SEBASTIAN Hindrichs, of French Café, has taken the helm as Executive Chef at Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour’s Lava Dining restaurant. Hindrichs started out at the Michelin-starred restaurant Larchenhof in Cologne, Germany, and for the past seven years has headed up the kitchen at New Zealand’s highly regarded French Café.
“I’m thrilled to have recently launched the winter menu at Lava Dining to bring touches of my home in Germany in the form of my favourite dishes, such as the black forest gateau,” Hindrichs said.
Area General Manager of Sofitel New Zealand, Wouter de Graaf, said Hindrich’s recent experience will be an asset to Lava Dining. Driven by the cooler season and key seasonal and sustainable produce, a standout dish on the new menu is the seared scallops with anise, orange and liquorice. Lava Dining is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and provides room service for Sofitel guests.