History: I joined the Vue Grand
in October of 2008 after seventeen years experience in the industry.
I started my career as a full time student at a catering college in
Eventually I made my way to Head Chef in
I then received the opportunity to teach at the school I learnt at as a teenager in the same year and embarked on a new era earning a degree in education, winning cookery competitions with students and creating my own regional event, 'Food 4 Thought' in the year 2000.
I then found my way back into the kitchen in 2006 to open a new restaurant again, this time with celebrity chefs; The Tanner Brothers, in the historic Plymouth Gin Distillery built in 1789, and earned my first AA Rosette of my own.
After this I immigrated to
I then joined Vue Grand eighteen months later and have been passionate about installing an exciting seasonal menu; changing to meet the availability of produce in each season, with a dedication to using local high quality produce from around the region.
always wanted to be a Chef?
When I was at school, I wanted to be a fireman! I went to catering college to 'FILL IN' a year, and then fell in love with the job, and still do to this day.
would you define your style?
Classical European with a modern twist.
Things being done correctly!
greatest culinary inspirations?
August Escoffier, Marco Pierre White,
raising’ menu item?
Sardine and potato terrine, sauce gribiche, red chard and caviar.
Signature dish: I don't have a SIGNATURE dish, there are too many things I like to cook and eat to pick one. We offer a seasonal menu which changes frequently and we like to change the content of some dishes to accommodate that, but my favourite dish the moment is the Chocolate tasting plate which has FOUR miniature chocolate desserts all showcasing chocolate!
Built in 1881 right in the heart of Queenscliff, the Vue Grand is a stunning boutique hotel with all the grandeur, making for a truly spectacular experience. The Grand Dining Room is a breathtaking room with a 24ft high ceiling, chandeliers & antique furniture creating a beautifully intimate ambience.