Our Staff

We're blessed to have the most incredible staff that make our patrons feel so welcome.

Steve - Head Chef

Hailing from the UK, Executive Chef Steve Gardiner and his wife Kate, joined our kitchen team in 2007 and since then have created thousands of consistently decadent dishes for our patrons. Working in kitchens in France, England, Denmark, Cyprus, Australia and of course New Zealand, ignited a passion for fusion dishes show-casing different flavours from around the world. We have Steve to thank for being the MasterMind behind all of our favourite dishes and our ever-changing seasonal menus.

His skills have been recognised internationally and nationally. Prior to joining us at Terra Viva, Steve had won 3 Beef and Lamb gold plates and there are now two more gold plates hanging in our entry way thanks to Steve's efforts. His passion for all things foodie related was also the driving force behind Terra Viva being voted in as winner of the People's Choice Award for Christchurch in the 2015 Café of the Year Awards.

This guy sure does know how to cook!

 Vicky our Maitre'D

Vicky - Cafe Manager

Leading our team is Vicky our cafe manager, she has been working with us since 2011. Vicky graduated with a Diploma of Culinary Arts in 2002 and has worked in Christchurch restaurants as a chef/sous chef for 8 years. Vicky transitioned from kitchen to the front of house which has brought a working knowledge of running both sides of the business, this helps set the standard for service and in turn has made us one big team. Vicky is proud to lead our fabulous team of 14 wait staff.

 The ever talented Lucy

Lucy - Functions & Catering

Our Functions and Catering Co-Ordinator Lucy, has been with us since 2011. When she's not helping run the Front of House or cranking out coffees by the hundreds, Lucy is our go-to person for all things function and catering related.

Engagement parties, weddings, catering for a business lunch, or morning tea, no matter whether you're looking to organise an after-hours event at your place or ours, be sure to contact Lucy to discuss all the options that we have available for you.

 The wonderful Jess

Jess - Retail Buyer

Jess has been working with us since 2012 not only does she assist with running the Cafe and serves up consistently great coffee, but she also has the enviable job of selecting and purchasing all of the scrumptious retail products that we stock in the Cafe. She searches the country far and wide and is constantly on the look out for new products to showcase to our customers.