Kirsty Wynn

Kirsty Wynn is a senior reporter at the Herald on Sunday.

Glamour vacancy opens at Hart mansion kitchen

Graeme and Robyn Hart's $22m mansion.
Graeme and Robyn Hart's $22m mansion.

Forget MasterChef - how about becoming chef for the master?

Billionaire businessman Graeme Hart is believed to be looking for an executive chef for his $22 million mansion in Auckland's Glendowie - with chef's own commercial-grade kitchen provided.

An advertisement in the Herald and on website Seek placed by Hart's property manager, Richard Kriletich, gives an insight into the workings of New Zealand's richest family.

An employment package is offered of a salary upward of $80,000 per year based on experience, plus a car.

The role includes planning, shopping and preparing "excellent quality food" for the family, with some weekend work and travel to holiday homes - thought to be the Harts' $16m pad at Church Bay on Waiheke Island and their $85 million 58m superyacht Ulysses.

The ad includes a long checklist for applicants including excellent hygiene; event catering experience; excellent presentation and culinary skills; flexibility for adapting to family requests; honesty; reliability; and a great personality.

Although only Hart and wife Robyn still live at the family home, their daughter Gretchen, her husband Duncan Hawkesby and their children live next door and are said to be frequent visitors - with access via a gate in the fence.

Both families are passionate supporters of children's charity The Starship Foundation and are known to host events at the family home.

Hart - New Zealand's richest man worth an estimated $8.8billion - worked as a tow-truck driver and panelbeater before making his fortune in packaging and investments.

Hart's current executive chef, Peter Yeo, is leaving his role after six years.

He wouldn't comment on his time with the family because they liked to "keep out of the limelight" and he respected that.

Yeo said he was leaving to work for a project management firm that dealt with commercial kitchens.

Hart could not be contacted.

- Herald on Sunday

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