Celebrity Chef Stephen Paulger

Celebrity Chef

This Kiwi chef has made Brisbane his home for 22 years, feeding the powerful and wealthy as well as the homeless and needy.

If you mapped Stephen Paulger’s career it would come out as a mountain – the gradient impressively steep and regular, the view from the top unparalleled. As a recently graduated apprentice in 1982, Paulger found employment in the fine dining section of the Vacation/Ramada Hotel Group which took him from his native Christchurch to Queenstown and back again. With three years of hotel experience under his belt, he secured a position at the Carlton Crest Hotel in Brisbane, packed his bags, and headed across the straights. This move would prove to be the most important of his career. Over the subsequent 22 years Paulger would move and climb through the ranks, his repertoire expanding to include banquets, buffets, smorgasbords and a la carte dining.

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