Ep. 38 Nelly Robinson (Nel. Restaurant)
At 14, Nelly started his apprenticeship working at a two Michelin star restaurant with some of the best chefs in the country, slogging it from 6am in the morning. As much as this sounded crazy to Nel's dad (who went into the restaurant to have a go at Nigel, the Head Chef), Nel was convinced this was the best thing for him and to this day, he's grateful for those early years.
Since then Nelly has gone on to cook for the Queen of England, work with Heston Blumenthal and open up his own restaurant in Sydney at 27. His ambitious energy pays off when you appreciate the dining experience offered by Nel Restaurant. Their clever event dinners really showcase the intricate lengths the chefs are willing to go to, to provide a unique and fun time. Nelly talks about a few of the dishes he's done like Sebastian the Crab or petit fours inspired by the Seven Dwarfs.
It's a great chat that explores a chefs journey chasing their dream and opening up a restaurant. There's some exciting news as well. Be sure to tune in.
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Music by Charlie Fester.
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