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Dave Stewart

Coming from gippsland I got my love for produce from my grandmother. She always had amazing veggie gardens and orchards, so it was instilled in me from a young age that I was always destined to be a chef.

Even hanging with my best friend and his parents’ fruit and veg shops working and learning as much as I can for a seasonal perspective. I also did some small stints at a very young age with my cousin at Century Inn and some of her other establishments.

I moved to Melbourne in 1999 to start my cooking apprenticeship and moved quickly up the chain, working with some of the most talented chefs, leading as much as I could along the way. I then moved on to run my own kitchens, setting up different concepts along the way leading the path to where I walk along my hospitality journey today. I am now the proud owner and Head Chef at Ascot Food Store in Melbourne.