The Langlands Hotel has a new executive chef who will take over the role later this month. Brazilian chef, Vandeilson Santi, will direct food creation across the hotel’s portfolio, including the new fusion establishment Meld.

“The executive chef role really appealed to me as it’s a combination of hotel kitchen operations and fusion cuisine, which I’m passionate about,” Santi said.  “I’m looking forward to collaborating with the team to create beautiful food and a fun dining experience for our guests.”

Having recently returned to New Zealand after working in his home country, Santi has a strong background of experience to offer. From working at Arbour Restaurant, Marlborough, and Cable Bay Vineyards, Waiheke Island, Santi also held the position of Corporate Executive Chef at Pontes Hotels and Resorts.

Bryan Townley, The Langlands’ current executive manager stepping down in late March, stated he was pleased with the quality of applicants for the position and equally delighted to appoint Santi to the role.

“Santi comes to us highly recommended,” Townley said. “We are thrilled to have someone with his varied experience on board to lead the team.”

Santi has worked around the world in renowned restaurants, with experience in well-known hotel brands such as Marriot and Millennium. 

Chris Ramsay, ILT’s Chief Executive, was thrilled with the appointment of Santi.

“We look forward to welcoming Santi to the ILT family and to him building on the excellent start that has been made,” Ramsay detailed.

Moving to Invercargill from Queenstown with his partner, Santi has yet to make plans to change the menu. However, hints of South American, Italian, Asian, and Spanish culture may make an appearance.

After opening for business in August 2022, The Langlands is a splash of luxury in the authentic southern culture of Murihiku. 

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