Enjoy your own French chef at home
Enjoy your own French chef at home
Experience delightful at-home fine dining and cooking classes with family and friends
Big or small, swanky or relaxed, you set the ambience while I take care of the rest
Call me and I will do the shopping, cook, entertain and even clean up!
My goal is to create an experience designed to make you and your guests happy
Contact me to book a free visit at your place to create your own menu
Pea, Cucumber and Bacon velouté with fried Pumpkin, Parsley
Onion Soup French style with individual Garlic bread, Cheese (VG)
Pumpkin Velouté with Pancetta, Turmeric, Honey, Ginger and Smoked Paprika
Taboulé: couscous, Olive oil, Tomato, Lemon, Onion, Mint, Cucumber, Raisins (VEG)
Gazpacho: spicy Soup with roasted Tomatoes, Capsicum, Garlic, smoked Paprika (VEG)
La Bouillabaisse, Provence 3-fish & seafood Tomato chowder, flambé with Pastis
Tarakihi fillet or whole in Papillote with Beans, Polenta, Ginger and Mango dressing
Lamb in Orange, Soy, Anise, Sichuan pepper, smoked Bacon, Polenta, Carrots, Thyme
Mushroom Pie with Silverbeet, Spinach, Ricotta, Egg and Tarragon in short pastry (VG)
Smoked Eggplant filled with Ratatouille, Capsicum, Fava bean cooked in Green tea (VEG)
Chocolate Fondant, Raspberry coulis, roasted Almonds, burnt meringues (VEG)
Carrot Cake and Its New York style Fudge, Banana Shake Cream, Hemp Pepper
Roasted Plum, sweet Tomato, Vanilla creamy Custard, Cinnamon, Cocoa crumble
Tarte Tatin with a medley of Apples, salted butter Caramel, Vanilla custard, Apricot
Apple & Pear Crumble with Berries, All-Spice, Ginger, Vanilla, Redberry Coulis (VEG)
Assorted cheese & nuts platter, to share
Assorted cured meats platter, to share
Assorted seasonal fruit basket, to share
Freshly baked baguettes or brioche loaf, to share
Every day I explore local markets and keep in touch with my local suppliers, growers and producers to keep ahead of my game. With a strong preference for everything organic, I also use plant-based and biodegradable products. Reducing waste is also on top of my priorities and I tailor each menu based on produce seasonality and availability with no compromise on my level of service.
Don’t hesitate to contact me, and I’ll happily answer you within hours.
Mobile: 022 492 3206
I regularly teach cooking classes at private homes. These are tailored to suit you, in your own kitchen. It’s easy, laid-back and lots of fun, especially if you like to participate. You can also just watch and sip a glass of wine until it’s ready to taste!
My customised gift certificates (for dinners or classes) make an elegant, original and quite valuable gift!
My cooking classes were recently reviewed in the New Zealand Herald, by #HayleyMcLarin
I started my culinary career at the beautiful 5* Relais et Chateaux Hôtel Restaurant Le Mas de Pierre, in Saint Paul de Vence. Thanks to chef Emmanuel Lehrer, I learnt modern French fine dining, as a commis and demi chef de partie. I went on to Forum Jorges François in Nice, a social kitchen project where I led a team of 12 chefs and designed a daily Zero Waste menu for 100 people, under the supervision of chef Philippe Bouchet. I met my Kiwi fiancée in Antibes and we have been living in Auckand New Zealand for the last 3 years, where I have been fusing the exquisite flavours of Aotearoa with French and Mediterranean cuisine. When I am not busy with private dinners and cooking classes, I like to organise sensory experiments, canapes soirees, food & wine tastings, social kitchen activities and pop-ups. In September 2019, my wife and I will move to New Haven (Connecticut, USA) where she will study music composition at Yale, while I keep creating new flavours, working with local organic farms and restaurants.
Beverley & Sean (Cowes Bay, Waiheke)
We had the best week-end and everyone was in awe with your fantastic food. Once again a HUGE THANK YOU!!!
Hi Arno – thanks so much for the amazing dinner on Saturday evening. We have no idea how you managed to cook 5 delicious courses for 10 people (and then clean up afterward!) without any stress but we were certainly very impressed. Would happily recommend you to anyone looking for a personal chef experience. Thank you again!!
Kelly (Point Chevalier)
Arno prepared an amazing 5 course meal for a dinner party for us. The food was amazing and Arno, very professional. His attention to detail and thoughtfulness helped make the evening a very special occasion.
Helen (Herne Bay)
Arno prepared a beautiful 4 course French dinner for us in our home. The food was to die for, and it was great to be able to watch Arno cooking and explain to us the dishes and ingredients used. Arno is charming and professional, I would definitely recommend him for any in-house high-end cooking you need! Perfect for dinner parties. Thanks Arno!
Robert (Saint Heliers)
Dear Arno, we all had such a great time. The food was perfect. Everyone truly enjoyed the whole day. Thank you Arno. A birthday to remember.
Sharon (Browns Bay)
Arno, Thank you for last night. A wonderful experience and excellent food.
Thank you Arno, we all had a wonderful night on Friday. The food and service was impeccable. Many thanks once again.
Annette (Mission Bay)
Thank you so much for the amazing delicious meal you cooked for us on Saturday night. Everyone loved the food & it really made the night! There were quite a few people who are keen for me to forward your details to them.
Jeremy (Mount Eden)
Arno catered a party of 16 in our home with help from a waitress for drinks and food service. They were both fantastic and lovely to have in our home. The food was very good. Arno was a great help selecting fresh produce from the market beforehand. We had a whole scotch fillet beef main for which he made fresh bearnaise sauce. We would happily have him back again!
Arno catered for a special birthday luncheon for us and our friends fifteen in all. The three courses were all superb and all our guests were enthusiastic about the quality and interesting flavours of the various dishes
The snapper entrée looked beautiful and there was a great mix of flavours. Guests were able to choose between tarahiki and eye fillet steak and both mains were excellent. I had the steak which was just perfect in every way!
The Louise style rhubarb tart was so delicious that we would happily eat it several times a week. And Arno did all the clearing up too! We were so impressed by his positive approach to the meal, his efficiency and flexibility, and his whole approach to food. Highly recommended!!
Thank you so much Arno for such delicious food and such professional service delivered in the midst of everyone. Please thank the waitresses for keeping the glasses filled.
My family have gone home with the meatballs and pork and sliders for the school lunches. My friends all enjoyed themselves and appreciated your culinary skills. And great to have the cleaning up done as well.
@thenorthernclubnz "Fantastic, thanks Arno. Such a unique experience. Awesome tasting today"
The Northern Club, Sensory event and Truffle Dinner demonstration, July & August 2017
@aporchestra "Dear Arnaud thank you for your generosity in offering this auction item"
The Auckland Philarmonia Orchestra Deloitte Summer Salon 2017 & Winter Gala Dinner 2018
@dhallandnash "Delicious! The canapes were perfect and a great pairing with our champagne. Many thanks Arno"
Dhall & Nash Fine Wines, Billecart Champagne 200 years celebration event, Baran de Bordeaux, November 2018
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