Cod & Lobster Brasserie was established by Nelson couple, Nick and Kymberly Widley, in 2015. With a passion for seafood, cocktails and quality dining, Nick and Kymberly were inspired to create a business that utilised fresh regional fare with a cosmopolitan twist, whilst also catering to a wide variety of people.
A Passion for seafood
Nick is a keen fisherman who began his chef training in the UK over ten years ago, he has a penchant for creating boundary-pushing cocktails and prefers to be front-of-house entertaining their guests.
Kymberly comes from a family whose legacy spans four generations of fishermen, her Father being one of the early cray fishers of Fiordland who went on to export live NZ Red Rock Lobster, Kymberly and Nick are meticulous with their attention to detail and share a passion for entertaining that comes together to create unforgettable experiences at Cod & Lobster.
The family still enjoy a seafaring lifestyle, which is why their passion for seafood is an integral part of the Cod & Lobster legacy.
A culture of innovation
Cod & Lobster Brasserie’s point of difference is underpinned by a skilled, experienced and passionate team who are encouraged to create innovative options that are normally aligned with larger cities.
Meet the team
Arriving in New Zealand from Canada to work and explore the country, Rebecca found Nelson and has since made it her home. Rebecca is an industry professional who believes that a customers exceptional experience is paramount and with this leaves no detail left to chance. Having worked in the industry both here and abroad for many years she is dedicated to her service and the opportunity to create events and occasions unforgettable for our guests.
Pete has become seemingly ubiquitous to Cod and Lobster Brasserie having been at the forefront since our opening. Originally coming to us as a highly experienced Barista, we soon recognized and harnessed Petes’ strong desire to learn everything there was to learn behind the bar. Nick relished the opportunity to share his knowledge and since the Cod & Lobster Cocktail crew have become an unstoppable force. Where Pete’s passion behind the bar lies with cocktails he is well versed in the many spirits and wine that we stock and is sure to be able share a few tales about them. Pete is a man of many talents, when he isn’t mixing the perfect drink you might find him training for an ultra marathon or even on stage or the silver screen.
From an early age Helen recognized her love for great food and the joy that it brings to others. Honing these skills at Weltec before heading overseas to work in kitchens through Europe and India where she developed a passion for both rich ethnic flavours as well as more elegant refined dishes. Before returning to New Zealand and choosing Nelson to be home. Having worked with Nick for many years it was a natural progression to lead the crew at Cod & Lobster Brasserie and as since, the kitchen has gone from strength to strength. A natural leader, Helen constantly motivates her team to get the best out of them and in doing this we see an evolving menu, changing with the season and leaning heavily on local produce.