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Sean Connolly Bio
is one of Australia's and New Zealand's most well respected and recognised chefs.
With a wealth of experience that spans the globe he
is a true visionary that never says no to an opportunity to share his
love and passion for wonderful produce and honest food.
love for food began in Grandma Esthers' kitchen in his
birthplace of West Yorkshire.
kitchen was the place to be and it is here that the foundations were laid for his
amazing journey as a Chef.
taught him warmth, generosity, humility, how to be imaginative and most of all how to have fun in the kitchen.
formal career as a chef started when he
took on a Chefs Apprenticeship at The Pennine Hilton, Ainley Top Leeds.
did this from the ages of thirteen to sixteen and then completed his
apprenticeship at various restaurants throughout the UK.
Upon becoming a qualified chef his
career set sail on the world famous luxurious cruise ship the QE2.
According to Sean
this is when his
lifelong passion for caviar began!
arrived in Australia in 1988 on a working holiday visa.
fell in love with our weather, amazing produce, growing food scene and decided not to leave.
Working in various Sous Chef roles at high-end hotels such as The Boulevard and the definitive Park Lane (now Sheraton on The Park) he
was mentored by renowned chefs such as Dietmar Sawyer and Liam Tomlin.
During this time he
learnt much about multicultural cuisines and techniques as well as how to manage a kitchen.
was offered the role of Executive Chef of Astral restaurant at Star City Casino
It was here that he led his team at Astral to earn consecutive chefs hats from 2007 to 2011, winning accolades such as SMH Good Food Guide Chef of the Year in 2008 and launching the casual restaurant 'Seans Kitchen' in the Star City Casino.
Now an acclaimed chef in 2009 he hosted the 13 part series on SBS called "My Family Feast", a celebration of Australia's love of multicultural food and family life.
The show won best TV show at the 2010 Australian Food Media Awards, plus best TV series for food and wine culture at the world TV Food & Wine Festival.
also released the "My Family Feast" cookbook to coincide with the launch of the series and won best Celebrity Chef cook book in the world at the 2011 Paris book fair, beating international stars like Nigella Lawson.
left Star City Casino
in 2010 to pursue international opportunities and his
growing TV career.
This led him to New Zealand where in 2011 he
, together with Skycity Auckland opened the ?multi-million dollar restaurant called 'The Grill by Sean Connolly'
This was made into a 6-part documentary called 'Under The Grill' which documented Seans journey, armed with a 4 million dollar budget and a hundred day deadline to create a world class restaurant from scratch.
documentary was well received with 39% of the country watching the documentary and discussions underway for the sequel to be filmed.
The restaurant received rave reviews and in 2012 won Best Restaurant at the prestigious New Zealand Cuisine Awards.
continues to be the face of many brands.
Such Restaurant Associates which is owned by the Compass Group
and represents venues such as the Town Hall
and Taronga Zoo.
is also one of the faces of Lyndey Milans company
time to both charity and industry organisations to raise money for charities such as The Benevolent Society
Always ready for the next challenge, 2012 was a busy year for Sean
own Restaurant Consulting arm of his
brand, development and production of his
own range of home-cooking Chef Sean Connolly products
, this website and the opening of The Morrison
, a New York style restaurant and oyster bar in the heart of the Sydney CBD
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