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Our Executive Chef

Inspired by his mother’s incredible cooking skills, Chef Chetan Pangam has always been passionate about food. Since he started his career, he prides himself on providing guests with an amazing experience they will always remember.

Chetan started his profession by working at some of India’s luxury hotels, The Oberoi, The Taj West End, and The Leela. During that time, he took the opportunity to gain valuable experience and hone his impeccable skills in the kitchen.

In 2002, Chetan decided to take a new challenge and moved to New Zealand. He has propelled the distinctive cuisine of his native India into New Zealand, and still endeavors by creating exciting and distinctive New Zealand and international dishes. He worked as a Chef de Partie and Jr Sous Chef at The Heritage Hotel in Auckland for 3 years. In 2005, Chetan joined Millennium Hotels & Resorts and has worked in various roles in 2 different hotel regions.

Chetan and his family now live in Wellington, where he currently works as Executive Chef for One80° Restaurant at Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay. His passion for food doesn’t stop in the kitchen. He is also the president of NZ Chefs Association in Wellington, where he shares his knowledge and passion to young and talented chefs.

Chetan believes in sourcing only the finest seasonal ingredients and freshest local market produce from boutique purveyors to create indigenous flavours of New Zealand with international tastes of the world. He prides himself at the dining experience that One80° Restaurant offers.

Our Team


Alexis Vienot


Ralston Guidera


Leonides Augustin


Our Executive Chef’s Awards and Achievements


Beef & Lamb Ambassador Chef 2024/2025

Ora king Salmon Ambassador Chef 2023/2024

Winner Of Garage Project Burger Wellington 2023


Beef & Lamb New Zealand Ambassador chef Finalist

Ora King Ambassador chef New Zealand

Ora King Salmon Best Dish New Zealand Finalist

2018/ 2019

Beef and lamb hall mark of excellence


Best Ora King salmon Ambassador –Chetan Pangam
Beef & Lamb Hallmark of Excellence

Finalist Best Ora King Salmon Dish New Zealand 2015
Finalist Best Ora King Salmon Ambassador 2015
Beef & Lamb Hallmark of Excellence 2015
Finalist Best Ora King Dish Salmon New Zealand 2014
Winner Spirit of Monteith’s Wild Food Challenge 2014
Beef & Lamb Hallmark of Excellence 2014
Winner Meadow Mushrooms Capital Grande Entrée 2013
National Semi-Finalist Spirit of Monteith’s Wild Food Challenge 2013
Beef & Lamb Hallmark of Excellence 2013
2006 – 2012
Beef & Lamb Hallmark of Excellence – 2006 until 2012
Winner Manawatu Hospitality Awards – Chef of the Year 2009
Finalist Manawatu Hospitality Awards – Hospitality Personality of the Year 2009
Finalist Manawatu Hospitality Awards – Restaurant of the Year 2009

Our Team’s Awards and Achievements


Alexis Vienot – Silver fern farms Emerging chef of the year Finalist


Beef & Lamb Hall mark of excellence
New Zealand vegetarian dish finalist – Fine dining dinner
Maxime gnozcak – Silver medal – chef of the capital
Liam Wilkie- Silver medal – Pasta dish
Ralston Guidera- Bronze – Brunch dish
Ashwin Vijaykumar – Silver Dilmah High tea
Wellington Culinary fare
Ora king salmon Main course – Clement Ponseel- gold medal
AE Prestons Lamb Main Course – Srimal Perera- Bronze Medal
Kyle Robert Page- Commis chef competed in hongkong at the Schools challenge and won best dessert 2017

2015 Wellington Culinary Fare
Maxine Gnozcak – Silver Medal – Yellow Brick Road Smart Seafood Open
Ashwin Vijay Kumar – Silver Medal – Plated Dessert
Emily Novak- Silver Medal – Dreamy Gateau
Kaylin Thompson- Bronze Medal – Heart Foundation Venison Entrée
Ralston Guidera- Silver Medal – Pork Big Breakfast Open
Liam Wilkie- Silver Medal – Trainee Soup

2014 Wellington Culinary Fare
Maxine Gnozcak – Silver Medal – Fish And Seafood Open
Matt Shuker- Beef Main Course Open
Kaylin Thompson- Silver Medal – Pasta Trainee
Ishan Singh- Bronze Medal – Salmon Open
Rahul Sagar- Silver Medal- Mushroom Soup Trainee
Ralston Guidera- Silver Medal – Pork Big Breakfast Open

2013 Wellington Culinary Fare
Graham Epplett – Bronze Medal – Beef Dish Open
Philip Doerr – Silver Medal – Fish Dish Open