Rohini & Corey
Rohini & Corey
To start off the introductions to the Executive Team, we have Rohini Jacob & Corey Stevens who head the Xenia Group. Both Rohini and Corey are veterans of the hospitality industry. With over 50 years of experience and knowledge of the industry between them, they have similar ways of running their business and managing their team. Both believe in leading by example and we never see them behind closed doors sitting at a desk. Instead, they are on the floor assisting the waitstaff and chatting with our guests, lending to an amazing hospitality experience. They are a very customer focused couple which is what they instil in their staff to focus.
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.
Xenia’s resident sales and marketing manager – from advertising our businesses, putting long term and ongoing bookings and events in their perfect places, if you’ve seen anything from us, odds are the master of mass appeal, Ketaki, is somewhere behind the keys!
However, don’t let such a secretive, behind the scenes outlook deceive you – she also has a homely and down to Earth side to her as well. Like her dab hand at cooking for her family, ours as well as her own, and with a more than fascinating, five years of experience practicing Brazillian Jiu Jitsu, it’s fair to say everyone who’s friends with her is in very safe hands.
Of course, being best chums with the big boss herself for more than fifteen years as well means she’s also got a whole lot of experience together planning out everyone’s next shindig!
Any way you look at it, we’d all be lost if it wasn’t for Ketaki!
When it comes to managers, everyone’s got their style. From the cool and hip who’s always down to make every day’s work a party, to the no-nonsense, work hard first, and play hard later, who everyone pays close attention to for a touch of serious guidance.
So, what category does our good friend Adam fit into, then? Is he a strictly on topic or play it loose kind of guy? While everyone may or may not have their own take coming away from him, it’s our (strictly scientific and unbiased) findings that lead us to the conclusion of meeting dead on that sweet spot somewhere in the middle.
And how can we be wrong? With over fifteen years in the industry with multiple skills tucked away ranging from houses, back and front of – whether he’s dishing out the humour or serving up some much needed tough love – it’s reasonable to assume this eccentric gentleman has just what everybody needs at the right time and the right place. Always ready to descend down from on high at the expense of getting his own hands dirty alongside any of the other team members as well, when he’s on overwatch it never fails to be night in good hands.
Not everyone can pull double duty in a realm so hectic as the hospitality industry. Between the entertainment and satisfying of customers, to the ever-piling-up of plates in the kitchen, being proficient in juggling those two sides of the coin, many would find the endeavour to be too much to handle.
Fortunately for Xenia, however, discovering Alex proved to be the very piece we needed, as he jumps to and from front of house to back of house – switching identities as either the face of the business or as kitchen hand making sure food and everything else comes out sparkling.
Still, not satisfied to remain within a restaurant all day and night, his taste for the outdoors on off hours gives him a definitive perspective, always adventuring out with his mates to all manner of remote locales as part of the tramping and outdoor club at his University, where he also aspires to become one with engineering.
While also pulling double duty at a second of our restaurants, it’s fair to say he has quite a few hands full, and not just with plates.
Another career and game changer within the Xenia ranks, Baburam Santra once took on the challenge of hotel management, obtaining a degree following three years of diligent study. Since then, after 2010, nine years of service in both the continental and oriental have hardened him into an expert in the field.
However, as they say, the grass is always greener on the other side, and eventually hotels didn’t quite sate the appetite of this one from West Bengal. These days, he finds fulfilment serving as another of Xenia’s much appreciated Chef de Partie’s, with challenge and the ever ongoing pursuit of improvement being two of his main motivators in the business. A fitting line of work that suits an already cooking inspired individual such as himself.
India is the nation which keeps on giving, and again we must give thanks for it bringing us our very own Bikramjit Singh, and while no restaurant can function without every piece in place, chefs like him you can easily argue are the key ingredient in making them shine.
And what a repertoire this chef has. With over five years’ experience in the industry and personal experimentation in order to go further, it’s only a simple matter of seeing for yourself what he can do to know he has the right stuff when it comes to cooking. Savoury: you’ve got it. Delectable: easy peasy. Spicy: do you even need to ask?
Do net-based sports and customer service hold anything in common with one another? Some intrinsic aptitude, where if one side is honed, the other likewise flourishes. Well, our Front of House specialist, Caitlyn, seems to believe so – and as a family, we’d like to agree with her.
