Get to know me better
A chef that is always learning, changing and adapting but forever finding joy in cooking and being creative in and out of the kitchen.
I began my culinary journey in Hobart, Tasmania. It is here that I developed a passion for using fresh and local produce, with an abundance of small and micro producers in the area, it just made sense for us to source what we could locally. I started my apprenticeship in an Italian cafe/restaurant, transforming local produce into Italian fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
I had a thirst for knowledge and a desire to do well in the industry, however, there came a time when I decided to travel to learn from other chefs. I travelled around Australia and Europe for 7 years, working in a mixture of cafe's, restaurants, function and conference centres, 5 star hotels and resorts, learning about different techniques and flavours from some incredible chefs. After travelling abroad I then spent some time working in ski resorts in Australia, gaining experience in re-launching hotels and restaurants with new menu's, from empty fridges to a full house, just in time for each ski season, and in the off-season I would work short-term contracts in different parts of Australia, learning from more interesting chefs, expanding on the variety of cuisines and restaurants that I was exposed to.
Finally my journey took me back to the original restaurant where I completed my apprenticeship. It was here that I began writing menu's, designing kitchens and managing large multiple restaurant requiring me to draw on all the experience that I had gained travelling. We launched a brand new Italian Restaurant in the newly redeveloped space where I completed my apprenticeship years before, to then follow launching a mexican restaurant and taqueria and a vegan casual service restaurant just moments away.
I moved away from the partnerships at the restaurants in Hobart, and began consulting with restaurant and business owners in Melbourne, developing and implementing trendy and cost effective menu's throughout Melbourne. I spent my time consulting, relaunching existing businesses with new and fresh menu’s that where more profitable, as well as helping business owners design and launch their café’s and restaurants.
Having now found our way to Queensland, I spend my time travelling and working behind the scenes with a variety of celebrity chefs at cooking shows around Australia teaching cooking classes that the Golden Pig restaurant in Newstead, providing cooking demonstrations and workshops at the Kitchen Warehouse and providing services as a private chef, being invited into homes all over Queensland to cook and cater gourmet dinners.
My passion in food has always been influenced by Italian cooking, the more recent years, a Mexican and South American influence has been coming through. The most important thing for me in cooking, is to always source the best local and seasonal ingredients, to cook healthy and fresh meals, and if you can make it yourself, do. I would like to inspire people to cook better food at home, and move away from steak and veg, or take-out food.
For me, cooking is...
Is an extremely satisfying outlet for my creative side.
I learned to cook at...
I learned to cook through reading every cook-book I came across, and working at too many restaurants to list.
A role model in the kitchen is...
Rene Redzepi and Gordan Ramsay
A cooking secret...
To cook all food with joy. I believe that the mood you cook with is transferred to the food and represented in what you put on a plate.
As a Private Chef, I can offer you:
Simply tell me what you're craving! I would love to create the perfect menu for your special occasion in Chermside West.
A longer stay in Chermside West? I'm available for holidays, on a daily basis, and so forth. Just let me know!
Interactive or demonstrative, I can provide showcooking services all around Chermside West.
Trust me as a culinary consultant to help you with your concept in Chermside West.
Darryl's Food Gallery
We all eat with our eyes first! Below you can find a little demonstration of what I can bring to your table.
Chef Darryl's reviews
This was a gift for my parents in law 60th wedding anniversary as we could not travel to be with them. They absolutely loved every minute of being thoroughly spoilt by our chef Darryl. The food was beyond wonderful and certainly plentiful. I could not have asked for a more professional and attentive chef. The attention to detail in every dish made the evening memorable and very special. I could not recommend Darryl any more highly. Such a worthwhile treat. Thank you
Jackie Phillips - Sep 14 2020
Hands down one of the best experiences!!
Defiantly worth the money. Was the best surprise for my brothers 30th birthday and I’d do it again in a heart beat.
Thanks again Darryl, you really made our nights. 10/10.
Gemma - Aug 20 2020
Darryl and his food were nothing short of phenomenal. He comes highly recommended in terms of professionalism, quality & personalism!
Hamish Mulligan - Feb 16 2020
Due to an unavoidable family emergency, Darryl was unable to cater for us on the evening, however had already organised a replacement chef to provide the dinner. Darryl was brilliant - communicating with us right through the process, and ensuring that we were not inconvenienced at all. The replacement chef was amazing, and we were so thrilled with the meal and the evening - our guest loved it.
Cassandra Scott - Dec 19 2019
Book your experience with Chef Darryl
Specify the details of your requests and the chef will send you a custom menu just for you.