Our Story

Our cuisine is based on New Zealand grown ingredients and their regional diversity. We create dishes with them through techniques and influences from around the world in ways that embody progression and purpose.

We entertain with fine food and personable service that imparts knowledge and storytelling. We care about running an ethical, sustainable business where people love to eat and our staff are proud to work.

Meet
the Team

Restaurant Manager / Owner
Tony Stewart

Tony has been a fixture of the Auckland hospitality scene since he opened his first lounge bar in the nineties, but it was the arrival of Clooney in 2006 that established his reputation as a restaurateur. Twelve years later, he still plays a major role in service and the day to day running of the restaurant.

Tony has a huge focus on showcasing New Zealand ingredients and giving New Zealand profile as a culinary destination. In 2013 he set up the acclaimed Waiheke Island Yacht Club in San Francisco in an attempt to bring together the most high profile New Zealand food and beverage offering seen away from New Zealand. Tony continues this direction today with his recent reinvention of Clooney’s cuisine by using only New Zealand ingredients.

Tony is committed to putting New Zealand more firmly on the map as a global culinary destination.

Head Chef
Nobu Lee

Born in Taipei and raised in Tokyo, Nobu found passion for food at an early age and began learning his craft in Asia’s top restaurants and hotels.

An opportunity to work under Chef of the Century, Joël Robuchon proved to be a career defining move. Nobu worked his way up to Sous Chef and was a key part of the L’ATELIER de Joël Robuchon Taipei team.

Over the years Nobu has continued to as one of Asia Pacific’s top Chefs with an impressive resume of Head Chef roles at award-winning restaurants including Marque in Sydney and most recently Vue de Monde in Melbourne.

Nobu creates dishes that are boldly flavoured and beautifully executed, dishes that embody Clooneys philosophy of showcasing New Zealand ingredients.