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Bruno Loubet

Bruno was born in Bordeaux, southwest France, in 1961. He attended the Lycée Hotelier de Talence, which led to his first job as a Commis Chef at the Hyatt Regency in Brussels. After commencing National Service as Head Chef for the Admiral’s table, he earned the rank of Second Maitre. Moving to London in 1982, he embarked on a Commis Chef role at La Tante Claire with Pierre Koffmann, and then on to Gastronome One, in the New Kings Road, as Head Chef where he was awarded the 1985 Good Food Guide’s Young Chef of the Year.

Bruno then joined Raymond Blanc in Oxford as Head Chef at the two Michelin-starred Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, and then moved as Chef/Manager to Le Petit Blanc, in Oxford. He returned to London as Head Chef at the Four Seasons, Inn on the Park, where he earned a Michelin star within a year. In 1992 Bruno went into partnership with Pierre Condou, opening Bistrot Bruno in Soho, which earned The Times Restaurant of the Year in 1993. Following the success of Bistrot Bruno, he opened L’Odeon in 1995, which was awarded The Times Restaurant of the Year in the following year. In 1997, Bruno ended his partnership to consult for various restaurants in the UK and Asia.

In 1998, Bruno joined Gruppo with Oliver Peyton, as Development Chef, where he was responsible for maintaining the standards for The Atlantic Bar and Grill, