Offering an exclusive private chef service throughout the Central Otago region


When you require a highly memorable and nothing short of DIVINE world class dining experience,  call on a Divine Dish for an exclusive private chef service. I am an expert in creating luxurious feasts for lovers of exquisite food that highlight the finest cuisine New Zealand has to offer utilising locally sourced ingredients and provisions.

I work with my clients to customise a personalised menu specific to their tastes and dietary requirements and will take care of everything from the meticulous planning, shopping and creation of your meal, through to perfect wine matches and luscious table settings. I will come onsite to cook and serve you the most DIVINE culinary experience. Your confidentiality is paramount to me and I work discreetly to ensure I do not intrude on your personal space, leaving you free to entertain your guests in privacy.

I specialise in catering for specific dietary requirements and allergies and create all DIVINE goodness from scratch with only the finest of provisions and absolutely no compromise on quality. Every ingredient is carefully hand selected by myself to ensure complete consistency and perfection of the product I deliver.

Specialising in

  • DIVINE degustation dinners –  each dish is perfectly matched with the finest wine Central Otago has to offer
  • DIVINE Cooking classes followed by a lush dinner party where you can enjoy your creations
  • DIVINE Sharing feasts perfect for social dining and family celebrations
  • DIVINE intimate dinners for two
  • DIVINE private wedding elopements

Our vision is to be the distinguished cuisine purveyors amongst those who appreciate quality and to always deliver the highest level of service with excellence.

A Divine Dish consistently creates and delivers incomparably DIVINE food with no compromise on quality. We listen to our clients needs to develop and perfect our products and are committed to providing ongoing and exceptional personalised service you will always come back for.

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Cooking Divine Goodness in the stunning Lake Hayes Homestead


Dear Jo,

We want to take a moment to personally thank you for the wonderful catered meal you provided our family and friends.  Between our finicky eaters and dietary restrictions, we were not an easy party, but you provided us with the most splendid culinary experience of our week-long stay in the Queenstown area.  

Each dish was better than the next, and the selections really highlighted the best of food and wine New Zealand has to offer.  The fact that you were single-handedly able to provide us with such a marvellous evening is incredible.

We cannot thank you enough and look forward to using you again should we return to Queenstown.

With warmest regards,
Howard & Lisa Salzberg



Private chef for a week


“We had spent 5 nights in a house that Jo served breakfast every morning and some group dinners. Maybe one thing about her that impressed us all was her working attitude.

At all the time she would try to provide a better services at guest’s request. Being alone, she had prepared 10 person dinner in good quality with local fresh produce.

When she is around, she is everywhere yet nowhere, quietly completing her task:) We thoroughly enjoyed her presence and warm personality. “




Elopement – Stella and Pedro


Jo was from start to finish amazing. Planning was made easy with everything taken care of from table decorations to wine matches. She was quick to reply and organise even with short notice.

The food was stunning, hands down the best catering I’ve ever had. Delightful flavours, fresh ingredients and good sized portions.

We were over the moon with the dinner. Would definitely recommend to anyone considering a world class dining experience in New Zealand.




Balakumar family air b&b testimonial


Our family had the divine pleasure of Jo’s warm personality and delicious homemade cooking during our holiday stay in Queenstown, NZ. In no exaggeration, she was a critical factor that made our trip and experience highly memorable.

From August 30 th – September 4 th she came in daily to prepare dinner for the same night and lunch for the following day. She always had a smile, had impeccable timing, was extremely professional, had a knack for being present without intruding on personal space and made our airbnb rental feel like our home away from home.

Jo is very flexible and caters to any and all needs seamlessly. For us she pre-planned a menu for the duration of our stay and submitted it to us in advance for our approval. Jo did all the shopping, was very mindful not to waste, prepared and served the meals and always cleaned up before she left.

She thoughtfully, and without being asked, came up with ideas to stimulate an interest in food making for my two young girls. And because one of our daughters has multiple food allergies she came up with amazingly delicious and creative meals that were safe and enjoyed by all.
Now, months later, we still think of and remember Jo so fondly.

We wish we could have brought her back home with us!!!  I can wholeheartedly say without any doubt that she will amaze even the most discerning client and be the best decision you ever made.

The world needs more Jo Keppels.

-the Balakumar Family