Sean Connolly is departing from his role as signature chef at SkyCity Auckland’s The Grill and Gusto at the Grand.

Michael Ahearne, group chief operating officer, said that the entire SkyCity team has thoroughly enjoyed working with Sean and that his industry knowledge and culinary skills have created amazing experiences for customers and employees.

“The talents of Sean Connolly, combined with our great working relationship, has resulted in outstanding results and success at our outlets, helping put Federal Street on the map and creating to a lasting reputation for the precinct,” said Ahearne.

Connolly said that it is with a heavy heart that he departs.

“I’ve had a thrilling journey with the group, and I’m proud that my time with The Grill and Gusto have contributed to the legacy of Federal Street,” said Connolly. “I leave with great memories, and I will miss the unbelievably talented team of staff that I have been so lucky to work with.”

Operations at both The Grill and Gusto at the Grand will continue operations as per usual under the careful watch of head chefs Ryan Allen and Vaughn Kay, respectively.