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.
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.
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.
Cakes, breads, muffins, pies – these are the things that make up the world of Aishwarya. A mad practitioner of the baking sciences for two years and still refining his practice, his specialty lies primarily in the realm of custom desserts, excelling in creating edible works of art for birthdays, weddings, and all other events where memories magical are made! Might he be the one to make your wonderful occasion that much more beautiful? If so, you can be assured it’ll be in very good hands!
From Brazilian steakhouses to wharf side crabshacks, over the last five years, it’s hard to spot a spot that hasn’t gotten to know Andre’s bar tending talents! Not just a follower of the rule book either – with such a storied career already under his belt, all manner of unique and never before seen mixes may take shape, all of his own creative design. Like any good medium, one can say his knowledge of the spirits is truly superb. On top of that, with training also in waiting, running, and hosting, chances are you won’t just see him behind the bar, either – rather at your table with a smile and your order well in hand!
Meet the person destined to one day be responsible for designing how we all look in the future, Kaia! Fashion design may be a far cry from front of house work and commis chef-ery, but it’s that kind of drive and enthusiasm to succeed that we all appreciate here at Xenia! And when he’s not coming up with designs or helping out in the kitchen, he’s busy wearing out his drum sticks to some good old fashioned RnB! As a motley crew of music aficionados ourselves, that sort of talent is certainly welcome here!
Every workplace comes with its own set of perks, and when it comes to Sunny there are few that are better than the ones he brings! Feeling tired on the job? Strained a muscle lifting up that full keg? Or just have something at home that’s been weighing on your shoulders in more than just a mental sense? With licenses in multiple physiotherapy fields, Sunny is there to make the load that little bit lighter for you!
That is when he’s not tending to all the ice hockey players who get bumped around the rink on his days off!
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.
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.
Born in Oz, but soon relocating to New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula where, for some time, he had his first taste of hospitality in the form of working in a luxury lodge up on the hill nearby his house. Many simple and sunny days passed there, with many people coming and going, all showing him what different walks of life exist out there to be discovered. That is, when he wasn’t just stuck in the chiller, too busy counting up the wine bottles to come out and say hello!
Of course, though, the idyllic life in the countryside can’t last forever, and at eighteen, he found himself running off to university to study things ranging from history to pharmacology.
Still, though, the main attraction for him was always English, along with a generous bit of hospitality, and with a few good bumps along the way (up to and including cancer and brain surgery in the first six months!) came away with a degree and a nice gold ring to go along with it.
Well, as fortune would have it, what started out as a simple catering job running glasses and delivering orders for Xenia’s Oakroom quickly turned into something more akin to his real passion much sooner than expected. As word through the restaurant grapevine spread, he discovered himself atop the copywriting position he’d long dreamed of fulfilling, providing many marketing focused articles sent out to be read by fans of our little restaurant chain – including many of the profiles seen here if you couldn’t already tell! One part waiter, one part creator, it’s hard to see what we would do without Liam!
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.
Not everyone out there is content to settle down – to exist within one singular space and let a comfortable world pass on by. Some are wayfarers, who strive to explore and discover just how many things life has to offer. For Devesh, that sense of wanderlust comes in the form of knowledge. Whether it be the functionings of different industries, to new and exciting beverages, all the way to finding new places in the world to visit, he is out and about, ready to seek it! As of right now, that definition just so happens to be found working at Xenia, where his self-described “close in personality” and attention to tidy details shine the brightest!
Devesh is the newest member of 2 in our kitchen team, starting at the bottom with training as a Commis Chef, Devesh seems to be a natural.
What kind of drink suits you best on a Friday night? A bourbon on the rocks? How about the classic rum and coke? Maybe even something a bit more wild in the realm of fruity cocktails? Well, for whatever it is you’re thirsty for, as a tequila and beer aficionado straight out of Belgium, you can be sure that resident mixologist Yannick has something up his sleeve – or in his cabinet – to suit anybody! As quite the seasoned traveller of many worldly places to boot, you’ll also be in luck if it’s a story you want to go with it as well!
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.
Yet another spicy Keralite native, what Bevin enjoys most in life typically falls within the lines of travel, photography, travel photography, and travel photography while cruising down the less well known roads on a motorbike. Naturally, this passion eventually all culminated in a genuine love for people, not to mention a diploma in hospitality management, no less than level six. Now, with six more years of hospitality experience down and adding to it each and every day, one is assured that the role of manager is always managed whenever it comes time for him to be on duty – a fact most appreciated by whatever team he happens to be leading that day or night. For that, it would appear that India is just the country that just keeps on giving – and we are most happy to accept!
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.
Our original young and rising star, when he isn’t catching the waves of his surfboard, he’s joining the rest of his crew on the football pitch! Barely a year into his potential and aspiring hospitality career, with such an early start, he’s already proven to be a fan favourite among the front of house team, delivering snappy orders and keeping glasses going in and out on a tight schedule – not an easy feat while also juggling the usual schoolhouse blues we all have memories of!
Charlie has a dream of one being a surgeon, but no matter where he ends up, if he decides to stay and be a part of our close knit team for a long time, or to shoot for the stars with what he holds in his dreams, one thing is for certain. Charlie will always be a part of our cherished family.
They say if you want to get ahead, it’s best to start early. As our youngest hospitality entrepreneur earning his stripes at our fine establishment, that couldn’t be more true for Niqolai. He may be green, enjoying all the usual things people his age find fun, like football and gaming, but even so he already leaves a glowing impression on customers when he arrives with their food and drinks orders! Looking out for him, we’re overjoyed to be the ones who get to see such a hard-working trooper grow and learn!
When it comes to running a premier culinary establishment, one can never seem to have quite enough people manning the most important seat in the house – the front part!
Well, with a year and still counting well tucked away under his belt, it’s easy to see that Yeshua has truly taken on that responsibility alongside the best of them, and is only continuing to prove his resourcefulness and talent out in the field! Between baking and cooking at home, along with enjoying a round of football and a few laps at the pool, customers always arrive happy and leave even more satisfied any time he is on the clock! With how good everything he does is, Yeshua certainly goes some distance living up to his name!