In Māori and Pacific cultures, the sharing of food in social gatherings was a symbol of caring and love. The flying fish (Te Maroro in Maori) travel as a family. The flying fish that travel and indulge as a family is what inspired Te Maroro, a restaurant created with social spaces and sharing plates to encourage connecting over food.
Veenal grew up in Sigatoka in the beautiful Fiji Islands, and it was there that he found his passion for cooking. He has been in the industry for 14 years. Veenal enjoys creating different types of dishes, tasting and refining menus with matched wines.
In Fiji, Veenal competed in a couple of culinary competitions in which he won; he then moved to New Zealand and worked in a few different hotels. However, working at Jet Park Hotel, Veenal states has been his greatest achievement; “If you are a chef, you always dream to become an Executive Chef.”
Veenal’s style of cooking is simple but full of flavour in the dish as a whole; “I believe it’s very important to give the customer the best dining experience, so they go home happy and feel it’s been excellent value for money.” His cooking techniques are in line with other chefs- he loves grilled foods, smokey flavours, and creating rustic dishes which is in demand currently.
Cristian Morales brings a wealth of experience to his role as Executive Sous Chef, having worked in the Hospitality industry for 15 years.
Originally from Chile in South America, Cristian says he inherited his passion for food from his mother; "She is the best cook in the world" (as you should say so! - Ed). This is the reason why he was inspired to study cuisine and turn his passion for food into a career.
It is evident that Cristian lives for cooking, as he states he loves to see that people are happy with his food (preparation) and wishes to one day travel around the world to learn about the traditional and inspirational dishes from all over the continents.
He also wants guests to know that Jet Park Hotel is the Best hotel in the area, and is proud of working with a great team of people.
Cristian also loves to spend time with his family, tending to his garden and has a love of technology in games and movies.