sugar Club

New Zealand chef Peter Gordon in the kitchen at The Sugar Club in the Auckland Sky Tower.

Josh Emett

New Zealand chef Josh Emett is rated amongst the best in the world.  Emett's rise to chef stardom has taken him on a global journey to some of the most famous and highly acclaimed eating establishments where he’s worked with top international chefs and wowed the rich and famous with his culinary talents.

Emett opened his first restaurant in New Zealand in 2012 in Queenstown. Rātā, takes inspiration from the southern landscape and showcases the best in New Zealand wine and cuisine. The fine-dining establishment is rated as one of New Zealand's best and is a must-do for any foodie who visits Queenstown.

Other restaurants run by Josh Emmett are Madam Woo, with locations in Queenstown, Auckland, Hamilton and Dunedin and Ostro in Auckland. 

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Chef Josh Emett, New Zealand

By Chef Josh Emett

Experience fine dining at Madam Woo or Rata in Queenstown, both run by Chef Josh Emmett.

Annabel Langbein

One of New Zealand’s most celebrated chefs with many cookbooks and awards to her name, Langbein promotes a healthy, less complicated way of living, sustained by home-grown, fresh food, easily prepared and lovingly shared - an example of how life ought to be.

Few cooks can perfect the garden to table cycle as effectively as Annabel Langbein – the New Zealand television chef whose fresh, simple approach to food and life has created an international following.

Find about more about Annabel here.



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Annabel Langbein, Lake Wanaka

By Annabel LangbeinMedia

Annabel Langbein in her Wanaka garden.

Al Brown

Alister Brown – chef, TV presenter, writer and restaurant-owner – is one of the best known faces of New Zealand cuisine. 

Since co-founding an iconic Wellington restaurant in 1996, Alister Brown's career has diversified into writing cookbooks, television cooking shows, producing food products and, most recently, the establishment of new eateries and food outlets in Auckland.

Now based in Auckland, Brown can be found in any one of his three trendy city centre establishments - Depot Eatery & Oyster Bar, Best Ugy Bagels and Federal Delicatessen. Depot and Federal are located in the Federal Street entertainment precinct adjacent to the Sky Tower, and Best Ugy is not far away within the new cafe hub at City Works Depot.

Al Brown, Auckland

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New Zealand celebrity chef Al Brown in front of his Auckland eatery Depot.

Simon Gault

Away from the television cameras, Masterchef judge Simon Gault is an entrepreneurial chef whose name is associated with a string of top New Zealand restaurants.

As executive chef at Euro - one of the culinary stars on Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour waterfront strip - Gault saw his establishment included in prestigious US Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s list of top 50 restaurants in the world.

He is executive chef to the Nourish Group which includes day-to-day running of Euro Restaurant and Jervois Steak House (Auckland); Bistro Lago (Taupo); and Shed 5 and Pravda restaurants (Wellington).

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Celebrity Chef - Simon Gault, New Zealand

By Gibbston Valley Winery

Gibbston Valley Wine & Jazz Weekend Gala Dinner with Celebrity Chef Simon Gault

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