Darren Taylor is a classically trained chef and a multi-award-winning restaurateur and caterer. His career spans 40 years, 20 years in catering, encompassing work with some of Australia’s most celebrated chefs, such as Tony Bilson, Armando Percuoco and Anders Ousback. He also cut his teeth in France at the 3 Michelin-starred Troisgros, learning to master the best French cuisine under Michel and Pierre Troisgros. Taylor has been executive chef at some of Australia’s leading restaurants, including Bilson’s Restaurant, (Quay) and Buon Ricardo, having won several Chefs Hats in the SMH Good Food Guide.
In 1998 Darren created Gastronomy Australia. Gastronomy developed an envious reputation for fine food, wine and service, whether it was sandwiches one day or a degustation dinner the next. Under Darren’s leadership, Gastronomy won the following awards, RCA boardroom Caterer of the year award, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006, also Venue Caterer of the year 2004.
Darren was a key partner in producing successfully, The Gay & Lesbian “Harbour Party for 5,500 patrons’ over 7 years.
Incorporating bars, food outlets, Audio visual, lighting & logistics. This included working with key stake holders, Aids Trust NSW, Botanical Garden Trust and NSW Police. This huge event raise much needed funds year in year out. In 2005 Darren was invited to lecture in Event Management at UTS Sydney. In 2015, through strong demand, Darren launched Darren Taylor Catering.
Darren Taylor Catering has grown to become recognised as an industry leader in Catering & events.
Head Chef Nick Crosby has been working in Sydney for the past 17 years. As a child his first memories of food were making homemade mayonnaise with his Dad, who to this day won’t tell him the secret ingredient, as well as making fresh Bolognese sauce with his mother. He was fortunate enough to travel to Europe with his family which sparked a real passion for food and cooking. Nick moved to the USA at the age of 8 and was exposed to an entirely different style of food.
He returned to Australia at the age of 11 and began high school at Fort Street in Petersham. Socialising and eating with family and friends was a big part of his life and consequently this led to a career within the hospitality industry. After finishing high school in 1999, he commenced his career within the pub scene in Balmain. He began his apprenticeship at Longrain, Surry Hills in 2000, and quickly discovered a passion for the industry as well as a respect for different food styles. His career extended into working in establishments such as Otto, Onde and Cafe Sopra. It was at Cafe Sopra that he honed his philosophy on seasonality, freshness and sustainability, and still maintains this today.
Nick leads a team of dedicated individuals at Darren Taylor catering in creating contemporary and classical dining experiences
I just want to say thank you to you and all your team for your hard work with yesterday's party!
I was amazed by how fabulous the room looked - we could never have done it ourselves! I have to apologize for being worried before Saturday, I should never have doubted you!
The food was terrific and the staff were really lovely!
I also noticed the "little extra" touches that you had organized - thank you!
Once again, thank you for your personal involvement and your talent at converting an ugly bare hall into a glamorous, warm venue!
Wedding - Sydney Park Pavilion
Anni and I just want to thank you and the team for yesterday’s lunch. We thought it was magnificent in all its courses ie canapés, delicious oxtail, cheese and pud. The waiters were great and the whole thing went very smoothly and professionally. Of course I know Pops and Rupe feel the same way.
Lunch for atyp - Australian Theatre for Young People
Thank you very much for last night. All agree a great success."
Robert Barry 50th Birthday party
"Hi Darren - what a fabulous feast you gave us - can't thank you enough and will call later today
lots love Pops Xxx"
Antoinette Albert Christmas Party
Great night Thursday –well done and to you and the staff"
Peter Bourne, Lend Lease “Barangaroo” wine dinner
Sue said the class was fantastic and that you are an amazing teacher - thought I’d better pass it on because I bet she didn’t tell you!"
Accoutrement cooking class
Thank you so much for Tuesday evening.
I am trying to think of adequate superlatives to describe your truly wonderful presentation.
There was not one thing that wasn’t perfect. From the moment we arrived we were made feel very special as perfectly trained waiters circulated with their delicious offerings. Darren your food was as good as I’ve had anywhere and there is no doubt that your contemporaries at the Troisgros would have been proud to name you amongst them.
As your buffet table groaned under what was the most succulent of hams as only you can do them, the most splendid sauce, which I could have quite happily consumed as an endless bowl of soup and the most wonderful rounds of bread I’ve ever sighted, it became obvious that this was to be no ordinary cocktail party. Cocktail party indeed, it was more like a fabulous French feast in a garden in Provence."
Noelene Keen-Ward, Channel Australia
"Darren thank you so much, that was such a lovely dinner - the beef was amazing!
see you soon.
Amanda Love , LOVEART
"Darren Taylor Catering was simply the best we have ever had.
Delicious, professional and great value."
Geoffrey Smith, Chairman Sotheby’s Australia
"Many thanks for a great night, everyone was bowled over by the food, including me, and the waiters were really great. "
Ray Wilson OAM
Thank you so much for last night.
Everyone loved it. The food was wonderful. Our friends just loved it. The service was fantastic. The boys were great, so polite hard working and nothing was too difficult for them
You helped create a wonderful night to celebrate Lachlan's big birthday
Once again, many thanks to you and Nick for a fabulous dinner.
Hi Darren –I have been meaning to get in contact all week, but as always time has disappeared.
Another fantastic event – the feedback on the food was excellent as always! We couldn’t get rid of the guests. Most staying until 7:30 including Mrs Rinehart.
Please pass on our thanks to all involved on the night – they were wonderful!"
Christopher Hasting’s, St Vincent’s Curran Foundation
Just a quick note of thanks for the teams’ efforts on Saturday. Everyone had a ball. The comments on the food and the service were astounding. People were still talking about them yesterday!
Thanks kindly & Merry Christmas. See you soon, I’m sure.
Thanks very much again for your great support on Wednesday. It was a great event and the service of your team was outstanding.
Looking forward to working with you again in the future.
Yanning Zhang, Director, Events & Projects, NSW Branch