The main man behind our incredible kitchen and delicious menu. You may recognise this face, but don’t be mistaken, it’s not his twin Freddie Ponder.
Originally from the UK, this is where Richard first found his passion for food and started his career as a chef, he then travelled to France, New Zealand and Australia to experience a different culinary journey, but soon found his way back to New Plymouth, where he and his kiwi wife live with their adorable five children! Some would ask, how does a man with a wife, five children and a whole kitchen to look after get any spare time, to which Richard would answer ‘it’s easy’ whilst heading to the beach for a surf! That’s why the team here at Novotel love him!
Richard is passionate about sustainable living not only at home, but in his kitchen. He has been changing the way the kitchen operates to coincide with this passion since starting here back in 2019.
Himself and his team have been working hard on the new menu, bringing fresh local produce, and organic ingredients where possible, to ensure delectable and consistent food each time.
Come and try our delicious new menu, or pop in and say hello if your driving past.
Don’t forget its Richard not Freddie
DDI: 06 769 9727