Tamara Johnson


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Tamara Johnson



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Tamara started her career as an Apprentice Chef at HIPGROUP establishments (Rosie, Takapuna Beach Cafe, Cafe on Kohi, Richmond Road Cafe, St Heliers Bay Cafe and Bistro and Provenance). She then competed in culinary competitions and took out the Apprentice of the Year Title in 2013.

She ventured to Orlando Florida for an internship at The Hyatt Regency Hotel. Tamara has worked in Michelin Restaurants in Stockholm and the United Kingdom and with top Chefs in New Zealand such as Des Harris, Josh Emett, Michael Dearth, Ben Bayley, Michael Meredith, Sid Sahrawat and Vaughan Mabee.

She has been Head Chef at Madam Woo in Takapuna and The Tasting Shed in Kumeu.

She has also worked on NZ Food TV Shows such as Masterchef, My Kitchen Rules, Snackmasters and Cooks on Fire.

Tamara continues to develop her skills in the industry with her connection to NZ Chefs Association and as a Team Leader for Thermomix NZ.

Why I love MIT

I love the facilities at MIT and the calibre of students that we attract. The lecturers are all industry relevant and have such passion for their subjects. It’s a great learning space for any who want to get a great qualification towards their career.

Memberships and affiliations

  • NZ Chefs Association. Thermomix NZ.