Mark Harman - Head Chef

In this new role Mark is focused on delivering delicious, fresh and healthy food to as many Kiwis as possible. He brings a fine dining experience to homes throughout the country, placing his signature on every meal by adding a gourmet Kiwi touch to classic dishes.

Mark has held executive and sous chef roles throughout New Zealand, Australia and the Caribbean, working alongside such renowned chefs as Fritz Zhwalen of Amanyara, Nicholas Watt of Roka London, Rex Morgan of Boulcott Street Bistro and Peter Thornely of Wakatipu Grill.
Mark’s cuisine has received local and international recognition and he pushes the boundaries of international cuisine in competitive cooking. He has received the New Zealand Beef & Lamb Hallmark of Excellence Award at both Dine by Peter Gordon and La patio café, and has won three Wellington Culinary Fare medals, including two golds for best overall dishes.

Mark has also won 10 medals in the National Culinary Fare, including a gold for ‘hot entrée and main presented cold’.
In 2004 he won the Best Food & Beverage award at the Hotel Coachman, competing against all other A.H.L. hotels worldwide. He also won Café of the Year honours in New South Wales and Best 4 Star Plus Property in the same region.

Some of Mark’s most memorable achievements come from his work at Taupo’s Huka Lodge. There he has presented to the royal family of Holland, participated in the prestigious Famous Five Chefs Dinner, presented at the Moet Chandon Wine and Food Writers Dinner, and not least of all, cooked for the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

View Mark's Bio here