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Jet Park Hotel Auckland Celebrates 19 Years of Service.

Written by Kym Klein on July 7th, 2017.      0 comments

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Happy 19th Birthday Jet Park Hotel!

Jet Park Hotel’s 19th birthday was celebrated on 3rd July with a special lunch and staff long-service awards ceremony held to acknowledge and thank those staff who have served the hotel for many years. In the hospitality industry, it’s a huge milestone for staff members to have reached 5+ years, 10+ years, and 15+ years’ service.  Did you know? Over 41% of our staff have been with us for more than 2 years, and 25% over 5 years - these are great statistics in an industry that generally has high staff turnover.
 

Our past, present and future...

Jet Park Hotel, formerly known as “Jet Inn” was opened in June 1998. The hotel has grown in several stages; beginning with a 90 room property, then in July 2004 the addition of 40 deluxe rooms and then in August 2008 a further 40 deluxe rooms and 3 apartments were added. In 2015, the hotel embarked on exciting expansion to a new property in Rotorua and completed a further extension with the construction of a 250-person conference centre, plus 60 new guest rooms in Auckland which opened in July 2016.

We aim to operate an ethical business in the Hotel sector offering products and services that provide value for money, quality, exceptional service and consistency. We hope that you will continue to visit us in the years to come, and that this hotel, if not already, will become the place you return to time and time again during your journeys.  We would also like to thank our valued guests for your love and support, and wonderful feedback over the years!  view guest feedback

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New Executive Chef at Jet Park Hotel, Auckland Airport

Written by Kym Klein on May 4th, 2017.      0 comments

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New Zealand Chef of the Year 2011 & 2012.

Jet Park Hotel Auckland is pleased to announce the appointment of David (DG) Schofield in the role of Executive Chef, who joins a talented Kitchen Team.

David is passionate about artisan producers and believes that the standard of the produce in New Zealand equals and often exceeds the produce being offered in Europe, Asia and a vast majority of the world. He is great believer in what are now tagged “heirloom” or “original” strains of vegetables and is an advocate for good welfare standards when it come to the rearing of livestock.

His style would best be described as honest and straightforward with seasonal produce taking centre stage. He loves sweet and sour / hot and cold pairings as well as matches from different cuisines. Although a convert to some of the science of “molecular gastronomy” he continues to believe that the taste and texture of natural products can always be embellished but should not be diluted.  View Full Staff Profile


Try this winning canapé recipe, guaranteed to impress your dinner guests...

gazpacho  Garden Pea Gazpacho


Ingredients (makes 1 Litre):

  • 400 gms frozen garden peas

  • Almonds, 50gms ground almond flour

  • 20 gms peeled NZ garlic

  • 100 gms shallots

  • 500 mls vegetable stock

  • 100 mls demi-cream (28% cream)

  • 100 gms spring onions

  • 50 gms herb, mint leaf

  • 50 mls quality olive oil 

  • 10 gms flakey natural sea salt

  • 10 mls tabasco

1. Dice the shallots and crush the garlic.
2. Sweat with the olive oil until tender.
3. Once soft, place in a bar blender along with stock, ground almonds, peas, spring onion and herbs.
4. Puree until smooth.
5. Pass through a fine sieve and then add the cream. Season to taste with the salt and tabasco.
6. Chill down and serve.


 

New Artwork by Rex Homan, Jet Park Hotel Auckland Airport.

Written by Kym Klein on May 2nd, 2017.      0 comments

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Another awe-inspiring piece of art by sculptor, Rex Homan, has made its statement/presence here at Jet Park Hotel recently.

 

Overlooking the lobby of the new conference centre, Te Hokioi (Haast’s Eagle) captures the attentions of its audience with its impressive wingspan and powerful talons. As you approach the eagle from the side, you are confronted with its intense stare and overall domineering appearance. Te Hokioi was the largest eagle ever known to man and up to 500 years ago circled the skies of the mountainous regions of Te Waipounamu (South Island) of Aotearoa (New Zealand).

When you are here next, make sure you visit Jet Park Hotel (conference centre) for a closer look at the artist’s representation of this magnificent creature.
 

About Te Hokioi (Haast's Eagle)...

