Welcome to a world of superb flavours
Welcome to a world of superb flavours
Experience truly unique French fine dining and cooking classes in the comfort of your own home!
Big or small, swanky or relaxed, whatever your style, I’ll create a unique seasonal menu tailored to your needs.
Make a delicious soufflé in less than 30mn!
Amazing salad dressings, mind-blowing sides and killer sauces?
Paris, Provence, Burgundy, Normandy… learn their secret recipes and more!
Leeks steamed in Hay, ground Coffee, Banana vinaigrette, fresh Kumara bread
Chicken in a Mandarin Tomato sauce, Fennel, Yogurt, Basil, Anise Polenta
Smoked Apricot sweet Risotto, Redberry coulis, Pancetta, Parmesan
Watermelon & Rock Melon, Wine Jelly, Mint, Chili flakes
That’s my speciality: I design a unique menu based on your preferences
Organic vegetables, aged meat, the freshest fish and seafood, plus divine sauces
Let us start with a free visit at your place, whenever you want, so we can discuss your ideas.
Every week I explore the local markets, refine my selection of best local producers and growers and keep in touch with new trends. With a strong preference for everything organic, I also use plant-based biodegradable packaging whenever possible. I tailor each menu based on produce seasonality and availability while offering you a service to suit your taste, that you and your guests will adore! And soon, I will offer free vegan cooking classes to the public in Auckland central. Don’t miss out and scroll down to follow me on social media!
After 20 years spent working my foods and wines in Burgundy and Provence, I started my apprenticeship at the beautiful 5* Relais et Chateaux Hôtel Restaurant Le Mas de Pierre, in Saint Paul de Vence. There, thanks to an amazing chef, I learnt modern French fine dining, first as a commis and soon after as a demi chef de partie. Soon after, fate took me to an amazing challenge and social experiment called Forum Jorges François, in Nice. As a Second de cuisine there, I led a team of 12 chefs and designed a daily Zero Waste menu for 100 people, with my executive chef. While contemplating a new career as a chef on yachts in 2016, I met my Kiwi girlfriend in Antibes and we have been enjoying New Zealand and Auckland since then. For the last 3 years, I have been fusing the exquisite flavours of Aotearoa with modern and classic French cuisine in a variety of settings. When I am not working as a chef for hire and organising customised private dinners, I am involved in cooking classes, sensory experiments, food & beverage consultancy, social kitchen events, food science workshops, culinary photography and pop-ups.
Beverley & Sean Donnelly (Cowes Bay, Waiheke)
We had the best week-end and everyone was in awe with your fantastic food. Once again a HUGE THANK YOU!!!
Victoria Palfrey (Northcote)
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 Brown (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 Hemmett (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 Niwa (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.
Annette Mengel (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 Goodwin (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!
Frances Bell (Takapuna)
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 tarakihi 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!!
@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
You can also check my Google reviews just by clicking here!
I regularly teach cooking classes in English, or French if you prefer. These are tailored to suit you and take place in your kitchen. Soon (March & April 2019) I will also offer free cooking classes to the public, with limited seats, in Auckland CBD. Make sure you keep in touch through Facebook and you can read about a recent review of my private cooking classes by the New Zealand Herald here.
Offer a $150 gift certificate for a two-hour at-home cooking class in Auckland (2 person minimum).
Gift certificates are also available for private dinners. These are very appreciated and make a truly great gift!
For any voucher request, please submit an enquiry here and we will be in contact shortly!
For people in a hurry or with a budget, I offer ad-hoc cooking classes at my place with Traveling Spoon. Laid-back and informal, we cook and eat what’s in my fridge and according to my mood. Check out these French cooking courses at Alliance Française Auckland.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, I’ll be happy to answer.
Mobile: 022 492 3206
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