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Chef Michael McMeeken

Executive Chef Michael McMeeken of Stonefly Lodge and Villa, is a humble chef with a notable career. A kiwi chef born and bred in Southland, Michael honed is culinary skills in some of the world’s most highly regarded restaurants. 

 He has worked under some of America’s leading culinary authorities these include Chef Thomas Keller’s Per Se, Chef Daniel Boulud in Café Boulud, Palm Beach and also in Marcus (formerly known as Petrus) in the famed Berkeley Hotel in London, England – under Marcus Wareing and Gordon Ramsay.

Michael has found his place at Stonefly Lodge and Villa, he heads up a small, talented kitchen team to provide a unique culinary experience. His approach to food consists of multiple layers. “We use the best quality, local, sustainable produce, including utilising our on site gardens, fruit and nut trees, and beehives, as well as sourcing ingredients from the surrounding native and pine forests, and the Motueka river right on our doorstep!

Pair this with each dish telling a story of a memorable experience and inspiration, plus unpretentious cookery and you’re in for a treat.