The largest eagle ever known to man, Te Hokioi, up to 500 years ago circled the skies of the mountainous regions of Te Waipounamu (South Island) in Aotearoa (New Zealand). Tremendously powerful, with a wingspan of 3 metres (10 feet) and talons to match a tiger’s claws, Te Hokioi's menacing appearance must have struck terror into the hearts of Aotearoa's first human inhabitants, the Maori, when they arrived about 800 years ago. Indeed, in legend it is said the bird was a man-eater, easily capable of swooping on and carrying off young children. Te Hokioi's main food source was the huge flightless land bird, the Moa. The demise of the Moa, likely by over-hunting, no doubt largely contributed to Te Hokioi's extinction. Julius Von Haast, a 19th century geologist, gave Haast's Eagle the alternative name following the discovery of bones in a swamp.  This near life size stylised Te Hokioi is constructed using driftwood gathered by the artist from Bay of Plenty beaches.  Rex Homan | Sculptor

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Top 10 Things to Do While in Auckland- Jet Park Hotel.

Written by Kym Klein on February 27th, 2017.      0 comments

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With a myriad of information out there, we've put together a simple list of our "Top 10 must-dos" while in Auckland.

  1. A region of diverse landscapes, Auckland has a multitude of walking tracks to suit. Otuatua Stone Fields or Mangere Mountain are close to the hotel.
  2. Discover beautiful Hauraki Gulf and it’s Islands- golden sand beaches. Try sailing, kayaking, or dolphin spotting, to name a few.
  3. For the bargain-hunter, you can’t go past Dress Smart outlet in Onehunga (15mins from hotel).
  4. Traveling with family? Fun things to do are at the hotel’s doorstep- Butterfly Creek, Ambury Farm and Rainbow’s End, plus more.
  5. Enjoy Auckland’s bustling markets- check out Clevedon Farmers Market (30 mins south of Hotel) or Victoria Park Market in the CBD. 
  6. Close to the hotel is world-renowned Villa Maria winery. Why not treat yourself to an a-la-carte meal in Te Maroro Restaurant, and sample the range of Villa Maria wines? 
  7. Check out Auckland Botanical Gardens; A focus on creating unique gardens and landscapes has resulted in a spectacular garden with a distinctive South Pacific flavour. The Gardens attract more than 950,000 visitors each year.
  8. Explore Auckland’s volcanoes. Did you know that Auckland has 48 volcanoes! One local gem is worth visiting- Mangere Mountain.
  9. Immerse yourself in art and culture at the Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland Museum or NZ Maritime Museum. 
  10. Short on time? Jet Park Hotel features some wonderful art and sculptures. Ask at our Front Desk for our art tour brochure.

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Te Maroro Restaurant, Auckland Airport Achieves Beef and Lamb Excellence Award 2017!

Written by Kym Klein on December 7th, 2016.      0 comments

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Te Maroro Restaurant achieves the high standard required to receive the 2017 Beef and Lamb Excellence Award.


Congratulations to our Executive Chef, Adrian Brett-Chinnery, and his team for receiving the Gold Plate in the 2017 New Zealand Beef and Lamb Excellence Awards. Following anonymous assessments of main course beef and lamb dishes, some feedback by the judges was as follows:
 
Beef dish: Savannah eye fillet of beef, braised cheek, parsley, baby turnip, potato mousse, ash, onions.
"This was a beautifully cooked and presented dish. The beef fillet was perfectly seasoned, expertly cooked and well rested. The charring on the meat imparted a lovely char flavour to the dish. The beef cheek was moist, tender and succulent and it was full of flavour. The parsley purée had a rich intense flavour and the potato mousse was light and subtle. The onions gave a lovely contrast and the ash was an interesting touch dusted on the mousse although could have been a touch stronger in flavour. Presentation was lovely with the fresh and unique living green garnishes used and this was a most enjoyable meal which reached a high standard of excellence."

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Tourism's Growth Industry in New Zealand, Jet Park Hotel.

Written by Jeeva Jeevan-Nanthan on November 17th, 2016.      0 comments

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Tourism is a growth industry in New Zealand and the Auckland Airport and Rotorua are no exceptions to this change.


You may have noticed that room rates have increased, this is due to the higher demand but you can still enjoy some special deals. We will share these with you and our advice for getting the best deal is; If you book your room in advance, you will enjoy a special rate. That rate will fluctuate according to the season but you will enjoy the early bird rates.
Another way you can get better deals is by booking direct through our own website www.jetpark.co.nz.

