New Culinary Director for Hilton Auckland

Overseeing the direction of all menus across the hotel including FISH Restaurant, Bellini Bar, as well as conference and events and in-room dining, Hilton Auckland is excited to announce multi-award-winning and respected chef, Des Harris as their new Culinary Director.

Making his mark in the kitchen at Wellington’s Logan Brown with Al Brown and Steve Logan, in 2006, Harris moved to Auckland to head up the Head Chef role at Clooney, and more recently The Hunting Lodge and Tantalus Estate. With his experience and multiple award wins, Harris now brings his extensive culinary refinement to Hilton Auckland, introducing his inventive dining style to the seaside FISH Restaurant.

Harris has a grand vision for Hilton Auckland, and FISH Restaurant, incorporating a mix of modern and primal cooking techniques, adding an abundance of freshness, acidity and touches of savoury umami characteristics. Partnering with local farmers, growers and suppliers, there will be a continued focus on locally sourced and seasonal produce along with ethically caught seafood.

Over the next few months, you’ll see new items added to all menus, with Harris' inspiration extending to pay respect to FISH Restaurant's name, while still offering something for everyone.

“With New Zealand’s own unique cold-water range of fish species, we want to hero this at FISH,” said Harris.

“I’m thrilled to be working with the team at Hilton Auckland with a vision to continue to use seasonal produce, great quality ingredients and add new combinations that are at the endless possibility of creativity.”

Harris is all about elevating flavour, intensity and texture of everyday ingredients, and his appointment comes at an exciting time, after a peak summer season, Hilton Auckland is continuing to up the ante with their premium five-star offering. Whether you’re dining waterside at FISH, or prefer to be in the comfort of your hotel room with in-room dining, Harris believes the experience should be the same.

“We are thrilled to have Des on the team. With his award-winning experience, innovative plans for the hotel, and ultimate opulence in mind, we’re so excited for everyone to truly experience what five-star means to Hilton Auckland,” commented Scott Thomson, General Manager Hilton Auckland.