About Josh Barlow
Josh Barlow is the Executive Chef of The Sugar Club, located on level 53 of the Sky Tower.
Josh has rich fine dining experience in Michelin star restaurants in London like The Bath Priory, Hibiscus by Claude Bosi and Fera at Claridge’s which notably was awarded a Michelin star within six months of opening.
After seven years abroad Josh returned to New Zealand in 2015 to make his mark on the restaurant scene here in Auckland. Barlow started as senior sous chef at The Grove and, in 2016, took over as head chef. During this time, The Grove retained its three hats and was named Best Fine Dining Restaurant in the 2017 Metro Restaurant of the Year awards. Josh took the helm of The Sugar Club in May 2018 and was awarded 2 hats in the Cuisine Good Food Awards after five months.
At just 30 years Josh has made an impact with his talent, focusing on seasonality and combining the best in local sustainably-sourced produce with the boldest flavours from around the world, making him one of the top chefs in Auckland right now.
About Stefano Baldin
Stefano has more than 16 years’ experience in the Hospitality industry all around the world. Originally from Italy, Stefano arrived in Auckland in September 2014 and landed his first role in the New Zealand Hospitality scene at acclaimed Auckland Restaurant Sidart. During Stefano’s time at Sidart, he passed both the Introductory and Certified Sommelier exams organised by the Court of Master Sommeliers in July 2015.
Following this success, Stefano was promoted to the Restaurant Manager and Sommelier at Sidart. In 2019, he brought his wealth of knowledge and experience to The Sugar Club as Restaurant Manager where he enjoys leading the front of house team to ensure every patron has a memorable experience.