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Stephen Watson


Steve began his career 16 years ago as an apprentice training in some of Perth’s best restaurants – Balthazar, Duende and Emporio, developing throughout his career as Sous Chef for 8+ years of Jacs of Applecross and Nic & Kolo has lead him to be a highly experienced chef.


He has extensive food knowledge and relishes at the opportunity to expand this, his great skills allows him to adapt to any environment he is faced with. An advocate for WA Produce, he is an experimental culinary scientist and really enjoys trailing innovative ways to present quality produce with a strong dislike of waste. He believes there is a use for every inch of the produce he is using, this leads to endless experiments transforming unwanted “rubbish” into garnishes, stocks and other inventive products.


As a respected Executive Chef, for Heyder & Shears, he is the perfect mentor to the Chefs and Apprentices who work under his calm and gentle guidance, encouraging them to blossom and helping them develop their own skills. His entire kitchen team and all departments of the business, respect and look up to him as he continues to progress in a direction that inspires them.


Steve is always seeking opportunity to learn more from others, experiences, travel and stay ahead of the 8 ball. He gets great satisfaction out of teaching others what he has learnt and is a strong believer in training others with respect and patience.

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