Australian-born and trained, Saffron's owner-chef Pete Gawron has, with his wife Mel, run his outstanding restaurant for 10 years. During this time he has been honoured by both Conde Nast Traveller and Cuisine magazines. Pete is one of New Zealand's most dedicated chefs: every year in Saffron's brief off-season he travels overseas to further his cooking range. In 2007 he spent a week at a prestigious cooking school in Szechuan province, China, which rarely opens its doors to Westerners. In 2008 he will spend a month working with the legendary Heston Blumenthal at The Fat Duck, in Bray.