Darren Taylor :
Darren Taylor began his career as a Chef in 1975 by completing a 4-year apprenticeship at The American National Club in Macquarie Street Sydney.
From there he worked with Chefs such as Mark Armstrong The Yellow Book, Patric Julliet Le Cafe Nouveau, Anders Ousback Anders Ousback Catering and Tony Bilson.
In an era when Sydney restaurants were beginning to make their mark.
At Kinselas with Tony Bilson, “Godfather of French food in Australia”, Darren was able to further hone his passion for French food.
In 1987 Darren had the opportunity,”through long time friend Rupert Rosenblum”, to work at Restaurant Troisgros, a 3 star Michellin restaurant in Roanne France for one year.
Working along side Michel and Pierre Troisgros, for Darren this was a dream come true.
Returning to Australia, Darren opened Bilson’s, “now Quay Restaurant” at Circular Quay with Tony Bilson.
Receiving Restaurant of the year and 1 Chefs hat in the SMH Good Food Guide.
From there Darren was Manager/Chef at Gundarimba Restaurant Guesthouse in Jamberoo winning another Chefs Hat in the SMH Good Food Guide.
In 1990 Darren rejoined Tony Bilson at his celebrated Restaurant Fine Bouche in East Sydney, which received 2 Chefs Hats in the SMH Good Food Guide.
In 1992 Darren opened The Burton Street Restaurant to critical acclaim further developing his skills as a Chef and now business owner.
Darren then Joined Armando Perccucio of Buon Ricordo, gaining 2 Chefs Hats SMH Good Food Guide and further developed his interest in Italian cuisine.
In 1995 Darren started Darren Taylor Catering, which quickly gained a reputation for fine food and service.
In 1998 Darren along with Miccal Cummins created Gastronomy “the art and science of food”.
Gastronomy developed an envious reputation for fine food, wine and service, whether it was sandwiches one day or a degustation dinner the next.
Amongst the awards that Gastronomy won over the years was the RCA boardroom Caterer of the year award, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006.
Dealing with the challengers with some of Sydney’s best event companies and corporations Darren was able to develop menus for every occasion.
Whether it was a gala banquet for 400, a corporate Christmas party for 1200 or gourmet sandwiches for 10
In 2005 Darren was invited to lecture in Event Management at UTS Sydney, which he does to this day.
IN April 2007 Darren sold his share in Gastronomy to concentrate on other interests.
July 2007, Darren was approached by Robert Goldman, (CEO RCA NSW), to teach and lectured in food and hospitality skills around regional NSW, on behalf of Restaurant and Catering NSW.
In November that year Armando Perccucio asked Darren to rejoin him at Buon Ricordo as Executive Chef.
In 2008 Buon Ricordo was awarded 2 Chefs hats in the Good Food Guide.
In 2012, due to strong demand, Darren launched Darren Taylor Catering and Harvest Trader & Co.
In April 2013, Darren was asked to consult for The New Haven Hotel group on their $2 million redevelopment of The Royal Hotel Paddington.
Darren enjoys living in Paddington, Sydney, has 4 children, 2 grand children, going to the Opera and racing his 1969 Lancia Fulvia with daughter Ruby as navigator!
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