Sebastian HindrichsSebastian Hindrichs of French Café fame, has taken the helm as executive chef at Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour’s elegant Lava Dining.

Hindrichs will bring his own interpretation of European classics with a New Zealand twist to the hotel’s restaurant. Following seven years heading up the kitchen at French Café, Hindrichs is excited to have some creative freedom to delight diners with unique flavour combinations. “I’m thrilled to have recently launched the winter menu at Lava Dining to bring touches of my home in Germany in the form of my favourite dishes, such as the Black Forest gateau,” said Hindrichs.

Area general manager of Sofitel New Zealand, Wouter de Graaf, said Hindrichs recent experience at the French Café will be an asset to Lava Dining. “Sofitel’s ethos combines the best of local ingredients with French gastronomy, design and culture, and we believe that Sebastian’s fine-dining experience is perfectly suited to Lava Dining and the Sofitel brand,” said Wouter.