Executive Chef and Founder
At the heart of every home is a kitchen and at the heart of the Free Range Chef’s kitchen you’ll find our founder and Executive Chef, Stephen Weeks.
Stephen was destined to be a chef and realised his natural ability and skills with food at an early age. Over the last 30 years he has honed his passion through extensive worldwide experience and today invites you to love food and experience it through the Free Range Chef services.
Once qualified in the UK with a National Diploma and City and Guilds, Stephen spent several years working his way to senior levels in top Restaurants and Hotels around England. However, he soon caught the travel bug and his first adventure took him to the French Ski resort Les Menuires. By the end of the season he was hooked on travelling and learning about the varying global gastronomy.
This interest took him to France, Spain and Italy where he worked as a private chef for families in luxury villas. Stephen soon realised he enjoyed providing a more personal service and this led him to Mallorca, working in a luxury villa, where the guests included celebrities such as the famed, Sir Richard Branson.
Stephen’s culinary journey didn’t stop there. He was bound for the legendary South Pacific and after working in Asia, where he learnt about the food and culture, he arrived in New Zealand, and began working in the kitchens of a Five Star resort in the Marlborough Sounds.
Now, having spent the last 13 years living and working in New Zealand, Stephen puts his passion and vast knowledge and experience with food into the unique personal food service provided by Free Range Chef.