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Sid Sahrawat, Chef & Owner

Sid Sahrawat is one of New Zealand's most exciting chefs, revered within the industry for his innovative and inspirational cooking. In 2009 he opened SIDART, his dream restaurant in Three Lamps, Ponsonby.

Passionate in his kitchen to the point of obsession, Sid has worked hard to make the SIDART experience accessible and personal for diners:“We aim to combine the precise technique and product knowledge of formal dining with a personal touch I'd like to think is uniquely SIDART."

Sid has won numerous accolades, he is the recipient of the 2018 Metro Peugeot Restaurant of the Year’s Best Chef award and Best Restauranteur (Sid and Chand Sahrawat, joint winners) as well as Cuisine magazine Good Food Guide's Chef of the year 2016 and The Lewisham Foundation's Outstanding restaurateur 2016.

Sophie Beaton, Restaurant Manager

Sophie has over 10 years experience in the hospitality industry. Originally from Lancashire in the UK, Sophie moved to New Zealand over 6 years ago hoping to learn more about New Zealand wine and cuisine. Settling in Central Otago she was able to expand her knowledge in the heart of wine country whilst operating a successful restaurant along side her Chef partner.

After moving to Auckland in 2016, Sophie worked at our sister restaurant Cassia before moving to Sidart.

“Hospitality is something I have always been passionate about from a young age after working within the family business from the age of 13. I am very lucky to come from a region in the UK where we have an abundance of amazing local produce so it was very exciting for me to move to New Zealand and see the diversity of produce here too.” 

Chef Lesley Chandra, Research & Development, Sidart & Cassia

Originally from Fiji Lesley moved to NZ in 2001 he went to Avondale college and then gained a diploma in cookery, At Hotel Chefs Training School. 

Lesley went on to work at Baduzzi for Ben Bayly for a year. In 2015 Lesley became the head chef at Cassia and helped Executive Chef Sid Sahrawat create its eclectic modern indian menu. After 2 years at Cassia Lesley and his partner Lucia travelled to the UK and Lesley worked as Junior Sous Chef at Typing Room in East London. NZ lured them back as the couple wanted to start their family in Auckland. Lesley is now the R & D chef at Sidart and Cassia his role involves working with new and exciting products, using them with Chefs to come up with new techniques and applying them to the menu. Outside of work his passions include, reading and eating out.

Chef Jason Kim, Head Chef

Originally from South Korea, Jason started his culinary career gaining experience at well-known Auckland establishments Jervois Steak House, Everybody’s, Euro and Clooney. Jason’s first foray into the Auckland dining scene was in 2001 when, as a fresh-faced 13-year-old, he migrated to New Zealand with his parents. The family opened a Korean restaurant in Birkenhead, on Auckland’s North Shore and the budding chef developed a taste for unique flavour combinations. 

Jason completed a Diploma in Culinary Arts from Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and in 2007 he started working with Chef Sid Sahrawat at The Grove. In 2011 Jason married his long-time partner Hani and returned to Korea. Jason worked in the South Korean Army and explored his own culture and it's cuisine before returning to NZ with his family.  In 2016, he reunited with Chef Sid to become Sous Chef at Sid and Chand Sahrawat’s contemporary Indian restaurant Cassia. Jason later re-joined Sidart as sous chef in January 2017.