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Distinction Dunedin Welcomes New Executive Chef

Marco Muetze commenced his 3 year apprenticeship in 2000 in his hometown of Dresden, Germany and on completion travelled through Europe to pursue his culinary career. He spent 4 years embracing local produce and honing his skills in Austria, Switzerland, Greece, Italy and Andalucía in the south of Spain

2008 saw Marco diversify his skills further when he took on a position working for DO & CO, catering for prestigious international events such as Formula 1, ATP, Americas Cup and the UEFA European Championships. Marco says it was surreal to wake up in a different country all over the world, every two  weeks and to cook for a range of VIPS including Bernie Ecclestone, presidents, kings & queens.

Two years later Marco turned his dream of coming to New Zealand into reality, starting out as Chef de Partie at the Langham Hotel in Auckland, before moving  into the Executive Chef role at the Stamford Plaza.

I wanted to stay in New Zealand for 1 year, but I guess that happens to most people. The beautiful scenery, amazing people and better produce just hooked me so I decided to stay,”  he said.

After leaving Auckland, Marco settled in Paihia in the beautiful Bay of Islands for a while before relocating to SKYCITY Hamilton in 2016, where he was responsible for running six different kitchens which supplied food to eight different outlets.

Moving south was always on Marco’s to do list and in 2019, he was able to tick that box when he was appointed Executive Chef at Distinction Dunedin Hotel. Responsible for creating exciting and bespoke menus for the hotel’s signature restaurant and unique Vaults - private dining rooms as well as expanding the catering for the new Exchange Conference Room located on the 3rd floor of the hotel. Marco has also recently introduced the very popular Distinctive Afternoon Tea available during weekends at Distinction Dunedin Hotel.

I am looking forward to working with the outstanding produce that the Otago region has to offer,” he says.
 
Distinction Dunedin are excited to welcome Executive Chef Marco Muetze. Responsible for creating exciting and bespoke menus for the hotel’s signature restaurant and unique Vaults - private dining rooms as well as expanding the catering for the new Exchange Conference Room located on the 3rd floor of the hotel.
Distinction Dunedin Welcomes New Executive Chef
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