Photography Brad Jolly Chef Ambassador. Cook & Chef Institute

Brad Jolly

Now an award-winning chef with his own magnificent venue on the Brisbane River, Brad Jolly tasted success at a young age, when just ten years old he started cooking for his family, saving them a mother who was a self-confessed disaster in the kitchen.

 

Since those early days, Brad has pursued his passion professionally since he was a teenager, working in...

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Now an award-winning chef with his own magnificent venue on the Brisbane River, Brad Jolly tasted success at a young age, when just ten years old he started cooking for his family, saving them a mother who was a self-confessed disaster in the kitchen.

 

Since those early days, Brad has pursued his passion professionally since he was a teenager, working in some of the world’s most renowned kitchens, and winning a swag of prestigious international cooking awards, before returning to Australia in 2001 to open the nationally acclaimed restaurants Lat 27 and Alchemy in Brisbane, the thriving state capital of Queensland and the fastest growing city in Australia.

 

Not afraid to travel to pursue his dreams, Adelaide-born Brad took his first qualified Chefs job at the Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove, from there to Canada and five-star Leading Hotel of the World - the King Edward in Toronto - where he worked under Chef John Higgens, once the personal chef to the Queen Mother.   It was here that he met his future wife Angelica, but it would take another four years, after Angelica and her family moved to Sydney, before they were living in the same city. 

 

After his two-and-a half year stint in Canada, which included cooking for the Queen on her G7 visit to Canada, Brad moved to London, landing a job with the legendary Marco Pierre White - the youngest chef ever to receive 2 Michelin Stars. While with Marco, Brad worked in his fine dinning restaurants Criterion and Canteen, but moved on to work with Eric Chavot at both the Chavot restaurant and at the boutique 5 star hotel The Capital, where as Sous Chef, Brad and the team achieved a much sought after 2 Michelin Stars.  While they were both at Chavot, Brad met Jamie Oliver, a fast friendship ensued, and it was Brad Jamie asked for help with his transformation into the Naked Chef – Aussie Brad appears with Jamie in episodes of the first series of the popular television show.

 

After a family tragedy brought Brad back to Australia, his relationship with Angelica could rekindle, discovering that together they are dynamite, they scoured the country for a prime location for their first establishment, named after the latitude of the city of Brisbane – Lat 27 - and described as Brisbane’s hidden gem Brisbane Media a venture that brought the team many accolades, including winning the ChL/Def Owner Courier Mail, Final for Best New and Informal Dining. Jimmy Sawyer Award 2 years running and Golden Chefs Hat award, just two months after opening.  

 

Quietly serving some of the best food this booming city had to offer, Lat 27 boasted magnificent views of the city’s iconic Story Bridge and the lovely Brisbane River as it wound its way through the heart of the city.  In this magnificent location, Angelica and Brad often found themselves hosting the Australian Cricket and Rugby teams as well as local talent such as the hilarious Penny Cooper of the top-rating FM station B105.  In much demand, this couple hosted the Brisbane Food and Wine Month in July 2006 and have appeared at a variety of high-profile cooking events.

 

Since the doors closed on Lat 27 for the last time, many were been wondering what was being planned by this talented couple.  All was revealed last December with the spectacular launch of Alchemy Restaurant and Bar.  While Lat 27 wowed diners with superb views only short distance away, that fantastic location is surpassed by Alchemy’s, perched above the river-side board walk with spectacular, absolute river frontage.

 

Featuring exquisite hand-blown Murano glass chandeliers, the captivating interior contains the Alchemy Bar which offers an innovative menu or tapas, an a la carte dining area for an exquisite dining experience, a private dining room, and a specialist walk in cellar featuring an eclectic selection of fine wine, unique cheeses and precious caviar.  The ever-changing vista is showcased with floor to ceiling windows, an extensive open deck, and an intimate courtyard for those who want to savour the river breeze.  

 

Having these different areas not only provides patrons a stimulating range of dining and indulging choices, it creates a more intimate and personal ambiance which is enhanced by a fresh & modern colours, the warmth of timber, and furniture designed by Brad & Angelica themselves.

 

Rated this year by Elizabeth Meryment, food and lifestyle writer of national broadsheet The Australian, as one of Australia’s 10 hippest new venues, Alchemy has made a significant impact on the Brisbane city dining scene, garnering many kudos and outstanding reviews.  Recently, Alchemy’s Claire Horsfield was announced as the Queensland state winner of the inaugural Lexus Young Waiter of the Year Award, a sibling of the prestigious Lexus Young Chef of the Year Award www.youngchef.com.au

 

Brad’s international reputation was established early in his career, in 1993 at just 22 Brad competed against the best young chefs of 25 nations to take out the World Title in the Jeunes Commis Rôtisseurs Competition, held annually by the prestigious international gastronomic society La Chaine des Rotisseurs, at regional, national and international levels.

 

He is the only Australian chef to win a gold medal at the prestigious 1993 Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung, commonly called the ‘Culinary Olympics’, the oldest and most prestigious international culinary competition in the world, first held in 1896.

 

Brad’s professional awards include:

 

  • 2006-2011 Two Hats Courier Mail, 1 Star Gourmet Traveller, Voted Top 10 Best Restaurant in Queensland, Voted in the top 100 Best Restaurants Australia, Finalist in City News Best Restaurant. Special Guest for Noosa Food and Wine
  • Founder of 3 Raw Chefs and 30 Minute Menu which aired on Channel 9 in Dec 2010
  • 2002 and 2004 Selected Jimmy Sawyeer Award, Best New Restaurant City News 1 Hat Courier Mail 1 Star Gourmett Traveller 
  • 2002 Best Chef Owner Restaurant “Brisbane Courier Mail and Restaurant and Caterers Association”
  • 1993 La Chaine des Rotisseurs World Title First Place
  • 1993 La Chaine des Rotisseurs National First Place
  • 1993 La Chaine des Rotisseurs Regional First Place
  • 1992 La Chaine des Rotisseurs Sate Final Second Place
  • 1992 La Chaine des Rotisseurs Regional First Place
  • 1992 Australian Apprenticeship Team London Team Captain Bronze
  • 1991 Golden Chef’s Awards Two Gold Medals one Silver Medal
  • 1990 Luxembourg Expo Gastronomy Australian Apprenticeship Team Gold

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