about me

Simon - photographed by Rick EavesI'm a chef, no longer the exec chef at Hilton Adelaide which was home for around 10 years, but I'm still rattling pots and pans around. I guess my day job is creative director for the longest running national food festival in Australia; Tasting Australia

I'm a sometime television presenter (with that force of nature and all round good food, Barossa girl Maggie Beer) on the ABC's "The Cook and The Chef". We knocked out over a 150 episodes of the series and I have hung my clogs up from TV for a while.

Before all this I was in Melbourne where I started cooking twenty odd years ago. Thai and Indian (my first cooking gigs) will always be sentimental favorites on my menus. I love the economy of, and the explosive but harmoniously balanced flavours of both these cuisines. I still cook a lot in this style for my home meals.

I moved to Adelaide shortly after Cheong Liew made The Grange Restaurant his home. I had flown over one night to eat his menu (still one of the most memorable meals I have ever had), and pretty soon after had a job in the Hilton kitchens.

It took a while to get into The Grange Kitchen but I ended up as a Chef De Partie in the meat section and was introduced to Cheong's classic French technique and a myriad of Malaysian/Chinese flavours.

As far as describing a food philosophy, these days I just want the most ethically sourced, local and fresh ingredients. I reckon my job is just to get these onto a plate with the minimum of fuss and let the produce shine.

Forget about chefs getting all the limelight for a moment, it's about the product and the producer these days for me. The chef is just a vehicle to get their hard work on the plate. If you grow your own food I am sure you will agree, you just want to cook simply and honestly to do justice to the amazing flavor that good produce exudes.

Being able to cook for someone is one of the nicest thing you can do, but (and this is a big BUT) the choices you make when you shop are as important to me as the cooking.

 Oh, and when I'm not cooking, here's how I like to keep busy...

Ambassador for:

  • Animals Asia Foundation
  • The Animal Welfare League, SA
  • RSPCA Choose Wisely Campaign
  • The Department of Environment and Heritage Kitchen Garden Foundation
  • Premium Food and Wine from South Australia’s Clean Environment
  • Oxfam GROW and FAIR
  • Meat Free Week
  • Adelaide Bee Sanctuary
  • Australian International Year of Pulses

 

Patron of:

  • CheeseFest

 

Co-Creative Director of :

  • Tasting Australia 2014 /16/17

 

“Legumeer” and “Sometimes-Purveyor” of:

  • dirt(y) inc – gm free, artisan style wholefoods

 

Awards and Presentations and blah blah include:

  • 2014 The Advertiser Food Awards - Adelaide Food Legend
  • 2008 Restaurant and Catering Association (SA) – Chef of the Year
  • 2007 Hotel Management Magazine Awards Excellence – Executive Chef of the Year
  • 2014 The Advertiser Food Awards – Vittoria Coffee, Adelaide Food Legend

 

 

RT @seafoodAUS: @SimonBryantChef cooking up a storm of amazing Skull Island Prawns for the launch of SIA! #getonboard @AustralFish https:/… Read more »

RT @Jill_Bottrall: @SimonBryantChef and @rspcasa CEO Paul Stevenson eagerly awaiting the start of this morning's Million Paws Walk! https:/… Read more »

RT @EventsSA: Great to see @SimonBryantChef in today's @theTiser talking all about this year's @TastingAus. Read the piece here: https://t.… Read more »

@BushWokCooking You nailed it @BushWokCooking , ✋️#enoughisenough Read more »

#SydneyCup do we as a species really STILL in 2017 need to put any living creature through this much pain and degradation for our amusement? Read more »

@IanThorpe you're a good human! Just sayin' @ABCTV @ReachOut_AUS #bullied Read more »

@Dianah_SA @cgfarms @SA_PIRSA @GrainProducerSA Le me know what you cook ! I'm getting mine next week :) Read more »

RT @EventsSA: New @TastingAus events will be released at 7pm tonight!🍷It's great to have Paul Carmichael from @momofuku Seiōbo in town to s… Read more »

@coriole and @SaskiasFarmProd WALKING THE TALK when it comes to support with @OzHarvestSA #cookup500 big love and t… https://t.co/nkWdsDDuZ0 Read more »

RT @AainaaRahman: Get cookin with @SimonBryantChef @GastroPunKoz and your fav V8 drivers at @OzHarvestSA #CookUp500 event next week! https:… Read more »