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6 & 7 July 2024

Brad King

Chef The Falls Retreat

Brad is a passionate and creative chef, with over 10 years experience of international cuisine. Brad completed a Certificate in Professional Cookery at Waikato Polytechnic followed by an apprenticeship at Tables on the River (now the location of Palate Restaurant). He spent the next 10 years of his career working overseas in Australia, Europe and America and combined his passions for both food and snowboarding. 

In 2008 he moved back to NZ looking for an alternative lifestyle for his young family, working at The Porch in Waihi Beach for 3 years before opening his own restaurant located on his lifestyle property in 2011. They had a vision and a dream and slowly they moulded and shaped their home and business into what you experience today - The Falls Retreat. The Falls Retreat has a “paddock to plate” ethos and our menu focuses on seasonality and sustainability.

Brad's carrer highlights include Beef & Lamb Ambassador Chef 2015, Beef & Lamb Excellence Award 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, Winner of Monteith’s Wild Food Challenge 2010and Runner up of Monteith’s Wild Food Challenge 2009.

Get to know Brad:

Favourite restaurant/or café in the Waikato to go out to:


Most underrated vegetable, cut of meat or seafood?

Beef Cheeks

The kitchen utensil you can't live without?

Fish Slice

If you didn’t become a chef what would you have been?

Racing car driver ( I love adrenalin)

What is your one ingredient that is your staple?

Humble lemon

Saturday night in with a movie, what is your comfort meal?

Spaghetti Bolognaise

Where to see Brad:

Heathcotes Kitchen Theatre

Saturday 9.30am

Oven Braised Vietnamese Pork Ribs, Chilli Caramel and Herb Slaw.

His advice to new cooks

"The foundation to your career is key, immerse your self in a reputable kitchen with a Head chef who is willing to mentor u in your early stages."