Suban – Our head Chef, originally from Bengal but spent most of his working life in Bangalore – India, is the chef we’ve always wanted & now that we have him, we ain’t lettin’ him go! Suban has a fantastic feel for flavours that cross both Eastern & Western cuisine. Suban brings an easy going & relaxed attitude to his profession which makes him a great Team leader & mate. Suban has a family with a daughter and they are back home in India.
Manjit Singh – Our new Operations Manager who will be in-charge of all three outlets, is our new James Bond of the group. He brings a wealth of experience in setting up places, with an extensive background in the kitchen & a passion for beverages. Hailing from Bangalore – India, Manjit has a real passion for flavour, service & the industry. Manjit has a young family with a daughter.
Aman – Our office Manager also takes care of Human Resources. Originally from Punjab, Aman has made New Zealand her home with her husband. She also helps in the kitchen when busy & smashes out our freshly made pizza bases. She can now add this to her list of acumens
Isaac – Is our main man at The Millwater Bistro & Bar, alongside Suban. Isaaco (as he is affectionately known) originally from South Korea, calls New Zealand home and we are so happy we have him on our team Creating & executing great food in a very small kitchen he brings a real professional determination to the team.
Shyam – All the way from the Himalayas, Shyam calls Nepal home. Shyam has joined our team as one of the chefs in Suban’s team, where he will bring his culinary talents to your plate.
Ketaki – Kiks has just joined us our media savvy guru! Hailing from Maharastra in India originally, but brought up in Singapore, she has reached NZ in a roundabout way. She has an extensive Food & Beverage background in Function & Event Sales. Kiks has a young family with 2 very young kids. She is now here as part of the team to whip a storm!
Baburam – All the way from Bengal, India. Baburam has just joined our team and is the second latest addition to Subans team. Included in his list of hobbies cooking, so he’s gotta be good!
Zak – Is our local kiwi lad from Millwater. Zak is our kitchen back up wizard & occasional food runner as well when we get busy! He is a quiet yet determined young man and we love having him as part of the team.
Francisco – OLA! All the way over from Argentina, Francisco is currently studying in the health sector & hangs with us part time keeping service ticking over efficiently! He started off with us as a kitchen hand, was trained as a chef and now works in the Front of House & The Bar, as we love to seeing all our team members grown and be cross trained, thus not limiting them and their potential skills.
Shanelle – Was a newbie to Hospitality who has taken to this industry like a fish to water! With no experience we took her on and now she is flying and has gained knowledge of the floor, kitchen, and bar with great enthusiasm.
Yana – Was our baby of the family, Yana is 16 years young and is of Russian background. Yana looks after the front of house action & looks after our regulars with quick fire service and the well known Russian passion. She has recently been trained in the kitchen and admitted that it was very hard working in the kitchen but enjoyed every bit of it.
Robson – We enticed this beautiful man from the “Family Bar” and we absolutely do not regret it. In New Zealand from Brazil and a qualified lawyer in his country, Robson (pronounced HOBSON) has chosen to work in hospitality and loves it. Working in both Front of House & The Bar, he is the newest jewel in the Xenia Group crown – Absolutely delighted to have him on board
Jamie – From SA Jamie initially applied for a position in our company to be part of the events team. However being open to a different position and just keen to start working, Jamie is now our company Office Assistant in change of primarily HR. She has taken a shine to this and would like to develop her skills in the same. She is a self motivated staff member who is passionate about her job and ensure things are done to perfection, sometime to her detriment 😊
Doug – All the way from the USA, this young man is now our resident bartender/front of house staff member. Being passionate in all aspects of the Bar, Doug is being trained by Corey to manage and run the bar at Millwater Bistro & Bar
Jasmine – Studying to be a nurse, Jasmine works in a casual capacity at The Oakroom. She is pleasant and friendly and a good team player
Nathan – Still being in school (college) Nate, as he is lovingly known, is one of our few part timers and is a Front of house staff member. Although constantly reminded of having to find his voice, Nate always has a smile and works well with his team.
Regiane – Straight out of Brasil, this lovely young lady is the newest of our recruits in Xenia Group. She has a bit of hospitality background which made it quite easy to fit right in. She is well paced in her work, keen to learn and always with a smile. She is also quite easy to make laugh and loves learning new things. Robson is sure glad to have another Brazilian in the family 😊
Siaone – Beautiful Saione is Ro’s favourite. A student in the Special School in Wairau-Glenfield, Sai is a part timer and works on Tuesdays & Wednesdays at The Millwater Bistro & Bar with Ro as his Gotti. He is a keen young man who follows instructions making it quite easy to teach. He loves hospitality and is slowly building the confidence to speak and be of service to a few of our select customers, who are very welcoming of his service. We hope to have Sai on board and grown with the family.
Jenet – From Kerala this young lady is in Auckland studying IT. Jenet started as a part time kitchen hand on our team and is now working both in the kitchen and front of house. We love having Jenet as part of the team – always positive and with a smile.
Kanishka is a motivated, creative and a go getter, pleasure to have on board at Xenia comes from the cosmopolitan city of Pune India, he’s been a fantastic addition to the culinary team. With the added accomplishment of being a district level swimmer
Kimmy is key and valuable member of the dynamic Events & Marketing team. Having spent some time in Arizona in USA for her tertiary studies, we are super glad that Kimmy has decided to return to her roots in Auckland, New Zealand now that she is a part of the Xenia family! Her strong events and marketing background has made it an easy transition for her to slip into her role as Marketing & Functions Coordinator. Kimmy with her creative and artistic flair does a terrific job of managing and updating our social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram as well as providing a seamless service to clients hosting private events at our establishments 😊
We are so thrilled to have Suzy on board to complete the dynamic Events & Marketing team. Originally from New Zealand, Suzy did spend time aboard in London in particular. Through her adventures she has been exposed to various roles within the hospitality industry thus lending to her sharp knowledge in all things marketing and events. If you come across witty catchy phrases such as “Cut Carbs Tuesday” or “Wingsday Wednesday” while dining at one of our fabulous establishments, we have Suzy to thank for coming up with these in the first instance 😉 Suzy is in the same role as Kimmy as Marketing & Functions Coordinator looking after our website content – keeping it fresh and current, creating and managing e-newsletter marketing campaigns and also facilitating private events from start to finish.
Lovely Laura is from Nottingham England. She knew Friars Tuck and Robin of Sherwood very well 🤣🤣🤣 Having extensive experience in front of house both in England and New Zealand, she and her husband Andy, decided to put down roots in New Zealand and to start a family. She took a break from working after her boy was born and now back in the swing of things as a part timer, looking after our Breakfast and Lunch shifts on the weekends at the Millwater Bistro and Bar. We are very lucky to have her as part of our family.