MICHAEL & ANNETTE DEARTH
Since its doors opened in 2004, The Grove has secured itself as one of Auckland’s top restaurants with a unique approach to both food and service. With a passion for and expertise in the industry, owners Michael and Annette Dearth have gained outstanding recognition for the creation of this fine dining oasis. Michael and Annette moved to New Zealand from the United states after working in San Francisco. They love calling New Zealand home and are very proud of both The Grove and its sister restaurant Baduzzi. Michael’s influence is apparent throughout the wine list with interesting and obscurecuvée from all over the world at here in NZ. Michael has also embraced new age wine making and as such The Grove showcases a fantastic range of natural and biodynamic wines.
Executive chef, Benjamin Bayly has already experienced an illustrious career by landing senior chef roles at Michelin starred restaurants in London and France (The Ledbury & The Square, London: Restaurant Jean-Paul Jennet, France). During Ben’s duration at The Grove, the restaurant has been awarded Supreme Winner of the Metro Audi Restaurant of the Year for 2010 & 2011. The Grove has also been a finalist in Cuisine Magazine’s Restaurant of the year from 2004-2017 and Winner of Cuisine Best Metropolitan Restaurant 2012.
Head chef, Josh Barlow has worked at Huka Lodge, Guillaume at Bennelong in Sydney, The Bath Priory, Hibiscus, Fera at Claridges which has led him to where he is now, The Grove.
CHRISTOPHER MARTIN & LUCILE FORTUNA
Chris and Lucile moved to Auckland from Melbourne Australia where they met. Chris has a vast experience in Restaurants and hotels and has ran such restaurants as Vue de monde, Melbourne and The Ledbury in London.
– Lucile is from Lyon in France, the city of gastronomy as she likes to put it. Lucile has a passion for wine and brings a strong knowledge of French & European styles to The Grove. She studied wines in Crozes-Hermitage, and having lived in both Australia and New Zealand has grown fond of new world styles as well as her beloved Rhone Valley.