After all, both are team oriented in their goals, cooperation centric, and above all, undertaken with the goal of a fun environment in mind, something which she does her best, each and every day, to provide! Not just towards customers, but to everyone around her!
Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that she’s a qualified lifeguard and coach as well! And although we doubt, you’ll be needing her help to save you from drowning in your – no doubt delectable soup – you can be certain that, no matter who you might be, Caitlyn will know just how to communicate.
In the hospitality business, one gets the chance to meet many people from further afield, both in clientele and partners in culinary crime. To this, Hien is no exception’
Hailing from Vietnam, Hien was once our humble hand in the kitchen, working side by side there with her husband on off days. However, as chance would have it amongst a one-of-a-kind meeting, it was revealed that not only was she quite the oven and cooktop warrior, she also, in days past, possessed more than her share of Human Resources expertise. With that newfound revelation, it wasn’t long before she became our own resident HR, admin, and office assistant superstar.
With a grateful heart, passion for people, and an all-around dedication for finding the right person for the right job, reuniting with her once cherished profession has led her to help write for Xenia a truly beautiful story.
Young blood is becoming a hard thing to find amongst the job industry, what with just about every establishment wanting five years’ experience in a profession that is only existed for three. Fortunately, exemplifying opportunity, and the willingness to take it, there’s Jack Wright.
Front of house and up front about it, this fried chicken enthusiast is here to take your order and dish it right back with a smile. Are gaining new experiences his primary provocator? Definitely. Is getting paid for it also up there in priorities? Maaaaybe~ Whichever it is at least, he’s sure to give it all he’s got, to make sure you’re happy as well.
And if it helps feed his computer hobby, then we guess that makes everyone else happy as well!
Life is a funny sort of thing with its twists and turns, one which doesn’t always take you exactly where you first intended. For better or for worse, opportunities are everywhere, and all you can really hope to do is take hold of them while you can.
And that’s where Jackson comes in. Confessing himself as rather new to our city, his first foray into the world of education took him into Wintec Hamilton, where he put his hands down to the grindstone at Wintec Hamilton, completing a graduate diploma in operations and production.
Not content to remain in one place however, once he had his achievement in hand, he put it to work ensuring the prestigious BP company, who helps keep your car topped up and running, had its customer service representative. On the line and always ready to lend a hand to any in need, his time there along with a followup position in StatNZ prepared him well for a hospitality job.
These days, when he isn’t making his own videos and playing cricket on the beach, he’s enjoying a slower pace of life as Millwater’s resident food and beverage attendant. After such a journey to find a place with us, we’re lucky fortune worked out to bring him here.
Once quite the newbie to the hospitality sector, with not much of a lick of experience on the open field, Jenet lately stands as a testament to the value of hard work and perseverance.
While regularly offering her previous, welcome experience on many days to the Front of House team, as time has gone on, this lady from Kerala, India, has seen her repertoire expand dramatically as time has gone on. From Kitchen hand prepping the meals everyone enjoys, to Office Assistant sorting schedules and other such paperwork, these days the next mountain of responsibility up to her is now Front of House Supervisor – all in just the space of a year!
Cold hard organization aside, however, Jenet is still, nevertheless, a joy to have amongst our team and on our floor, offering humour and support to any who need it – something which only shines the brighter when faced with a tough and busy night helping our patrons.
Every good business needs its books kept tidy and proper, making sure every nickel and dime, dollar and cent is tallied up and accounted for – and for that job we have Kiran.
Studying out of the Manukau Institute of Technology for seven years, it is a reassurance to have such a talent unlocked in a place so close to home. With a level seven degree, he always ensures our business stays on the up and up, while also keeping any losses stemmed within short order. Under Kiran’s watchful eye, we can be sure that each of our establishments will remain humming along smoothly for many more years to come.
Many places have known the steady hand of the culinary guru that is Meet Shah. Growing up in Gujarat, the Indian lifestyle couldn’t hold him for too long, going on to study Business Management in Auckland’s own titular university.
