Joel Bryant

Joel Bryant


Mount Isa, Queensland (brought up in Canada).


Trained in Sydney city at hotels and standalone restaurants. Travelled the world and worked from Fiji, to Canada, Japan and Bhutan. Moved to the GC 10 years ago. 

Have you always wanted to be a Chef?
Started 5 apprenticeships and cooking was the only one I enjoyed, as I still do today. 
How would you define your style?

Artistic, modern, seasonal, fresh and textural.

What is your feature flavour these days?

I am enjoying fermenting and pickling.

Obsessive-compulsive about?

Sharp clean knives. 

Your greatest culinary influence:
A chef in Sydney (Paul Merrony)  - just loved his fresh classical approach to food and flavours.  

What do you love about this business?

Ever-changing trends and produce.

An ingredient you can’t live without?

Pure maple syrup.

Most ‘eyebrow-raising’ menu item?

I once had a dish of sea snails in a coconut broth.  It was amazing but not so popular, but those that dared to try were blown away.

What do you think the past 12 months of COVID has taught restaurants and Chefs about their diners and the industry in general?

To be smart with what we do, not to take anything for granted, our industry is fragile. 

Tell us something no one knows about you?

I can’t swim.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

Not sure, but I guarantee I will still be cooking and am enjoying what I am doing, where ever that may be in the world.

Runway Restaurant & Bar

Runway Restaurant & Bar

Dine surrounded by the outdoor landscaped resort-style pool at Runway Restaurant & Bar on Terminal Drive in Bilinga. Located on the ground floor of Rydges Gold Coast Airport hotel, this beautifully presented restaurant opens up to an alfresco dining space, ideal for sunny GC days as you sip a cocktail poolside. Indoors has a light and air-filled vibe, with plush blue carpet, yellow wicker chairs and cane pendent lighting, while a ceiling feature resembles ocean waves found only five minutes away at the beachfront. From breakfast to dinner, the Mod Oz menu has something for all tastes with plates like spice-dusted calamari, garden salad, fries and aioli; or char-grilled chicken breast, gratin potato, asparagus and golden gravy sauce. Finish indulgently with chocolate fondant for dessert.

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