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Hi from Australia – Chef Andrew Barkham

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Andrew grew up in Southampton, England. In 1999 after qualifying from Southampton City College, Andrew moved to London to embark on a career in Michelin starred kitchens.

Andrew’s first job was at City Rhodes, Gary Rhodes city fine dining restaurant. Andrew then moved to No.1 Lombard Street to work for acclaimed chef Herbert Berger.

In 2004, Andrew moved to Gary Rhodes new restaurant ‘Rhodes Twenty Four’ where he remained for 9 years. In that time Andrew progressed his way to Head Chef under the watchful eye of Adam Gray ( Adam’s Chef’s Table here). Andrew was successful at retaining the 1 Michelin star and 3 AA rosettes for the year of 2013.

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After a brief spell in Melbourne at The Point Andrew moved to Sydney in April 2013 to become the Head Chef of Selah Restaurant. Here he is brought his passion for seasonal local food to life in a regularly changing menu at an intimate restaurant in Sydney’s CBD.

Andrew is now working along side Ross Lusted at The Bridge Room.

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The restaurant uses the Japanese Robata “hot coals” grills for some of it’s European and Asian influenced dishes bringing a totally unique style of cooking.

 

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We asked Andrew, with such a varied range of restaurants in Australia where is his favourite tables location. “it has to be Assiette Champenoise in the Champagne region of France near Reims”

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I have been here twice and it was a rare find 7 years ago when it had one Michelin star, I was sous chef at Rhodes Twenty Four and I had book a weekend away in Champagne for Valentines with my now fiancée. From the moment we entered the hotel/restaurant it was magical. I still remember the foie gras dish the chef created. To this day I have not experienced anything quite like it even after eating at Noma, French Landaury, and Guy Savoy (Paris) to name but a few.  Our second trip was a few years later after it received its 2nd star and it had grown from strength to strength. Now living in Australia I’m still very much a fan of Chef Arnaud’s cooking and its fantastic to see that he has been award the 3rd star. Its just a shame its so far away for a visit now.

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The Restaurant scene in Sydney now is fantastic with such a wide variety on offer. One restaurant I go back to is ‘Sean’s Panaroma’ which offers mouth watering, well executed seasonal food as well as a great ocean view over the famous Bondi beach.