British Chef Paul Froggatt joins Huka Lodge

Chef_Paul_Froggatt_BNew Zealand’s Huka Lodge has announced the appointment of well-known British chef Paul Froggatt, most recently of Hong Kong’s Landmark Mandarin Oriental Two Michelin-Star Amber Restaurant, as its new Executive Chef, commencing in October 2013.

Paul trained in England and France where his career highlights included working at Gidleigh Park Hotel (Two Michelin-Star), Bernard Loiseau en Bourgogne (Three Michelin-Star) and Chateau de Courcelles (One Michelin-Star). Paul followed this by stints at two of Singapore’s popular leading European restaurants San Marco and Saint Pierre.

Paul, bilingual in French and English, accredits this experience for culminating in his desire to relocate his family, including his Singapore-born wife and two small children, to work at New Zealand’s iconic Huka Lodge.

“As a chef, I’ve always had two ambitions for my career. The first was to cook to the highest level of Michelin Stars and I’ve now done this at three of Europe’s great restaurants.”

“The second has been to work at a leading lodge, where I can create the sort of environment where guests feel welcome and at home, almost as if they were in my own kitchen. For this reason, working with Huka Lodge is a dream come true for me.”

Paul’s arrival at Huka Lodge will coincide with some of the region’s best produce coming into season, and this will greatly influence some of the menus he is planning for guests over the coming months.

Current Executive Chef at Huka Lodge, the popular Michel Louws, known to local audiences through his recent involvement as a guest judge on MasterChef New Zealand, has elected to leave after his existing contract expires to fulfill a long-held dream of travelling with his partner Marianne.

Huka Lodge is a sister property to Dolphin Island, Fiji and Grande Provence Estate, South Africa. All three properties comprise The Huka Retreats and are the vision of their founder, entrepreneur Alex van Heeren.

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