Kiwi celebrity chef Josh Emett (right) is understood to be planning a restaurant opening in Queenstown CBD’s Post Office Precinct this April.
The Waikato-raised Michelin-star chef confirmed his plans in the latest Herald on Sunday, but didn’t specify a venue.
Emett used to run UK celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s top restaurants in London, New York and Melbourne before the pair parted company.
“I have always been drawn to Queenstown and the place is at the top part of town,” Emett told the Sunday newspaper.
“It’s tucked away and nicely hard to find … a little bit funky, a bit New York neighbourhood, and fun.”
Herald on Sunday also reported Emett is planning to open his own restaurant in London.
A judge on TV’s MasterChef New Zealand last year, Emett’s often expressed an interest in opening a Queenstown restaurant, using local seasonal products to showcase the area.
Mountain Scene understands he’s targeting vacant premises in the Ngai Tahu Property-owned Post Office Precinct, behind the 1876 Bar & Restaurant.
It’s understood he’ll be seeking both resource and building consents.