About Us

A winning combination

Founders, John and Debbie Pickens have over 18 years experience for discerning palates in private villas and aboard luxury yachts around the world, from the South of France to the Greek Isles, Manhattan to Miami and throughout the Caribbean Islands as well as various leading New Zealand restaurants. We strive always to use only the freshest, locally grown produce and finest imported ingredients prepared with care at an affordable cost and professional service and available to meet your dietary requirements. From the kitchen to the office, the Artisan team have one thing in common: passion for simple, innovative and delicious food. It’s this passion that drives us to deliver you outstanding food and events with personality, elegance and flair. Whether your next event is your perfect wedding, a corporate lunch, a lavish cocktail party or your own private chef and host for the evening, we have the expertise within our catering and event management team to create a flawless event for your special occasion.

John Pickens - Owner

John Pickens - Owner

John completed his Professional Cookery Certifications in Auckland then went on to work in large event catering and some of Auckland's top restaurants, Euro, Rocco and George gaining invaluable experience alongside New Zealand’s top chefs. From here he set off to feed his passion for the cuisine in the Mediterranean. Working as a private chef on luxury yachts cooking for rock stars to royalty saw him travelling further afield to the Caribbean and North America alongside his partner and wife Debbie.

John has refined his palate over the years and continues his passion for the flavours in Europe and South East Asia and enjoys using local ingredients individually sourced around New Zealand.

Debbie Pickens - Owner

Debbie Pickens - Owner - Debbie Pickens

Debbie is at the heart of Artisan and in charge of the service and the overseeing of events. She comes from a strong background in hospitality service and it’s with her friendly outgoing personality and organisational skills that saw her rise quickly to Chief stewardess in the luxury yacht industry.

Her ability to build an instant rapport with clients is a natural attribute of hers, which also comes from a background in sales and account management dealing with high profile clients within her years in the advertising industry. Debbie has a knack for engaging with not only the guests but also the team which results in a stable, loyal and committed team.

Her goal is to make certain that every event is delivered just as the client envisioned them!