Our Chefs

The Seafood School has a fabulous core team of chefs.  Their combined skill and knowledge is incredible and they create new seafood recipes each month to share with us in the cooking classes.  We also enjoy inviting guest chefs in to share their travel stories and wonderful international seafood recipes.

Paulie Hooton

The Seafood School’s head chef, Paulie Hooton, has more than 25 years’ experience working in some of New Zealand’s most iconic restaurants. Before joining the Seafood School in 2017, he was Head Chef at the award winning The Oyster Inn on Waiheke Island.

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Adam Rickett

Adam started with Nourish group at Euro and Pravda a few years ago and re-joins the company having worked on Waiheke Island at The Boat Shed for the past year and prior to that at The Matterhorn in Wellington as head chef. Adam looks to work with the seasons to create interesting technique-driven cuisine. He draws from multiple regional styles and brings a real buzz of passion and excitement to th

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John Campbell

John Campbell trained in New Zealand before travelling to Sydney and through Asia, surfing whenever there were waves. He landed in London and worked in restaurants and hotels while gaining a certificate in Advanced Cookery at Westminster Catering College.

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Mark Dronjak

Mark has 30 years experience in hospitality as a chef with a freestyle approach to cooking. A devotee of the great seafood New Zealand has to offer his passionate teaching styles allows Mark to focus on the very best of seasonal produce combining flavour, texture, presentation and encouraging a visual appeal through presentation techniques.

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Our Guest Chefs

Adam Rickett

Adam started with Nourish group at Euro and Pravda a few years ago and re-joins the company having worked on Waiheke Island at The Boat Shed for the past year and prior to that at The Matterhorn in Wellington as head chef. Adam looks to work with the seasons to create interesting technique-driven cuisine. He draws from multiple regional styles and brings a real buzz of passion and excitement to th

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Jamie Johnston

Jamie hails from Kent in the United Kingdom. Also known as "The garden of England", known for it's great produce. Jamie moved to Aotearoa 10 years ago and fell in love with the people, lifestyle, amazing produce and kai moana. Jamie has 20 years cooking under his belt. His first job was at Buckingham palace during his culinary school days. Since then he has worked with some of NZ's big guns. These

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