Appointed Executive Chef
At Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour, New Zealand
Nick Honeyman has been confirmed as Executive Chef at Sofitel Auckland Viaduct
Harbour with a wide ranging brief to make the 5-star hotel’s elegant Lava Dining his
Honeyman is well known in the cosmopolitan Auckland dining scene and comes to
Sofitel from his most recent role as Executive Chef at The Commons in Takapuna.
He comes to Lava having worked in Australia, Japan and France before moving to New
Zealand to take a role at Auckland’s award-winning fine dining restaurant, The French
South African-born, Honeyman has had a passion for inventive cooking from a young
age. At 18 he took off for Australia to pursue his dream of being a chef.
After finishing chef school in 2002, he worked as a Junior Sous Chef in Sydney’s
French-Japanese restaurant Galileo before moving to Bordeaux in France, where he
worked three summer seasons as Head Chef at Le Petit Leon.
Interspersed were stints at Paris’s three Michelin-starred restaurants L’Astrance and
L’Arpege before he returned to Sydney as Senior Chef de Partie at Becasse restaurant.
Honeyman joined The French Café in January 2009 before moving on to several head
chef roles in Auckland prior to The Commons.