Giulio Sturla

Something new is on its way...

2020 is the beginning of a new chapter in the life and career of celebrated Chilean-born Kiwi chef, Giulio Sturla. With the most exciting prospects and food projects on the horizon, we're excited to offer a variety of culinary events, collabs and dishes over the year both in New Zealand and overseas.

After the closure of his beloved Roots Restaurant in May of 2019, along with family separation, Giulio was hit with the profound realization that this was an opportunity to build something different with his life's work around food. Sparked by a desire to create something entirely fresh and new, Giulio is now on track following his dreams about sharing the powerful story of people and places through exceptional dining experiences.

Built on his experience working at Mugaritz in Spain, one of the best restaurants in the world, Giulio's desire to push the limits of what we can do with food has only grown. After seven years of running one of the most respected kitchens in New Zealand and winning numerous awards, from Chef of the Year in 2018 to running the only three-hatted restaurant outside of the Auckland CBD for three years in a row, Giulio is ready to take on his next challenge.


With this wild countryside on our doorstep, incredible untouched nature in our backyard, and unique flavours just about everywhere, New Zealand is definitely the best place in the world to eat. Giulio's vision is clear - to continue offering intimate food experiences that will reflect the incredible local ingredients and produce, using techniques to create a new frontier for expressing culinary creativity and freedom. 

Working alongside a network of sustainable and artisan producers, Giulio will continue his legacy of commitment for the environment and development of New Zealand food, culture and people

Follow the journey. Come hungry and curious.



Whether it's a special occasion for two, a family reunion or just a big celebration, food will always be that thing people always remember the most. Let's make it unforgettable. 

Giulio is available for private dining experiences that will take you places. 

After 20 years of cooking experience, we've learned there are always new ways to push boundaries. Food is collaborative and brings people together. Knowledge and sharing are what makes us better at what we do, especially in the kitchen.


Giulio is always open to creative projects and trying new things. From appearances as a guest chef at your favorite restaurant or venue to speaking opportunities to trialing something entirely new, we are all about experimentation and growth!

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Giulio's famous Pan de Yuca 

You know these treasures if you ever dined at Roots.

Good news, now one of our signature dishes is available to enjoy in the comfort of your own home (with as many as you like too) - Giulio's famous Pan de Yuca or cheesebread.

Made from two-year-old aged cheddar, Giulio's cheesebreads are a fantastic starter or snack to serve anytime and for any occasion. We make them fresh to order and are available starting with a dozen. Oh, and did we mention they're gluten-free?

We have always believed in working together to achieve success, and open dialogues often allow us to stumble on new and great ideas. If you share the same core values as us, we can discuss options for partnership or opportunities to spark great conversation around the future of food. 

Let's talk more. 

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Lyttelton, Christchurch 

New Zealand

Tel: +64 211 086070