Jason Rodwell is the highly accomplished and well-travelled chef heading the kitchen team at Albert Street Food & Wine in Brunswick’s Sydney Road precinct. With experience in kitchens across Australia, France and the UK under his belt, Jason has always followed his passion for fresh produce and new culinary challenges.
Raised in the Snowy Mountains, Jason grew up eating seasonal fruit and vegetables from his family’s impressive garden as well as local farms. After completing his culinary training at the Canberra Institute of Technology, Jason’s career began as Sous Chef at Atlantic Manuka, the ACT’s first restaurant to be awarded two Chef Hats in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide.
Jason’s desire to travel drew him to London in 2003, where he secured place training under David Thompson at Nahm before moving to Gordon Ramsey’s Royal Hospital Road. It was during his foray at Royal Hospital Road that Jason realised his passion for French cuisine and from then on has worked on honing the skills, discipline and knowledge required to produce it.
In 2005 Jason decided to take his rewarding experience and newfound skills back to Australia, where he returned to Canberra to the Head Chef position at Aubergine and then at Watersedge.
To further shape his French culinary skills, Jason travelled to France in 2008 and worked at Michelin starred restaurants’ Auberge du Bon Laboureur and Chalet Le Torrent. This professional exploration propelled Jason’s passion for French food further and during his downtime he travelled through France, exploring the wine regions, its cheese makers and village produce from Breton to Toulouse.
During 2010 Jason worked as Sous Chef to Greg Doyle at the illustrious Pier Restaurant in Rose Bay before heading south to Melbourne.
Since joining Albert Street Food & Wine in its inauguration in 2011, Jason worked alongside iconic Australian chef Philippa Sibley to secure consecutive Chef Hats in The Age Good Food Guide as well as a nomination for Best New Restaurant and a listing in the Australian Gourmet Traveller Top 100 Restaurants.
Since Philippa’s departure at the end of 2013, Jason has taken on the role of Executive Chef and brought his own flair to the restaurant refreshing the menu and focusing on seasonal, sustainable ingredients from local producers.
Always on the lookout for inspiration and ideas, Jason describes himself as an avid traveller who spends his holidays eating his way through food regions all over the globe.
Our team are our biggest asset, and the key to our ongoing success.
We are extremely proud of the team we have assembled and we’re always excited to hear from hospitality professionals who are passionate about their work and most importantly, having fun while we do it.
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