Andi Bozhiqi - Executive Chef at Millbrook Resort
Albanian born Andi began his culinary journey in London as a Kitchen Hand at aged eighteen, working hard to move up the ranks it paid off and he was eventually able to perfect his skills in some of the finest Restaurants across the UK and Europe.
Nine years later, Andi and his wife settled on our shores, making Queenstown their home. He credits his inspiration for new dish ideas with running outdoors and being able to watch the seasons change; he has infused not only his heritage, but his passion for strong and seasonal flavours into every dish.
Andi leads Millbrook’s experienced and exceptional team of chef’s catering across a diverse range of Restaurants. With four consecutive New Zealand Beef and Lamb Excellence Awards to his name, Andi has raised the bar with his signature dishes including the popular Cardrona Merino Lamb and Prime Angus Beef Fillet. Andi was also named as one of NZ's top five Beef + Lamb Ambassador Chefs in 2016.
Andi Bozhiqi joins a line-up of four other very talented chefs who have reached an incredible standard of cookery. it has been exciting to have him on board as a Beef + Lamb New Zealand Ambassador Chef,” says Rod Slater, CEO, Beef + Lamb New Zealand.
Andi has always been focused on utilising the freshest of produce and is inspired by the landscape around him. This focus continues today, he credits much of his dish inspiration from the local Central Otago area, such as chestnuts, apricots, pears and wild berries, all of which grow down by the lakeside near his restaurant.
This inspiration can be seen in the Millhouse Restaurant’s signature dish – with Cardrona Merino Lamb sourced from the mountains surrounding the restaurant, who eat wild thyme and herbs which give the lamb its unique flavour. The meat is complimented by the rich flavour of local goat’s cheese foam and a fig beignet.
Read about Andi being selected as Beef + Lamb Ambassador 2016
Read about Andi's Beef + Lamb Degustation Dinner
View our sample menu from the Millhouse Restaurant