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Explore the Cuisine of our Executive Chef Yann Robert. Chef Robert aims to showcase the extraordinary produce of New Zealand in a golden explosion of flavours.

Thomas Barta - Executive Chef

Meet Thomas Barta as Our New Culinary Executive chef for Oro restaurant and The Carlin Hotel .

Thomas Grew Up in his family’s fish restaurant in Szeged , Hungary where He got his passion for food  from His chef -owner dad who has decided to send his son away to travel the world and  learn from the best chefs around the globe.

Having worked in Italy , Germany , UK and New Zealand his Cv includes working at The Culinary Heavy weight  Gordon Ramsay’s 1 Michelin star restaurant at Claridge’s in  London, Double tree by Hilton and The 5 Star Luxury Hotel Sanderson ,London.

After arriving to New Zealand with his wife in 2010 Thomas has worked at Roxy which was the best fine dining restaurant 2011 before he moved to  Soul bar the 1 hatted restaurant at the Viaduct. The next step in is career was the head chef role running the  busy kitchen at the famous Harbourside Ocean bar and grill where He was awarded with the prestigious chef hat at the Cuisine Good Food award.

Thomas recently worked as a  Multi Venue executive chef at Botswana Butchery Queenstown and  White and Wong’s Asian Fusion restaurant. Under his leadership Botswana Butchery was awarded with a chef hat and White and Wong’s won multiple awards as the best Asian restaurant.

In 2015 Thomas Barta won the best Ora King salmon dish New Zealand with his dish ”flavours of the sea”


We are thrilled to have Thomas on board to lead the  extraordinary culinary team at Oro restaurant to showcase the very  best ingredients  New Zealand has to offer’

Yann Robert – Executive Chef

Originally from France , Yann worked some of the best kitchens in Europe and New Zealand. Yann’s style of cooking is contemporary French fine dining with a touch of modern

Yann comes to us with an outstanding resume which includes having worked with Chef Davy Tissot the winner of Bocuse D’or 2021 , also Yann was second in charge at the famous 1 Michelin star Restaurant Le Relais de la Poste in La Wantzenau in France ,before he arrived to New Zealand to further polish his culinary skills.

After 4 years working as an executive sous chef at Amisfield the 3 hatted best restaurant in New Zealand, he will be showcasing his talent at Queenstown’s newest fine dining restaurant Oro.

Yann was recently awarded Outstanding Chef of the year and the Queenstown hospitality award and We just absolutely can’t wait to see his incredible dishes on the menu soon which surely will be the best dining experience in Queenstown to remember.

Restaurant Manager

The menu is changing with the season with each season focusing on the best quality seafood , meat and produce to celebrate.