SCOTT & EMILY STEVENS - OWNERS & DIRECTORS
Scott and Emily live locally in Arrowtown, with two girls under 5 attending the local preschool. They love the amazing tight knit community, the entrepreneurial spirit of its inhabitants and of course the stunning natural surroundings, being keen snowboarders in the winter and caravanning in the summer. Their daughters are discerning fluffy consumers and can attest to the high quality of the ones at The Dishery!
Scott & Emily have operated a hospitality business at the Dudley's Cottage Precinct since 2010 with the aim of preserving this stunning piece of historic Arrowtown, opening it up for more people to enjoy and to build a lasting legacy for their daughters and their descendents. They are now excited to bring you The Dishery Bistro - created from their experience of what they love about restaurants they have visited in New Zealand, New York, Dubai and London.
Scott has a 20 year+ history owning and running hospitality businesses in the Queenstown area, starting with his first bar in his 20s and now owning Tanoshi & Tanoshi Iko Restaurants in Queenstown. He is also a founding shareholder in Good Group Hospitality (Queenstown and Auckland) which includes restaurants Botswana Butchery, White & Wongs and Harbourside.
AINSLEY ROSE THOMPSON - EXECUTIVE CHEF
Ainsley (@rosecooks) is our Executive Chef, aka Creator of The Dishes. She began cooking at the iconic Matterhorn in Wellington and developed a fire in her soul for cookery. Refining her skills at the French Cafe in Auckland, Ainsley then moved to Hapuku Lodge in Kaikoura - a place which offered her the opportunity to travel to and cook in San Francisco where she found her own laid back and healthful style.
After time at Floriditas in Wellington, Ainsley was asked to move south to open the Sherwood restaurant in Queenstown. A new experiment in community and sustainability. She was head chef there for two years before having her first child and returned as executive chef before having her second child.
"My favourite things about Queenstown are the landscape and seasons!"
We are so privileged to have Ainsley leading our kitchen team and dreaming up amazing creations for you to enjoy!