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About Us 2017-09-26T13:07:07+00:00

The BIG CHEESE, with more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry in New Zealand & around the world, Corey is now an established businessman who trains his staff to run all his establishments the “right” way, with true hospitality, which comes from the heart.

A qualified sommelier, he is passionate about beverages, service and delivering a positive experience to all our customers. He also has a reputation of being able to burn a salad, so stays well away from the cooking aspects of the kitchen.

Loves soccer and is an avid fan of Manchester United, coaches a couple of teams at Birkenhead United with his oldest son Prithvi & absolutely loves it. Corey has travelled extensively, which has made him very worldly and very entertaining with the numerous stories that he has to share from his experiences around the world. Iran, Myanmar, Georgia, The States, England, India, Afganistan & China just to name a few.

Having completed her degree in hospitality in Switzerland, many many years ago, Rohini has hospitality in her blood. Of Indian Origin it is cultural to be hospitable & treat your guests as king, as the saying goes. The training in Switzerland added & contributed finesse to the wealth of knowledge in hospitality that she already had. She completely related to the very Germanic way of doing things properly & is meticulous about having things done in a timely manner and with as much detail as possible. She is absolutely passionate about the industry and being able to deliver service and product that is second to none. She sees everyday as a learning experience with the team and our customers and laps it all up.

She loves sharing her knowledge and training the team. Zurich, Lucerne, Goa & Bangalore are to name a few places she has worked at. She is addicted to her work and loves cooking & entertaining when she is away from work.

A complete people pleaser, Manish is our Operations Manager. Having been part of The Oakroom family , which has now expanded to The Xenia Group, Manish is the company “Go To Man”. He knows all the ins and outs of the Operational aspects of the different outlets and is a favourite with all of our guests.

Manish started off in hospitality as a humble waiter and has worked his way up the ladder in the company and is well versed in all aspects of front and back of house responsibilities, so nobody can try to sneak anything past him…..

Manish loves to travel around with his family and friends when time permits.

Having worked in communication and client relations both in India and New Zealand, Vaishali is the newest of our recruits, in the position of Functions & Events Sales Supervisor. Passionate about our customers & giving them the best service possible, Vaishali is a stickler for detail which assists in the process of delivering fantastic events for which the company has built an amazing reputation over the years. She is a welcomed addition to our little family.

A total vegetarian, she likes to meet new people, make new friends, cooking and adventure sports, in her time away from work

After studying in Auckland and completing her level 7 in Business Management, Aman started working with us in the position of our Functions & Events Sales Assistant Manager. She has been with the company for over a year now  and has been getting involved in all aspects of the office in relation to Human Resources, basic book keeping & Office Management as well, just out of sheer interest.

Aman’s smile, gentle nature and inner strength are her greatest assets.

She loves cooking, reading and hanging out with her husband in her time away from work.

Dhimanshu, and ‘D’ in short, is our little soldier in the company. On the front lines at every event and on busy nights, he is our part timer, while he completes his education in Auckland. We hope to have him as our new Café supervisor once he completes his education. Passionate about great service he delivers all the precise promises that Vaishali puts together for any event.

D is lots of fun to work with as he is very efficient and quick. We love having him as part of our team.

D likes hanging out with his friends in his spare time.

Suban is our Group Head Chef, an amazing chef and human being. Very humble & always looking to do what makes for a better guest experience. Suban, originally comes from West Bengal in India, Suban has headed a few kitchens before we had the absolute privilege of getting him on board our team.

Suban has worked in a few places adding quite a bit of experience under his belt. As a leader he is patient and keen to part with his knowledge to train new and existing staff, bringing a wonderfully new and exciting dining experience to our customers.

Baikunth Nath Malik, is the first of our Group Sous Chefs. He comes from Odisa in India and is called BK within the company. Whatever the situation, BK is quick to please, being the best second in-charge of the kitchen that we could ever ask for. BK is always pleasant and with a big smile.

Working at The Oakroom and now progressing into a group profile, BK brings a lot of experience with him and has been a true asset to both Suban and the company as a whole. He is great support for the team as a whole and constantly looking to progress and improve the kitchen & food with Suban.

Prithvi, also affectionately known as PJ, is our IT Guru. Straight out of College, Prithvi is aspiring to be an aircraft Engineer & a Pilot. He has been part of the Air Force Cadets for the last 5 years and has worked up the ladder to be a Sergeant at the squadron. He has also won numerous awards of which his marksman ship badge is probably his most priced. He trains at the North Shore Aero Club and is waiting his turn to go to university to do his double degree in Avionics and Aviation.

He is passionate about IT and takes care of everything that is IT related for the company. He has also assisted in the fit out of the new café & wine bar, as it seems that he wants to get involved in everything that he can. Prithvi likes doing anything that is IT related, being the manager of the kiddies soccer team, with his dad being the coach, cooking & eating desserts in his spare time.