We have special deals that are exclusive to our loyal customers and you’ll also receive reward dollars that you can spend during a future stay at either of our properties.  Why not join our loyalty club and enjoy the benefits? We  offer you a potpourri of attractive rates throughout the year, including romance and weekend packages, and our Silly Season room sale to name a few!
 
Come stay with us. Jeeva Jeevananthan, GM.

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Every child is an artist at Jet Park Hotel, Auckland Airport

Written by Sonja Herrmann on November 17th, 2016.      0 comments

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The art that adorns the walls of the guest rooms, lobby, and toilet facilities in our new conference centre are a work created by many hands.


We wanted each space to have a unique, original piece that has real connection with the hotel. My vision was to create a cooperative art project from the children of staff members. All art work has originated in art completed in the school holidays in 2015. We invited children of all ages to create art with themes of nature; shapes inspired by the pattern, texture and form of plants, New Zealand Birds, and their own works. These themes connect with the hotel’s emphasis on care for our environment and our community. We mostly used acrylic paint on canvas or paper. Some artworks were created by a single child, and others were co-operative “group” works. Our staff (parents) helped with running the workshops too and their brush strokes have made it into the artwork. The children had great fun. They were also taken on a tour of the hotel’s art collection, and the spaces that their parents work in.
 
Our vision was to retain the originality and inspiration of “children’s art” whilst giving it a refined look. To enhance it in ways which preserve the childrens’ artwork; the amazing patterns, color, and images. To create pieces that would complement the décor and design of the spaces within the conference centre. The children’s artworks were thematically grouped and designed into new works.
 
The refined works are digital images that have been printed onto canvas. Each guest room also has a section of the children’s painting hanging next to the canvas. The intention is to connect and show the transition from the raw piece and add the element of “finding” that image in the canvas. Each floor of guest rooms has a different theme and each room a different canvas.
 
The works on each lobby are the children’s original pieces. We hope you will enjoy these lively creations as much as we have enjoyed their making.”

By Sonja Herrmann, HR & Marketing Manager

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Jet Park Hotel, Auckland Airport Opens Auckland's Newest Conference & Event Centre!

Written by Sonja Herrmann on August 12th, 2016.      0 comments

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Left to right: Long standing team member, May Heather (Executive Housekeeper), Alistair White and partner Sonja Herrmann (HR & Marketing Manager), Liz Herrmann (Director), Ashley (Project Manager & Property/Assets Manager) and partner Jen Schierhout, Sebastian Herrmann (MC for Gala Dinner evening).


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  After 18 years in operation Jet Park Hotel,  Auckland Airport has opened a new 250 person conference centre and a further 60 guest rooms.  The ambitious undertaking brings the 4-star plus hotel’s room capacity to 222 and it now features an ultra-modern multi-level conference complex complete with a ballroom, multiple conference rooms, and a 5th floor complete with a private bar and magnificent views to Rangitoto.

Guests can enjoy break-out to a beautiful landscaped garden and an outdoor deck overlooking a pond/wetland area.  The venue offers a close location to Auckland Airport with complimentary 24-hour shuttle bus, free car parking, and superb food and beverage options.  Uniquely, the new facility and guest rooms can also be hired out entirely for exclusive use by one client.  It includes its own restaurant and coffee bar, reception desk, and a range of flexible conference spaces.  Says General Manager, Jeeva Jeevananthan, “This development will be immensely important for a number of reasons.  Our existing precinct is growing in popularity for meetings, it’s very convenient for people to access from all around New Zealand.  Our additional rooms are timely with the shortage of rooms in the area very much in the news.”

The new conference centre was opened on the 15th July at a gala-dinner attended by those central to the build and fit-out, the hotel’s loyal long-term suppliers, staff, industry guests and dignitaries Sir George  from Villa Maria and Bob Kerridge from SPCA Auckland.  The evening was a great success, MC being youngest son of Liz Herrmann and former hotel GM, Sebastian Herrmann.  Guests enjoyed a “movable feast” across the various spaces and levels of the new building finishing on the upper floor with live music, dessert and a cake cutting to commemorate the hotel’s 18th birthday.

