Kate Fay

Kate Fay



Kate Fay is one of New Zealand’s most renowned chefs. She headed up the kitchen team at the iconic, Cibo Parnell, for 23 years and picked up many Beef + Lamb Excellence Awards and Ambassador titles along the way. In 2018 she was awarded the prestigious title of Platinum Ambassador Chef – a lifetime accolade presented by Beef + Lamb New Zealand - and is the first female chef to hold this title.

Kate’s career began after she spent time cooking while on a kibbutz in Israel during her OE. When she returned to New Zealand she trained as a chef at what is now AUT. Kate says she was the only woman in the class, but this didn’t hold her back from becoming one of New Zealand’s most celebrated chefs.

In the early 1990s, Kate worked alongside Annie Mantell as head chefs at the French Café. She continued on at The French Cafe under Connie Clarkson’s ownership as head chef and says this was an invaluable time in developing her Asian palate.

She then joined Cibo in 1999 which coincided with the first time she was named a Beef + Lamb Ambassador Chef. Over time her cooking style evolved through her extensive travels allowing her to bring to the plate an amazing blend of Asian and European tastes, colours, flavours, and textures.

At Cibo, Kate created menus inspired by high-quality, accessible New Zealand ingredients. She created casual yet refined cuisine capturing the essence of primary ingredients and using combinations that enhanced and highlighted fresh seasonal produce.

In March 2022, Kate took up a new role as Development and Production Head Chef at Auckland-based fine food store, Sabato. Kate uses her extensive chef knowledge in her new role to create new ready-to-eat products and is enjoying the challenge and a new 9 to 5 routine.

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Recipes by Kate Fay


45 mins prep |

2 hrs 30 mins cook

Brussels Sprout Waldorf Salad with Lamb Bacon, Apples, and Pecorino


30 mins prep |

2 hrs 15 mins cook

Homemade Lamb Bacon


1 hrs prep |

2 hrs 30 mins cook

Sticky Glazed Spiced Lamb Ribs with a Cucumber and Pear Salad


20 mins prep |

2 hrs cook

Air Fryer Lamb Ribs