Imperium Collection’s The Grille by Eichardt is welcoming two new additions to their highly skilled staff with the appointment of a new head chef and restaurant manager. Oliver Xie will take the reins as head chef, and Martial Passignat will lead the floor with his new role as restaurant manager.

Xie joins The Grille with over 15 years’ experience, having worked previously at Euro Bar, Oyster & Chop, Giraffe, Jervois Steak House and the Hilton’s FISH Restaurant to name a few. His modern flair will help guests to see Central Otago’s produce and flavour in a new light.

Passignat will head the front of house team and joins after working previously at Burgundy’s Michelin-starred Restaurant Le Charlemagne and La Willa Florentine in Lyon, as well as several other key tourism destinations across the globe.

“It’s important to keep evolving in the fast-paced food and beverage world, and we are very excited to have two new, highly skilled and passionate team members join our team,” explained James Cavanagh, Imperium Collection group manager. “Each will bring a fresh perspective to the restaurant.”

Martial Passignat

Oliver Xie