May we introduce to you, Alastair McLeod one of the 2 incredible chefs who will be taking you on a journey of discovery over champagne, canapes and 4 courses with matching wines.
Look past the Irish accent and you’ll discover that Alastair McLeod is one proud Australian. The much-loved chef and TV personality has roots deeply entrenched in far north Queensland: his grandfather hailed from Erub Island in the eastern Torres Strait. His mother, Faye McLeod, was raised on a remote cane farm in the tropics before travelling the world as an accomplished jazz performer and actress.
Alastair was born in Belfast, the son of a proud Northern Irish man, and grew up through the height of ‘The Troubles’ conflict in the region.
Being part of such a multicultural family, Alastair was encouraged to experience a large range of cuisines and a career in cooking ensued. His experience in the kitchen is extensive; he’s worked at Michelin listed restaurants across the world, including ‘Roscoff’ in Belfast and ‘Da Giovanni’ in Torino, Italy.
After his classical training in Europe, Alastair decided to follow in the steps of his forefathers and chose Queensland as his home.
His Australian tenures have included roles as executive chef at Brisbane stalwarts ‘Baguette’ and ‘Brett’s Wharf Restaurant’. He then established ‘Tank Restaurant and Bar’ in Brisbane’s CBD that was named in Australia’s hot 50 restaurants two years running, achieved 17/20 in the Courier Mail, 4/5 in The Australian and a coveted chef’s hat.
More recently, Alastair launched Al’FreshCo; his own business that provides small and large scale catering to private and corporate clients.