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.