This week we chat to Shaun Presland, executive chef of Pacific. He shares how he got his start cooking for the Australian army, why not to be afraid to make mistakes and who has been influential in his career.
I’ve wanted to be a chef ever since I was a little kid. I was always cooking with my mum in the kitchen and loved the opportunity to play with fire and other dangerous things!
I spent the first four years of my chef career cooking for the Australian Army. I joined the reserves to fund my way through university and ended up cooking for 300 troops out in the bush.
Exciting, busy and experimental.
Mr Hiroshi Miura. He was my first Kaiseki teacher in 1995, and he taught me all the Japanese classics for 5 years. He also allowed me entry into the close-knit Japanese chef community, and I still call him father to this day.
Finding a permanent location for Pacific.
Make mistakes and learn from them. Don’t be afraid to make lots of mistakes; it’s the best way to learn.
Brat. The restaurant has a really nice vibe, and the smoked cod roe on toast is magnificent.
I’m a big fan of Mexican food and so I’m keen to try Kol when it opens this year.
I might be biased because I’m from there, but definitely Sydney! It’s a great city for Asian food and the chefs there are always on top of their game.
Toby Burrowes – a fellow Aussie and the Head Chef over at Elystan Street. He’s a seriously talented guy, and it’s impressive to be Head Chef at such a young age. One to watch for sure.
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