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6 & 7 July 2024

Simon Sheehy

The Public Office

Simon's foodie journey started when he decided to start a Diploma in Professional Cookery at Wintec. From this he won a scholarship to work in the UK and then went on to work in various restaurants, cafes and catering companies. 

Noticing a gap in the market, in 2017 Simon along with his wife Sarah set up Orchard Providores to provide high quality catering to the wider Hauraki Plains and Coromandel area. In September 2020 Orchard Providores grew to include their new restaurant and cafe The Public Office based in Ngatea. Bringing people together over good food and beverage is why we do what we do.

Get to know Simon:

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

Luke's Kitchen

Most underrated vegetable, cut of meat or seafood?

Carrots! Roasted with brown sugar and fennel seeds until they are very dark , such a delicious way to serve a cheap and accessible vege.

The kitchen utensil you can't live without?

Good chopping board and tongs.

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

Fire Fighter

What is your one ingredient that is your staple?

Citrus juice. This brings life to everything. Salads, roasted veges, desserts, raw fish. Its very versatile.

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

Nachos with all the trimmings.

Where to see Simon

Wholesome Hub

Saturday 4.00pm

Warm silky dark chocolate and Kahlua Tart with cool and refreshing Raspberry Sorbet.

His advice to new cooks

"Surround yourself with people who are successful and are happy to share their knowledge and encourage you."