New Chef Brings French Flair To Heritage Collection Marlborough Vintners Hotel, Blenheim

Born and raised in France, Chef Arnaud Mallet brings a fresh French flair to the Vintners Room Restaurant at Heritage Collection Marlborough Vintners, Blenheim.

Classically trained in French cuisine and with a background in fine restaurants in France, Arnaud has also travelled and cooked in the Caribbean and lately was based in Melbourne.

Arnaud started his career as a junior chef working at a family owned restaurant in Paris while studying towards his diploma in cookery and management. The desire to travel saw Arnaud work for a variety of restaurants and lodges around the world, but now Arnaud would like to call Marlborough home.

‘It’s a beautiful place to live and work. Marlborough has everything for a great outdoor lifestyle. The exciting part is to be able to source such fresh and interesting produce right on our doorstep in the hotel’s vegetable garden, orchard and olive grove,” says Arnaud. “The produce has a story and I want to tell that story on the plate.”

A keen hunter and gatherer, Arnaud is looking forward to utilising the great Marlborough ingredients the region is famous for to source his ingredients from.

With plenty of ideas up his sleeve, he will host a range of dining events including a seven-course chef’s table for every foodie to enjoy, plus, special event banquets for conferences and executive retreats.

Heritage Collection Marlborough Vintners Hotel, Blenheim is set on Rapaura Road and is surrounded by Marlborough’s internationally acclaimed vineyards.

The hotel consists of a main lodge which houses the Vintners Room Restaurant overlooking a tranquil rose garden, open daily, and the Barrel Hall function venue.

Heritage Collection Marlborough Vintners Hotel offers spacious self-contained one bedroom suites around the six-acre property to fully embrace the stunning vineyard setting.

The hotel is perfect for a weekend retreat to sample the gastronomic pleasures of this abundant region and can host conferences and weddings for up to 120 people.