Chefs

The difference always starts with - real cooking, contemporary, great taste. This is created by our internationally experienced Chefs, in state of the art kitchens, using locally sourced ingredients, made by our team.  The difference is always on the plate. 

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Auke Norbruis
Senior Chef - Education
(Student Village)

Auke has worked at Student Village for the last seven years and before that, spent four years in the production kitchen at Waikato Hospital in various roles including Catering assistant, Food, Production, and Incoming goods supervisor.

He also has experience as a Cheesemaker, ran his own café/restaurant and worked in a large catering company specialising in airline catering, managing production of around 60,000 meals a day.

 
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Vimlesh Velaidan
Senior Chef - Education
(College Hall)

Vim was born and trained in Fiji, achieving a Trade Chef Cert. in cookery. He then worked in 4/5-star Fiji resorts gaining a wide range of culinary skills and experience. 

In 2008, Vim moved to New Zealand, gained his residency and began working for catering companies. After joining Compass Group, he worked as a Senior Chef at the Waiouru Military Base Officers Mess. Now, having joined the Montana Group with Kahurangi, he’s already achieved an award for ‘Halls Person of the Year’ in 2017.

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Bruce Webb
Head Chef - Kahurangi

Bruce has had almost 10 years’ experience in hospitality, working in various restaurants in both Hamilton and Auckland including Cullen’s,
Le Dome, Crudo, Portobello and
St Margaret’s Café.

He has experienced many different restaurant styles and after gaining experience in catering and the larger scale projects of Kahurangi, he was promoted to Head Chef at the University in Jan 2019.

 
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Mike Pritchard
Catering Manager, Education Kahurangi

With over 22 years experience as a Chef, working in both the UK and NZ, Mike has gained broad experience in the traditional side of cookery. These days you will find him running the Halls of Residence for Kahurangi at the University of Waikato. Mike has been part of the Montana family for over five years.