However, along the way, a new passion unexpectedly took hold of Meet – the Hospitality Industry. Hence, he began the long journey towards the role he holds now at Xenia, by enrolling in Front of House staff at Alexandra Park, while simultaneously rounding out his Back of House expertise following a cookery course on offer by NSIA.
After enduring what was certainly many sleepless nights toiling away to become the very best in the business, like that original and sudden revelation once guided, Meet now finds himself as the respectable Chef De Partie of Xenia Group, lending his well-earned knowledge and guidance to everyone working at our restaurants. He might look all business up front, but behind all of that is someone all of us can rely on.
Another front of house superstar, and this time it’s exclusively for our Bistro at Millwater. As such, for Mia, the standard responsibilities arise in greeting, serving, and otherwise making sure everyone coming in feels welcome, apply. However, as with every FOH, Mia here has her own story, and therefore, a unique and special way of going about it that no one else does.
For instance, how it was she found her way into our humble little business.
Where most would perhaps go through the typical job-hunting process, Mia possesses much more of a familial tie – coming to us on a regular basis whenever it was time for a special lunch or evening outing. For that reason, it was only a matter of time before it landed her with a position. And with already so much prior experience with how things are done with us as a family. Couple that with a creative passion for art and dance, and dreams of pursuing a future in Med school, it’s fair to say she now feels right at home.
A rapidly rising star within Xenia, Nathan – or Nate, as he’s more commonly known to friends, family and, the co-workers who are all three – counts himself among the few capable of pulling multiple duties for us at his Oakroom home. Front of house, bar-backing, bartending, and all around watching out for all the newbies coming through, Nate is nothing short of a seriously hard worker – even if from time to time that lands him in trouble with the big boss herself, going a little too out of the way to chat at his own expense.
And all that from a part-timer! Sure, sometimes school life means he is somewhat the rare sight to see around the weekdays, but that only means that when he is here, things are sure to pick up.
Hailing from Mumbai, Rahul is another one among us already with pedigree in the food, beverage, and overall customer relations, where he once spent his days earning stars entertaining and making coffees in a well-known cafe (whose identity shall apparently remain nameless) that is currently not too far away from where he once again plays supervisor for us!
And when he isn’t putting those skills to work behind the bar with customers, or helping his fellow workmates figure out at times just what it is that needs doing, he’s looking out for everyone, making sure those late night clean-ups are done right, safe, and with a good bit of humorous conversation to make it so the hours fly by quick!
He may be a relatively new addition, but it’s fair to say his mark is already being felt and appreciated by everyone around him!
Xenia has no shortage when it comes to its many front of house members. Even so, none are anything close to being called dispensable, and so too is the case for Rowanne.
A quiet and friendly soul, when she isn’t serving customers and doing her part yo make sure neither the food coming out or the dishes coming in pile up, Rowanne of the Philippines leans more in the direction of a creative. Between burying herself in a pile of books and binge-watching cheesy Asian-drama’s, she busies her time with an aspiration to become a visual artist, creating artwork in both paint and pencil. What new masterpiece will she create one day? Only time will tell, and us at Xenia are happy to be there while that dream comes true.
Some people in life simply can never be satisfied with just one thing – some simply want to do it all and have fun living it!
Enter Saione, pastime extraordinaire! You name it, odds are he is down to discover it, whether it be sports like snowboarding, swimming, or badminton, tending to animals like her dog Oscar with long walks on the beach, or less outdoorsy things like games and – everyone’s favourite – sampling all sorts of yummy foods.
Such a vivid experience of the world, and still, there’s time to indulge her true passion in hospitality, while also contending with a big brother and a little sister, not to mention school and an eye for college one day! With such a broad array of talents, it’s no surprise she would fit right in with everyone here at the Xenia family!
Even though their job might be a little unseen by those coming in, just like front of house, back of house also needs its stars – to keep the food coming out and dishes cycling round.
Luckily for us, Tenieke Botha has all that covered and more.
A family man, all around social curator among his friends, and – when he eventually does manage to go home and get time outside the kitchen – avid netball enthusiast, it’s easy to see that the word teamwork runs through his every fiber.
So when that well-crafted dessert makes its way punctually to your plate with a cherry on top, spare a thought for the ones who make it happen. After all, wherever we go, we all owe a lot more than we often realize to those working behind the scenes.