Martin Harrap has spent many years in Hospitality, since his Indentured Apprenticeship. He has always maintained learning can take place in everything you do. From early beginnings as a young apprentice through to his work in all front of house areas of the business. He moved though, his advanced exams to work in all aspects of cookery, from small restaurants, large establishments and out catering. Before moving to New Zealand, he was a Principal lecturer at a Catering college in the UK.
On bringing his skills to Auckland in 1988, he moved from the teaching field at two major polytechnics back into his executive chef’s position at a large theatre serving over two thousand people. His worked over the past twenty years has seen him work as a consultant for large and small operations, in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Niue, Rarotonga along with work on Cruise liners and work for the New Zealand Government. His own company has been asked to assist with both large and small operations in both back and front of house operations and he ran a successful restaurant for a number of years.
He was President of the National Chefs body the New Zealand Chefs Association and along with his organisational skills has managed the National Cookery competitions for ten years. He is also involved with WACS on the Committee for the Young Chefs Global Development Team.
Mentoring those hospitality who care, he is now based at the sunny and tranquil McLeod Bay, Whāngārei, Northland New Zealand, where he enjoys the peace and quiet by the sea as he reflects on life.