From Whitby to New York

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KYLIE WELCH

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.

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