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Monique Fiso
Monique Fiso

KIWI-CHEF

Monique went to NYC for 7 years honing her skills as a sous chef in some of New York City's top kitchens. In 2016 she returned to New Zealand full time and began the pop-up dining series, Hiakai. Fiso has been widely credited for the resurgence of Hangi (maori earth oven) style cookery being practised all across New Zealand, and for being the catalyst for a new wave of chefs incorporating Maori ingredients, cooking techniques and customs into their menus.


HARD DATA

LOCATION

CURRENT POSITION

New Zealand

Owner/Director of Hiakai project

SOFT DATA

STRENGTHS

Māori cooking techniques Hot right now Michelin star training

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

EXPERIENCE

CUISINE STYLE

NZ EXPERIENCE

12 years

Māori

Yes

2018 NZ's Top 10 rising stars to watch in 2018
2017, Hiakai won the award for ‘Innovation in Maori Development’
2017 Finalist for “Supreme Innovation of the Year”, and “Start-Up Innovation of the Year”

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