Continental Taps AbbariCanterbury catering and hires business Continental has improved its cuisine delivery with the appointment of Simo Abbari as executive chef. Moroccan-born Simo brings a wealth of international cuisine and management experience to the Continental team and is highly regarded amongst the industry in Canterbury.

After losing two Christchurch restaurants and a cooking school to the 2011 Canterbury earthquakes, the chef has since been splitting his time between his new businesses, delicatessen, café, cooking school Mosaic by Simo Catering and a Simo’s Food brand along with consultancy work in international restaurants.

Originally trained in classical French cuisine, Simo worked in various kitchens in Europe and North Africa before settling in Christchurch 22 years ago. Simo has since worked at the Millennium Hotel, Christchurch Parkroyal, Convention Centre and Westpac Trust Centre before opening his own ventures.

Simo will oversee the cuisine direction of all Continental’s food based activities.