Liz Herrmann, Director says, “We wanted a modern, highly functional building which is located close to the existing building, a design that both incorporates our current buildings, but provides a renewed profile to the whole site.  We sought flexibility for conference space and set-ups, a beautiful green space, modern building with state of the art technology and a magnificent new commission by James Wright and new sculptures by Rex Homan which links the new with the established buildings.”  The new conference centre was a joint project with Watts and Hughes, architectural and design work by Joey Cordero, engineers Envivo and many of the hotel’s long-term suppliers contributing- including Ward Chandler (electrical), Chenery Plumbing, Titan, Panasonic, Burns and Ferrall and Basically Floors.  At the gala dinner Liz Herrmann celebrated the many long relationships of what she describes as “the greater Jet Park family”.  Many of these suppliers contributed to the original build and the subsequent expansion projects. 

The hotel is a family business and the project has been a very hands-on experience for all with son Ashley Schierhout being project manager for the entire build, overseeing the details as well as the greater vision.  In keeping with previous art work created by her, daughter Sonja Herrmann has used original creations of the staff’s children and re-interpreted their works onto canvas for a unique art installation adorning the new guest wings and floor lobbies.  In addition Sonja has orchestrated the Human Resources and Marketing for the hotel.  All the hotel’s department heads have contributed greatly in the process and everyone is immensely pleased with the outcome.

The hotel has grown in several stages since it first opened in 1998 with 90 rooms, adding a 45 room wing in 2004, then a further 45 room wing in 2008. The business has achieved 4 star plus and Qualmark Enviro-Gold standard and won several awards over the years for excellence across different aspects of the operation.  In November 2015 it also opened a hotel in Rotorua, Jet Park Hotel Rotorua. With the years of planning and 18 months of construction at an end the hotel can proudly stand by its accomplishment which has expanded the opportunity for conferencing near Auckland Airport, provided 40 new jobs, and channelled an enormous amount of creative energy and challenge for staff.  Jeeva Jeevananthan says, “Anyone can build a hotel, but it’s the service that makes the difference and it’s our staff that make the difference for us.  We put a lot of time and effort into our staff and as a result we have low staff turnover and we have the core principles of service right.”
 
In Brief: Jet Park Airport Hotel and Conference Centre. 63 Westney Road, Mangere, Auckland. Telephone (09) 275 4100.  www.jetpark.co.nz

Conference capacity: 240 Theatre/ 180 Banquet/ 120 Classroom/ 250 Cocktail.
Enquiries to: conference@jetpark.co.nz or seegerv@jetpark.co.nz

Media Enquiries: Sonja Herrmann, HR & Marketing Manager, Jet Park Hotel. sonjah@jetpark.co.nz
     

 

2 Kitchens- More Amazing Dining Options! Jet Park Hotel Auckland Airport.

Written by Sonja Herrmann on June 20th, 2016.      0 comments

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  One of the benefits to building a new conference centre is that we now have 2 kitchens on site- and a wonderful new range of F&B options! We're inviting you to visit us (even if you're not a conference guest) just so that you can sample what's cooking...

Our new complex includes a wonderful large restaurant space with a buffet line located at the heart of our conference centre where guests can enjoy conference lunches. Our new ballroom can cater to gala dinners, and the top floor of the conference centre with views over the city lights and to Rangitoto plus the option of a private bar will bring real sparkle to your evening for either a cocktail function or private dinner.
 
If you're after a quick coffee or morning tea our café is the ideal spot and you can enjoy the view over the landscaped wetland area while you eat. 

Chef Adrian has crafted a wide range of menu options, which cater to both large groups, but also offer an excellent selection for a smaller special event.  Our large, modern spaces are fully flexible to ensure that your group’s needs can be accommodated perfectly.
 
The award winning Te Maroro Restaurant, and Indaba Bar are an ideal space to relax after a long day of travel, business, or conferencing.  Finally, if we've wined and dined you and you're still hungry...our newest kitchen star, Pastry Chef Jiemin Aw has created for you a last mouthful of delectable sweet treats!
 
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Jet Park Airport Hotel earns 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

Written by Kym Klein on June 2nd, 2016.      0 comments

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  Jet Park Hotel & Conference Centre is proud to have received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year.
 
"With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honours hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travellers”, said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition helps travellers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travellers feel more confident in their booking decisions.”
 
The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

Jet Park Hotel Auckland Airport has won this award now for 6 years- an achievement the whole team can be very proud of!  View Guest reviews on TripAdvisor 
 
About TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor® is the world's largest travel site**, enabling travellers to plan and book the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers advice from millions of travellers, and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features, with seamless links to booking tools that check hundreds of websites to find the best hotel prices. TripAdvisor-branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 340 million unique monthly visitors***, and 350 million reviews and opinions covering 6.5 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 48 markets worldwide.
 
**Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, February 2016
***Source: TripAdvisor log files, Q1 2016

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New Luxurious Deluxe Twin Rooms - Jet Park Hotel, Auckland Airport

Written by Kym Klein on May 24th, 2016.      2 comments

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Original artworks by hotel staff children, 1st floor "The Tower"

  We’re excited to announce the opening of our brand new Deluxe Twin Rooms- these 45 rooms are now available for booking from 20th June 2016 and are situated in “The Tower” above our new 250-person conference centre.  They are ideally suited for corporate or conference guests with some of the higher floors offering amazing views!

Each room has 2 queen beds and a range of facilities to offer the best in comfort to our guests- high quality linen, mini-bar, safe, desk, easy-chair and table, 40-inch flat-screen TV, DECT phone, modern bathroom with shower, complimentary WiFi, and our own Park Spa amenity range.  The interior décor has been procured by our Director, Liz Herrmann together with our Executive and Assistant Executive Housekeeper and includes beautiful rich fabrics in orange, a pallet of neutrals and bright artwork designed by our own “artist collective”- the children of our hotel staff!  Spacious, accessible rooms are available upon request and include a queen size and single bed.

For booking enquiries please contact our friendly Reservations team: Freephone 0800 538 466 or +64 9 275 4100 or email: reservations@jetpark.co.nz

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Written by Kym Klein on May 6th, 2016.      0 comments


 

The Roof is On! New Conference Centre opening June 2016! Jet Park Hotel, Auckland Airport

Written by Sonja Herrmann on January 29th, 2016.      0 comments

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From left: Hirini Maguire (Site Manager, Watts & Hughes), Jose Cordero (Associate, Ignite Architects), Richard Philip (Quantity Surveyor, Watts & Hughes), Liz Herrmann (Owner, Jet Park Hotel), Ashley Schierhout (Property & Asset Manager, Jet Park Hotel), Jeeva Jeeva-Nanthan (General Manager, Jet Park Hotel)


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  Jet Park Hotel’s new 250 person conference centre reached a big milestone this week and to celebrate the hotel hosted the construction team to a “roof wetting” BBQ on site.  Hirini Maguire is the Site Manager from Watts and Hughes and is pleased to see the structure 97% completed.  The project’s focus is now largely on the internal-works for the conference areas as well as the 60 new guest rooms.  The next milestone for the 80-strong team, says Hirini will be “power-on” for the site- The electrical sub-contractor is Ward Chandler.  Having power and reducing the need for long extension cables makes a big difference to the crew.  Hirini and Ashley Schierhout, Project Manager from Jet Park Hotel reflect on “weather” being one of the challenges in the construction to date.

The construction crew, including sub-contractors enjoyed what they said was, “one of the best shouts” they’ve had on a site.  The hotel’s F&B and Front Office Managers cooked prawns, steak, and large German bratwurst sausages and everyone enjoyed a well-deserved break from the hard work which began in February 2015 to bring the project to this point.

The team consists of talented workers from New Zealand and all over the world.  To name a few; Ian a Jamaican and Zaid from Egypt who are working on the timber framing; Alma a Design Engineer and Project Manager who is from Bosnia and responsible for the installation of the complex air-conditioning system.  She is also the only woman on site.  Alma explains that the sophisticated and efficient system and the benefits it will bring to the business with around 100 kilo-watt savings.  A challenge she says has been finding the space to fit all the equipment.
Liz Herrmann, Director of Jet Park Hotel and Ashely Schierhout are spear-heading the project and are thrilled that this mile-stone has been reached.  They are now focussing on the endless, but interesting details involved in the interior design and the hotel’s entire management team are moving into action to ready each of their departments for opening in June 2016.

