Top 10 Hottest Young Chefs in Sydney

Nelly Robinson

Nelly Robinson

Sydney’s best Young Chefs

Who says age equals wisdom?  There is currently a new breed of young chefs transforming the Sydney dining scene and rocking our tastebuds in the process.  Pushing the boundaries of food to new heights these young-guns are the rockstars of the future to watch out for.  Actually, they are the rockstars of right now with many of them opening and funding their own establishments.  Kudos to them.

Check out our list of the Top 10 Hottest Young Chefs in Sydney (in no particular order):

  1. NELLY ROBINSON – NEL. RESTAURANT
    UK born chef Nelly opened his very own degustation only restaurant nel. restaurant in 2015.  It’s been (deservedly) winning accolades ever since.  Nelly is taking the old fashioned, stuffy degustation, modernising it and introducing it to a whole new audience.
    Read our review of nel. restaurant
  2. JAMES PARRY and DANIEL PUSKAS – SIXPENNY
    This young pair have transformed a local corner shop in Stanmore into a worthy dining destination in its own right.  Opening a degustation only restaurant at a time when Sydney dining was trending more to casual/share style was a bold move.  A move that seems to have paid off in spades.
    Read our review of sixpenny
  3. PASI PETANEN – CAFE PACI
    Ex Marque Restaurant Head Chef Pasi originally opened a pop-up restaurant for 1 year back in 2013.  Thankfully it’s still going strong, at least for now.  Cafe Paci has been impressing diners and critics alike with its innovate dishes.
    Read our review of Cafe Paci
  4. MIKE EGGERT and JEMMA WHITEMAN – PINBONE
    Mike and Jemma are challenging our tastebuds with their unusual flavour combinations at Pinbone and they’ve been winning a legion of fans in the process.
    Read our review of Pinbone
  5. MAT LINDSAY – ESTER RESTAURANT & BAR
    Mat Lindsay (ex-Billy Kwong) opened his own establishment in a backstreet in Chippendale.  His experimental cooking style is bringing in diners in droves.
    Read our review of Ester Restaurant & Bar
  6. JACOB DAVEY – EST.
    It seems Jacob Davey has learnt a thing or two working most recently alongside the great Peter Doyle at est.  He’s serving up exquisite dishes.
    Read our review of est.
  7. MARK LABROOY, SHANNON DEBREECENY and DARREN ROBERTSON – THREE BLUE DUCKS
    These 3 chefs formerly worked together at fine dining staple Tetsuya’s.  These days they call their Bronte cafe Three Blue Ducks home.  Whilst the setting may be casual, their food is anything but.
    Read our review of Three Blue Ducks
  8. ALEX MUNOZ – MONOPOLE
    Alex is making a name for himself heading up the cooking team at the Bentley boy’s wine bar, Monopole.  The proof is in the pudding.
    Read our review of Monopole
  9. ADAM WOLFERS – YELLOW
    Heading up the team at Bentley’s bistro Yellow these days is Adam, though he’s previously also spent time at Monopole.  Seems to be a great training ground.
    Read our review of Yellow
  10. KARL FIRLER – OSCILLATE WILDLY
    Having previously spent time at Marque Restaurant and est. Karl is now serving up creative cuisine at his very own digs in Newtown and he has the awards to prove it.
    Read our review of Oscillate Wildly

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