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 obscure cuvée from all over the world and 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.

Scott Denning

Initially wanting to work for 3 Michelin star chef Marco Pierre White, Scott spent four months at his restaurant the Oak Room before being fortunate enough to be introduced to Michel Roux Jnr and landing a position at 2 star Le Gavroche. A year later he followed his sous chef Rob Weston to The Square, also Michelin star under Phil Howard, where he started in pastry and worked across all sections of the kitchen.

This was followed by a year as junior sous chef at 2 Michelin star Pied à Terre. Scott was also a finalist in the prestigious Roux Scholarship competition for up and coming chefs in the UK in 2003. Scott credits these early years as having a massive influence on his work and career, thriving on the pressure and spurred on by how much he was learning.

While championing local and organic ingredients and being able to see the product on the plate for what it is, it is this exposure to different cultures and experience in top European kitchens that has helped mould Scott’s style of cuisine and which he now brings to The Grove as head chef.


Chris and Lucile moved to Auckland from Melbourne Australia where they met. Chris has vast experience in Restaurants and hotels and has run 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 and 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.