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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. Eleven years later, he still plays a major role in service and the day to day running of the restaurant despite his many other projects including pop-up restaurant The Hamptons in Shortland St and, more recently, the acclaimed Waiheke Island Yacht Club in San Francisco. A standard bearer for sustainable fishing practices and spokesperson for ConversationNZ, 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 and most recently Vue de Monde in Sydney.

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