We at ChefsEye had the great pleasure to catch up with the winner of our competition for September Jason Brown who currently is the Executive pastry chef at Nel Restaurant in Surry Hills in Sydney.
Everyone at ChefsEye agree that Jason Brown is definitely a chef to watch, with his flair, panache and attention to detail he has a great future ahead of him.
Nel Restaurant currently do 1 sitting Tuesday-Thursday with a maximum 44 guest and Friday and Saturday with 2 sittings with a maximum 91 guest. Jason did say it all depends on the table layout which means it could be slightly less or slightly more seats available on the day. For no disappointment make sure to book in advance as seats do sell very quickly.
We did ask Jason some questions.
ChefsEye: What do you inspire to be?
Jason: I inspire to hopefully have my own restaurant, dessert restaurant and be recognized for what I do and serve. Not through tv or anything like that but through industry and clientele respect.
ChefsEye: What’s the worst attribute to have in a kitchen?
Jason: Worst attribute in the kitchen is to be a robot. Too many chefs I have come across are great at doing the job but cant think outside the box.
ChefsEye: Who inspires you?
Jason: Inspiration comes from many people and places, in the industry I love what Francisco Migoya is doing at Modernist Cuisine but I also find inspiration through everything in life that surrounds you on a daily basis.
ChefsEye: Why do you, enjoy being a chef?
Jason: I enjoy being a chef because of the satisfaction and passion that comes with the industry. You are constantly learning every day not just from people you work with but your surroundings. Its a very rewarding industry.
ChefsEye: Who is the best chef (alive) in your eyes?
Jason: Best chef alive would be a hard one as those that have changed the world such as Ferran & Albert Adria and also Heston Blumenthal, Grant Achatz, Rene Redzepi, but again each one has there strong points and have changed the direction for the better in certain ways. Pastry is still Francisco Migoya for the knowledge that he is impairing through Modernist Cuisine.
ChefsEye: Whats your favourite dinning experience?
Jason: Favourite dinning experience…..I’ve dined at many and to be honest each one of the top 3 has been good for each style. The Fat Duck in Melbourne was incredible, service, technical ability and story telling. Noma in Sydney was amazing for the produce and service. Sepia in Sydney was where my favourite dishes come from still.
ChefsEye: Give one piece off good advice?
Jason: Good advice would be to always question, never be satisfied with anything as there is always better and this gives you the drive to improve and learn.
Make sure to follow Jason Brown on Instagram @chefjasonbrown and Nel Restaurant @nelrestaurant.
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