About The Sauce Kitchen
Jill Elliott and Gabrielle Lewis purchased The Sauce Kitchen in Christchurch, which was an espresso bar popular with the fashionistas, In May 2009 with a complete revamp they became the new hot spot on High Street and The Sauce Kitchen came to have a large and loyal following.
In December 2011 after the devastating Christchurch earthquakes, the premises on High Street were demolished. Despite this, the Sauce Kitchen lives on by providing catering to corporate clients in their workplaces and private clients in their home and other venues.
As of 2007 Gabrielle and Jill reopened the Duvauchelle Store on Banks Peninsula. They added a bar and bistro, a venue that became very popular with the locals and tourists for the great food and hospitality it offered. Jill and Gabrielle also held special events such as the monthly French and Spanish evenings, Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations, cocktail parties, and many more occasions. Gabrielle also brought her baking skills to Duvauchelle and made special Duvauchelle sourdough bread daily along with foccacia and brioche.
Between them Gabrielle and Jill have a long history in the hospitality industry. Prior to going into business, Gabrielle was a tutor in Hospitality and Cookery at The New Zealand School of Food and Wine for eight years. During this time she won a scholarship from the Restaurant Association to travel to Spain, Portugal and the U.K. She completed the Wine and Spirits Education Trust Advanced Certificate (London) and won the South Island Sommelier Award of the year. In addition, Gabrielle catered and ran events for Hays Restaurant from 1996 until 2006. Her popular evening cookery classes included finger food, pasta and bread making. She also taught barista classes and wine appreciation. Previously Gabrielle worked in various restaurants in Sydney and Christchurch.
Jill completed her catering training in Scotland in 1991 after which she expanded her horizons by working her way around the world and eventually settled in Christchurch in 1996. She worked primarily for Vivace Coffee. She came back to the hospitality industry with the opening of The Duvauchelle Store and Bistro in 2007.