Josh Emett



Guest Chef

Critically acclaimed chef, Josh Emett, came from humble beginnings growing up on a dairy farm in Ngahinapouri, just outside Hamilton, NZ. After studying to be a chef at Waikato Polytechnic he quickly progressed to fine dining restaurants in Auckland and Melbourne and then moved to London and worked for Gordon Ramsay for over 10 years, quickly becoming head chef at the world renowned Savoy Grill (1 Michelin star) before opening restaurants for Gordon Ramsay in New York (2 Michelin stars), Los Angeles (1 Michelin star) and Melbourne.

In 2011 Josh took on the role of judging Masterchef New Zealand making him a household name across New Zealand and continued on through 5 seasons of the hit show. In 2012 Josh returned to NZ and set up his first restaurant, Rātā in Queenstown, in 2013 he opened Ostro in the Britomart precinct of Auckland’s downtown area as food director. In 2014 he opened Madam Woo in Queenstown, a casual Malaysian restaurant, to huge success.  Seeing how popular this was he has gone on to open three more Madam Woos in Dunedin, Takapuna and just recently in Hamilton with Christchurch scheduled to open in early 2017.

He’s also quite the athlete, so don’t even think of doing a runner if he’s in the kitchen.