The large conference centre will be able to host all manner of meetings, gala dinners, small trade shows, weddings etc. and the views from the top-floor provide a beautiful back-drop for functions whilst an out-door landscaped garden for break-out space and deck overlooking a pond will be another eye-pleaser for attendees. For enquiries please contact: conference@jetpark.co.nz

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Silly Season Sale on Now! Jet Park Hotel, Auckland Airport

Written by Kym Klein on November 18th, 2015.      0 comments

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'Silly Season' Room Rates Available Now at Jet Park Hotel, Auckland Airport


Our annual SALE OF THE YEAR is back!  We're celebrating the upcoming silly season with fantastic 'Silly Season' rates in time for school holidays, Christmas or New Year's travel. Limited availability! All room types include complimentary WiFi, free car parking, and complimentary 14 days car storage (subject to availability).
Stay period: 18.12.15 - 31.01.16. Bookable: 17.11.15 - 31.01.16

Our Silly Season Sale is available on these room types:
  • QUEEN rooms which are a great option for the short stay without compromising on quality. From $128
  • SUPERIOR KING or SUPERIOR TWIN rooms which are great for accommodating families or for those looking for that little extra style and luxury. From $144
  • DELUXE rooms offer luxury, space and every amenity to make your stay a memorable one. From $159

 

An Interview with New Executive Chef- Adrian, Jet Park Hotel

Written by Kym Klein on October 15th, 2015.      0 comments

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An Interview with Executive Chef, Adrian Brett-Chinnery


Background and career highlights
Born and raised in Wales and just outside of London, Adrian has had an interesting start in the hospitality industry from the ground level up; “I was working in an old-school kitchen just outside of London in Surrey, filling in for a mate washing dishes at an early age and ended up staying. In one year I got promoted to Commis Chef”.  Adrian worked for a couple of years there, and then went to Technical College to formally study cookery skills, however after one year, went onto an apprenticeship at the chain ‘Forte Hotels’ for a couple of years. Adrian then enjoyed a stint at Ha! Ha! Bar & Canteen, where he became Chef de Partie, was then promoted to Sous Chef and then onto Head Chef at the tender age of just 19. Adrian then took a step back and returned to being a Chef de Partie at various places, and became a pastry chef at a Michelin star rated restaurant ‘purely by chance’.  

A New Zealand holiday plus…
In 2004, Adrian came to New Zealand on a short holiday, but decided to stay and went onto becoming a Chef de Partie at Hotel du Vin. In 6 months, he was promoted to Sous Chef and then Executive Chef in one year. He stayed for about 4 ½ years, before leaving to open up a restaurant in Auckland City- the ‘Market Kitchen & Bar’. After just 9 months, Adrian was head hunted to go to the infamous Bracu as Head Chef and spent a further 3 ½ years there. Some of his career highlights came from this time, including enjoying the MasterChef Season 1 being filmed there, and in seasons 2 and 3, Adrian assisted in the selection process of contestants. Over this time, the restaurant achieved a ‘Metro Top 50’ and ‘Cuisine Top 50’ accolades; “The job at Bracu was a defining moment in my career which led onto the MasterChef association. I completed recipes for books, and rubbed shoulders with chefs such as Michael Meredith and Simon Gault. Having the contestants in the first series of MasterChef cook my 10-course degustation menu was also a highlight.”

A short stint in Fiji
In 2011, Adrian shifted to Fiji and was responsible for 9 hotels (2 ½ - 4 ½ star) in four countries- New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa and Vanuatu. He enjoyed an overall responsibility in training, menu development and hygiene, and got to travel in his role with the Fiji Chef’s Association; “One of the highlights was going to Norway and taking part in the World Chef’s Congress as a representative of Fiji”. After 3 years in Fiji at the end of his contract, Adrian returned to New Zealand and took on the role of Operations Manager at Castaways, before becoming Executive Chef at Jet Park Hotel in October 2015.

What’s your inspiration and food concept?
“I love quality ingredients. I am inspired by living in South Auckland where you’re close to where everything grows, and you see the seasonal changes. I enjoy seeing what other chefs are doing, reviewing food trends; I read books and magazines and talk to suppliers- Sometimes I could be just driving home and an idea pops into my head”.  Adrian is quick to state he would rather let the ingredients talk for themselves; “Everything on the plate needs to be there for a reason”.  He enjoys the technique of slow cooking using unusual cuts of meat. Not one for ‘fusion food’, Adrian’s style would be more modern European, and he looks forward to creating menu dishes using local, fresh, quality ingredients as much as possible.

What’s your favourite dish of all time? 
“A proper good lamb doner kebab, like those in London. I also love good Italian and Japanese food.  At home- my 3 children, fiancé and I enjoy making our own homemade pasta”.

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
Adrian enjoys go-kart racing, DIY renovation (own house) and spending time with his 3 children and fiancé. His ideal holiday destination would be Asia and he admits; “I would love to eat my way around the whole continent, or travel back to Fiji for a nice break in the warmth”.

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