About Us

On 1 September 2015 partners Denis & Christine Callesen, Nick Duley & Jen Lowe took over the lease of the much loved  “Rusty”. All four partners have long food & beverage backgrounds.

“We are passionate about food & wine and we look forward to developing new menus using the freshest of ingredients the Far North has to offer – all the while maintaining the legendary service & realistic prices.”

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Jen is the public face of the Café as Café Manager. Nick is the chef who will change the face of food in Kerikeri, Denis is the lateral thinker, dishwasher & herb, jam/jelly/relish maker. Christine keeps the admin ticking over.

Denis has 45 years experience in the management of Resort Hotels in NZ & the Pacific with a strong Food & Beverage background and bias.

Christine has tremendous experience as a Mine Host & looking after the pastoral needs of young multi-cultural staff in isolated environments. She also has a speciality Retail background.

Jen started off selling home cooking to neighbours in her pre teen years, reached the top 50 of the inaugural NZ Masterchef and has worked in Food & Beverage for various cafes & the Hilton in Taupo.

Nick, with 25 years experience as a chef, is European trained and has also worked with Simon Gault for several years.

As two couples we worked together in Samoa in 2013 and that has forged a friendship leading to this business partnership at The Rusty Tractor Café.