Stuart’s great skills in French and modern Australian cuisine have been honed with some of the industry’s best, including the multi award-winning Philippe Mouchel at Paul Bocuse, Langtons and Liberté, Alain Fabrègues at the Loose Box (Australia’s best restaurant of 1995) and Jacques Reymond (Australia’s best Restaurant of 1997 & 1998).
Stuart completed his apprenticeship at the Windsor Hotel in Melbourne with Bruno Cerdan, then progressed through the Mouchel, Fabrègues and Reymond kitchens before working in Peacock Alley (1 Michelin star) and Thornton’s (2 Michelin stars) in Ireland.
He returned to work again with both Philippe Mouchel and Alain Fabrègues, and in 2006 moved his young family to the Mornington Peninsula. He joined Ten Minutes by Tractor as Chef in 2007, and the following year gained this accolade from Gourmet Traveller: “This new operation is the best gastronomic outpost to have opened on the Mornington Peninsula in a long time.”
In 2010, Stuart was again recognised by Gourmet Traveller, which ranked the Ten Minutes by Tractor Restaurant in Victoria’s top 10 regional restaurants. In 2011 Ten Minutes by Tractor gained a Good Food Guide hat and in 2013 two hats while Gourmet Traveller awarded one star in 2009 and two stars in 2013.
Graham has been involved in hospitality for over 15 years and before deciding on a sea change with his young family in 2010 was general manager of Fog in Prahran, where he was one of those responsible for its original establishment, and then Venue Manager of the well regarded Bottega in the Melbourne CBD.
It was Graham’s love of food and wine but, above all, his gregariousness, his love of people, that led him along this path and eventually to Ten Minutes By Tractor.
He came to Ten Minutes By Tractor as Assistant Restaurant Manager in 2010 and has been an integral part of the team since then, including running the restaurant in the manager’s absences.
From 2014 Graham takes over the role of Venue Manager.
Jacques first tried Ten Minutes By Tractor wines in his role as Head Sommelier at Home House, one of London’s most exclusive private members clubs with two restaurants, two bars and an extensive cellar. Prior to that he was at The Cinnamon Club, one of London’s top new wave Indian restaurants, Le Cercle Munster, another private members club in Luxembourg, and the Eden restaurant in Temple Bar, Dublin.
Coming to Ten Minutes By Tractor in 2014 was one of those “came to have a look and stayed” stories – the lure of the Mornington Peninsula (Jacques is a keen surfer) combined with fine dining and fine wine was too hard to resist.
Jacques is a Court of Master Sommelier’s Certified Sommelier and has the WSET Diploma.
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