GIVING THANKS
Gourmet Traveller|November 2021
We asked chefs to reflect on the positive beacons that drove them in 2021, celebrating the people that made them grateful this year.
JORDAN KRETCHMER & GEORGIE MEREDITH

PETER GILMORE

Executive chef, Bennelong and Quay, Sydney

I am beyond thankful that we were able to reopen the restaurants and get back to work between the two major NSW lockdowns. It has been a tough year for all and I am so glad that we were at home in Australia when we had to face a global pandemic – I feel that overall we have, and will continue to, get through this as best we can as a community by coming together. For all of its hardships, I am thankful 2021 allowed me to try my hand at ceramics, which has long been of great interest to me, having worked closely with my friend Paul Davis on a number of bespoke ceramics for Quay and Bennelong over the years. 2021 also granted me more time with my family throughout the lockdown, which was a huge positive, particularly as my boys get older.

SARAH BALDWIN

Chef and owner, Joy, Brisbane

The last 18 months have been hard. They’ve been hard for everyone, but in particular for hospitality. I never thought I would have to run my restaurant in survival mode. In Brisbane, we have been luckier than some. The restaurant scene has seen some casualties, indeed. But it has also thrived. On my night off, I am so grateful that I can still head to my favourite pizza and wine bar and have a non-alcoholic Negroni and a pizza, served by the same people that have been serving me since pre-lockdown. I am grateful that Joy has not only survived, but really found its feet. After the threat of losing the restaurant in 2020, I feel luckier than ever to be able to walk in here each day and prepare food, filled with love, for our guests that have been so loyal. I am even more grateful to be doing this with my best pal and employee Maddie [Sim] by my side, who handles everything I cannot inside the restaurant while treating our guests with unconditional kindness.

SHANE DELIA

Chef, Maha, and founder of Providoor, Melbourne

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