A former Queenstown restaurateur killed on flight MH17
was returning from his honeymoon.
Belgian Benedict Chardome (51) was flying back to his home in
Bali, Indonesia, after a honeymoon in the United States and
Europe with his Malaysian husband Puput. The couple had
married in Antwerp in June.
Mr Chardome was one of 298 people who died when the Malaysian
Airlines flight crashed in eastern Ukraine on Thursday.
The popular restaurateur - he owned The Bathhouse restaurant
on Queenstown Bay - lived in New Zealand for a decade before
moving to Bali, where he had lived for the past six years.
Friends have paid tribute to Mr Chardome, who also owned
Brecon St restaurant Pasta Pasta and a Belgian beer cafe in
''It's come as quite a shock,'' Queenstown restaurateur Tony
''He was always ebullient, a glass-is-half-full person, and a
consummate professional at his job.
''He loved working front of house and was really good at it
... very good to his staff; they were loyal to him, and he
gave a start to quite a few of the newer restaurateurs in
town, who worked through the ranks at his restaurants.
''There'll be a lot of people in town affected by his
Mr Chardome was a member of international gastronomic society
Chaine des Rotisseurs.
''Ben was immensely proud of his membership,'' Mr Robertson
''He had a great passion for wines and food.''
Mr Chardome had been recalled for work in Bali and Puput
remained in Switzerland with friends.