Q & A with Jordan Toft – Executive Chef, Coogee Pavilion

Jordan Toft

Jordan Toft is the Chef behind beachside favourite Coogee Pavilion.

He has been with Merivale for a while and has previously worked with Executive Chef Peter Doyle at est. as well as working in Europe and the USA.

We caught up with him to find out where he likes to eat and drink in Sydney and what he is most looking forward to at the Coogee Foreshow Festival this year.

Q: Where do you go to get a great cup of coffee (or tea if you’re not a latte lover)?

Edition Roasters in Darlinghurst.

Q: If you could only eat one last meal on this earth, where and what would it be?

At Es Baldado on a cliff in Ibiza looking out at Es Vedra. Smashing Spanish seafood with my daughter and a glass of wine.

Q: Please share with us your 5 all time favourite restaurants or bars in Sydney.

  1. 10 William Street – a tight space with amazing food and a kickass wine list.
  2. Unicorn Hotel – an all Australian pub reborn. Food is like you’ve been forced to eat at a roadside truckstop but is bloody amazing!
  3. Fratelli Paradiso – like you have slipped back to the style and sophistication of Europe with none of the pretension.
  4. Ester – Matt knows how to cook in a wood fired oven and what wine to have on the list too.
  5. Baxter Inn – it’s got great American whisky.

Q: If you had visitors in town, where would be the first place you’d take them to dine and/or drink?

Always 10 William Street – for Campari Spritz and Italian snacks.

Q:  What inspired your passion for food and what does food mean to you?

I don’t come from a big foodie family but I always had an inquisitive nature when it came to food. I always knew I would cook in some capacity and for me it’s a lifestyle.

Q:  What do you want your ‘food’ legacy to be?

I cook best when I know about the ingredients’ story. It allows me to appreciate the work others have put into getting it to me, therefore I don’t feel the need to overcomplicate the cooking process.  So, I guess, it would be simplicity.

Q:  Tell us something not many people know about you!

I’m colour-blind and my favourite movie of all time is Dirty Dancing.  No Joke!

Q:  What are you most looking forward to at the Coogee Foreshow Festival this year?

Seeing a lot of locals coming down with friends and family.  Even though it’s not it feels like a birthday celebration.  Another year of crazy busy, but fun times down at Coogee!

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