Meet The Boss

Jude & Tiffany Messenger are the owners & operators of The Bistro

Jude has spent time in various demanding kitchens both here in New Zealand and abroad, including Taupo’s Huka Lodge, and was Head Chef at the award-winning Bach Restaurant. In the USA he was at the Multnomah Athletic Club, an exclusive members-only club in Portland Oregon, then on to Peter Gordon’s Sugar Club in London.

It was a cooking scholarship over 20 years ago that was to springboard Jude’s overseas work experience. This took him to the USA where he met Tiffany, then off to the UK. Now living back in Taupo New Zealand the couple has six children together, you may recognize the older ones washing dishes, serving tables in the restaurant, and making cocktails.

As well as cooking simple tasty food Jude is very passionate about coaching his son’s rugby teams, playing the drums, and tending to the family gardening. On occasion, you will even see him jump up to join a performer and play his hand drum. Above all family is what drives Jude and Tiffany and that is what keeps them grounded.

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