Originally from Chile, Giulio has been living in New Zealand for 11 years. Quickly became established as one of the most relevant and influential chefs in the hospitality industry today, Giulio is also the founder and driving force of Eat New Zealand, a movement to promote New Zealand ingredients and their stories both domestically and overseas. A firm believer in the value of developing a better food system that celebrates the best ingredients out there while also representing the unique culture of the country, he has been pioneering and championing Kiwi cuisine for the past decade.Read More
Giulio was the chef and creator of Roots, an acclaimed restaurant in Lyttleton, just outside of Christchurch. There he focused on experimentation while researching foraging and integrating local produce, inspiring many across New Zealand. Open for over six years, Roots achieved many cuisine accolades and media features, including being named the only three-hatted restaurant outside of the Auckland CBD. In 2018, Giulio was named Chef of the Year.
As Giulio continues his endeavors in the kitchen, asserting his love for New Zealand ingredients as well as and a passion for its people across multiple projects, he also has launched his latest project in May 2020. Mapu Test Kitchen is hidden away in Lyttleton, an intimate space that seats just 6 people for private and bespoke dining experiences. Continuing his passion for experiential dining and experimental cuisine, Giulio seeks to merge kiwi flavors with international styles both at Mapu and around New Zealand in collaborations with other likeminded chefs and kitchens.