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 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.
KIRA GHIDONI - HEAD CHEF
Kira Ghidoni joined the Grove team in 2017 under former executive Chef Ben Bayly and quickly became a key member of our team.
Kira has extensive kitchen experience, most notably as an accomplished pastry chef. Kira has led teams at restaurants such as Fera at Claridge’s, Mosimann’s Club, Murano by Angela Hartnett and The Manor & Paradise Garage in London. She most recently worked as Executive Pastry Chef at Vue de Monde in Melbourne before moving to New Zealand. Kira is originally from Switzerland and is fluent in Italian, French, German, and English, which helps manage our diverse international kitchen team.
We are delighted to have Kira at the Grove and look forward to our future with Kira leading the way with her positivity and inspirational outlook. Kira cooks with her heart and is most passionate about seasonal local ingredients. We believe it is her time to shine given the amazing work she has already done.
Restaurant Manager Fabien Decoux, originally from just outside Paris, joined The Grove in 2016 after working in some of London and Sydney’s best restaurants and hotels. Coming from a culture deeply rooted in the restaurant industry, his passion for sharing great food and exceptional service is intertwined within him. Fabien’s classic French heritage, mixed with his enthusiasm and creative nature fits the objective of The Grove, to offer the best food New Zealand has to offer.
Fabien and Kira met each other at The Grove when she joined the team during the winter season of 2017. Shortly after, their passion for food and service brought them together, not only to run one of Auckland’s premier dining venues, but also as a couple outside of work sharing the same vision regarding a hospitality lifestyle and helping develop New Zealand’s modern dining scene