From Whitby to New York
What did New York chef Matthew Lambert look forward to most when he recently visited family in Whitby? Good old Kiwi fish ’ n’ chips, of course.
New Zealand-born Mr Lambert, 30, and his wife, Barbara, have this year realised their dream of opening a fine dining New Zealand-themed restaurant in New York.
Mr Lambert, who recently flew home for a quick visit to his family, owns a restaurant in Nolita, in New York City.
The restaurant has attracted much praise since its opening this year, including receiving its first Michelin star.
Born and raised in Auckland, Mr Lambert knew from a young age that he wanted to be a chef.
At 16, he was granted an internship with restaurateur Garry Bates, which led to his acceptance into the culinary programme at Auckland University of Technology.
In 1999, he relocated to Wellington, where he worked in various restaurants while completing his degree at Whitireia Community Polytechnic.
His parents, Ralph and Anita, are extremely proud of their son and said having a Michelin star chef in the family was something to be proud of.
The hardest thing for them is that their son lives so far away, so it was a real pleasure to have him home for Labour Weekend, even if only briefly.