Many might expect a chef of Guillaume’s calibre not to be involved in the day-to-day cooking. As well as running Bennelong, he is involved in the food preparations and it’s not unusual to find him in the kitchen mid-morning filleting fish or shucking oysters.
It’s late in the afternoon and Stephanie Alexander, celebrity chef and cookbook author extraordinaire, is winding down after a day chock-full of interviews and appearances.
Overlooking stunning Sydney Harbour, Quay has just clinched a culinary coup by being named Restaurant of the Year in The Sydney Morning Herald 2010 Good Food Guide and Gourmet Traveller 2010 Restaurant Guide for the second year running.
For a woman whose moniker has become synonymous with the biggest culinary brand in Australia, it comes as somewhat of a surprise to learn that Donna Hay fell into her life as a foodie almost by default. A teenage Donna originally held aspirations of being a physiotherapist, however, after narrowly missing the university cut-off mark she enrolled in a home…
Tetsuya Wakuda rushes in, apologising profusely for running late. Even when on the back foot, one of Australia’s most celebrated chefs is graceful and affable. Today he is positively glowing; his face radiates a soft shade of pink from the humidity outside as he introduces himself only as ‘Tetsuya’.