I began my apprenticeship in Byron Bay at Fresh Restaurant. After completing it, I relocated to Brisbane and worked my way to Sous Chef of Jam Jar in West End, under Asher Blackford.
After completing my stint at Jam Jar, I moved on and worked for the Moubment Group (Gerard’s Bistro, Lychee Lounge and Hatch & Co).
I then went on to be the Head Chef of Deer Duck Bistro in Auchenflower before I took some time to go travelling throughout South East Asia. After returning to Australia, I worked as the Sous Chef of one of Australia’s most respected venues, Restaurant Two, working under Chef, David Pugh. After this, I decided to head back over to South East Asia and do some more travelling.
When I returned back to Australia again, I took on the Head Chef position at Restaurant Two from 2016 until the end of 2017.
Have you always wanted to be a Chef?
Being in the kitchen and around food has always been my first love. I haven’t always wanted to be a Chef, however, from the age of 14 to now, and for the foreseeable future, I don’t see any other changes on my horizon, as this industry is like no other.
How would you define your style:
Innovative, Modern Mediterranean.
Your greatest culinary inspiration/influences:
Jiro Ono from Sukiyabashi Jiro.
What do you love about this business?
The staff members throughout hospitality. I don’t believe that in any other industry you’ll find a more incredible, interesting and diverse group of people with so many incredible stories from their travels or their personal experiences. The fact that every day in this industry is completely different is also incredible. You’re always learning, and in my mind, you can’t put a price on knowledge.
An ingredient you can’t live without?
Coriander, Wine and Ras el Hanout (North African spice mix).
Most "eyebrow-raising” dish:
Beetroot + liquorice + walnut + acidulated chocolate or Triple Cream Brie + sourdough + lemon + peas.
Charcoal Maltagliati + asparagus + lemon + truffle.
Taking inspiration from modern Japanese culture, cuisine and style, Mimasu on King William Street in Adelaide garners a loyal local following. Join friends at the neon-lit bar and share an after-work drink, or relax at high tables and stools while perusing a menu offering a contemporary Australian spin to traditional Izakaya fare. Designed with a focus on share plates, dishes are ideally complemented by an extensive Japanese beer, sake and whisky selection; expect nibbles such as karaage chicken and spicy pickled vegetables. Sashimi lovers will salivate over hiramasa kingfish, ponzu, shallot and nasturtium: while those with heartier tastes delve into 7+ score wagyu fillet with fire-roasted potato, or barbequed octopus, kohlrabi, nduja and carrot.