Get to know me better
A creative and enthusiastic chef with a strong belief in the adage "You are what you eat"
I have held senior positions in the Hospitality Industry for over 10 years. I am a creative, enthusiastic, hardworking chef with a true passion for food, experienced in functions, a la carte, 5-star catering for individual clients, and also supervising apprentices. In addition, in my current place of work I create tailor made recipes for clients, give cooking demonstrations, lessons and farmer's market tours. I am knowledgeable in a variety of cuisines and dietary restrictions such as gluten-free, diabetic, raw foods and paleo and have developed tailored recipes for my clients. I am extremely skilled at putting my own stamp on traditional dishes, creating new combinations and experimenting with new flavours while being careful not to compromise the freshness and originality of the food I prepare.
My recipe development experience encompasses the creation of a line of vegan confectionery for “Byron Bay Sweets” such as gummies, caramels, chocolates and lollipops. I am currently developing and producing all natural hot sauces for “Hellish Sauces” with ingredients sourced from local suppliers.
My qualifications are: Certificate III/1V in Commercial Cookery, an Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management, Food Safety Supervisor Certificate, NSW/QLD RSA and a current First Aid Certificate
For me, cooking is...
a lifestyle. I am very conscious of what I serve to my clients (and myself) and the effect on their health and well-being.
I learned to cook at...
Kingscliff Tafe, and then on the job experience at The Bay Retreats. This was challenging as each individual client had a dietary/eating preference.
A role model in the kitchen is...
Alice Waters- one of the first chefs to use the "farm to table" philosophy, as well as being one of the pioneers of California cuisine.
A cooking secret...
To use the best local ingredients possible
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 New Brighton.
I can do weddings, birthdays and corporate events in New Brighton. You name it!
Interactive or demonstrative, I can provide showcooking services all around New Brighton.
If you are looking for someone to keep your fridge full of incredible meals in New Brighton, count me in.
Rachel'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 Rachel's reviews
Having Rachel prepare our lunch was so incredibly relaxing! She was accomodating, friendly and an excellent chef. I will definitely have Rachel cook for us again, there’s no turning back now that I’ve experienced how easy it is to entertain :)
Sarah Condon - May 25 2021
Absolutely loved the experience and the food was delicious. Couldn't rate it any higher.
Clayton Higgins - May 25 2020
Book your experience with Chef Rachel
Specify the details of your requests and the chef will send you a custom menu just for you.