Damien Monley is Head Chef and owner-operator of Bowral's stylish Grand Bistro, has run the kitchen in Matt Moran's eponymous 2-hatted restaurant, London's internationally renowned Gastropub The White Horse on Parsons Green, the Brooklyn Hotel and has been owner-operator of two successful Sydney eateries, Madame Char Char at Surry Hills and Flat White Cafe, Woollahra.
Damien's a man passionate about nature, the provenance of the ingredients and produce he uses, his relationship with local suppliers, and a belief in the joy of eating honest, rustic food.
When he's not in the kitchen, he and his foodie wife and partner in business, Justine, are running around after their four young children. And his days now start a little differently to that of his boyhood when he followed his Mum, foraging for fresh ingredients to use in the kitchen of the family's restaurant in Wanaka, New Zealand. These days it starts with meditation, a calming way to focus his day and a practise that exemplifies his philosophy that connects nature and the earth to the idea that food is the perfect medium for bringing people together.
No remote formal dinner is complete without an acoustic live performance under the milky way, so get ready for that Leonard Cohen inspired moment woven in between courses.
Ticket price of $295 per person includes
All food & beverages
Top hat & tails or tiara & gloves
Transport from and return to pick locations in Berrima, Moss Vale, Burradoo and Bowral.