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6 & 7 July 2024

Maurice Montero

Chef Mr. Pickles Bar & Eatery

Head chef Maurice is co-owner of the restaurant Mr. Pickles Bar & Eatery. Maurice, originally from the Netherlands has been influenced by his Dutch and Spanish parents.

Arriving in New Zealand for a working holiday after working as a chef in Europe, he worked in mostly fine dining establishments and setting up different venues for people in Auckland and Hamilton,

before setting up Mr Pickles and fried chicken joint The Bearded Weasel. Plus, the secret on the street is he is also opening another bar very soon!

Get to know Maurice:

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

Cream Eatery

Most underrated vegetable, cut of meat or seafood?


The kitchen utensil you can't live without?


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


What is your one ingredient that is your staple?


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


Where to see Maurice:

Heathcotes Kitchen Theatre

Saturday 11.45am

Gnocchi Parisienne with herbs and brown butter. It's cheesy, soft and buttery!

His advice to new cooks

"being good is hard work keep your head down and learn".