El Mono Loco is a husband and wife team. We share the same passion for creating fresh, delicious, healthy food worth celebrating and we are proud to be based in the Bay of Plenty where our local produce is recognised for its exceptional quality.
Bridget has worked as a private chef on super yachts based around the Mediterranean for over 10 years. She learnt from a young age the importance of balancing flavours and using fresh, vibrant ingredients, to let the natural flavours of the food shine. Working on superyachts, she loved the experience of bringing quality, fresh and seasonal cuisine to the table every day.
Stelios grew up in Peru - which has now won the title of 'Culinary Destination of the World' three years in a row. When the couple decided to move back to Bridget's native New Zealand, they wanted to combine Bridget's chef talents with Stelios' Peruvian culture to create inspired Peruvian fusion street food that they now sell out of their food trailer at events like The Gourmet Night Market, Dinner in the Domain and Food Truck Friday.
Now El Mono Loco has grown to include catering for all types of events, both big and small, whether you're planning your wedding day, a corporate event, a pre-prepared home cooked meal, or a Christmas party at the beach with our food truck. But our focus on high quality, fresh food, prepared with passion. Supporting the community of local producers as much as we can, still lies at the heart of everything we do.
Together we look forward to making your culinary dreams come true, so please contact us any time to arrange a chat about your next catering requirements.
I grew up in a family of self-proclaimed foodies, and learnt from a young age the importance of balancing flavours. So when I had the opportunity to be a private chef aboard a superyacht, I felt completely at ease. I am completely self taught and constantly learning and improving my techniques and skills in the kitchen. I love to use fresh, vibrant ingredients and believe that you should let the natural flavours of the food shine. My passion lies in Asian fusion cuisine, however through my experience of working aboard superyachts I have developed the skills and confidence to be able to cook a wide variety cuisines.
Working on superyachts, I loved the experience of bringing quality, fresh and seasonal cuisine to the table every day. I can offer the same fine dining experience in the comfort of your own home as your private chef for your next party or special occasion. I can come to your home and prepare a gourmet menu including canapés and complete three-course meal for you and your guests. Enjoy the luxury of a no stress party and let me take care of the shopping, cooking and clean-up, so you can enjoy entertaining your guests. I can work out of any kitchen or can bring along the El Mono Loco Food Truck which is a complete kitchen on wheels.
I grew up in Peru which has now won the title of 'Culinary Destination of the World' three years in a row. When Bridget and I decided to move to New Zealand and establish a food trailer we realised there many Kiwis hadn't yet experienced quality Peruvian street food. Combining Bridget's private chef experience and my culinary background, we are very proud to offer quality Peruvian fusion cuisine with El Mono Loco.
Please contact us to discuss your catering requirements.