Daniel Sherley

Daniel Sherley

At Rookie I have the opportunity to dictate the direction of the business, which in turn gives me freedom in the kitchen and in life.
Born:

Wollongong

History: 

Born and raised in Wollongong. After completing school, I washed dishes for Lorenzo (aka fat guy) at Lorenzo’s diner. Having always been interested in cooking, this was my opportunity to get a foot in the door. I worked at Lorenzo’s for 10 years and he taught me most of what I know.

How would you define your style? 

Contemporary Australian with a Thai influence; food that I like to eat.

What is your feature flavour these days? 

Our garden chillis and herbs have been growing really well over summer – I try to use these as much as I can.

Obsessive compulsive about? 

Fresh, good produce.

Your greatest culinary inspirations/influences:

Neil Perry and Thomas Keller.

What do you love about this business? 

At Rookie I have the opportunity to dictate the direction of the business, which in turn gives me freedom in the kitchen and in life.

An ingredient you can’t live without? 

Beef.

Signature dish: 

The menu changes pretty regularly and so far everyone has their own favourites, that is something we’ll hopefully find out in time.

Rookie Eatery

Rookie Eatery

Whether first time diner or seasoned regular, Rookie Eatery on Keira Street in Wollongong welcomes guests to a contemporary Asian fusion dining experience well worth remembering. Clean and casual, Rookie Eatery’s three rooms of whitewashed walls, crisp white tablecloths and refreshing interior, play in fitting contrast to a rugged historic housed exterior, suited for casual refined gatherings. Chef and owner Daniel Sherley presides over a vibrant menu resonating with fresh aromas and flavours. Tastebuds are taken on a journey through the likes of lamb and cumin dumplings, chiu chow and black vinegar, as well as duck Maryland, yuzu mustard, puffed quinoa, pickled kohlrabi and crisp nori; while for something heartier, delve into duck breast, black garlic puree, apple, amaranth and mirin.

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