Top Lorthae

Executive Chef

Top grew up in a rural town of Thailand and has been taught how to cook from a young age by his grandma. Before he knew it, cooking became a career that he is very passionate about. Rustic Asian street food is his pride and roots, and European cuisine is his passion and adventure.

Top gained his formal training after arriving New Zealand in 2000 working alongside a renowned chef at White Restaurant in Hilton Auckland.

He then went on his OE to Sydney, Australia, where he has furthered his career at Glass Brasserie at Hilton Sydney working with Michelin starred Australian restaurateurs as well as a few other large establishments including 360 Bar and Dining on Sydney Tower.

After travelling a bit around Europe, he returned to New Zealand and joined a Relais & Chateaux hotel – Mollies Boutique Hotel in Herne Bay. His adventure then continued to well-known restaurants such as Sails Restaurant and Ostro Brasserie & Bar. He worked as a senior Sous Chef at Ostro for 3.5 years before joining the team at Beast & Butterflies at M Social Auckland.

Top is very excited to be able to get back to his Asian cuisine roots, joining Beast and Butterflies, and continuing his food adventure.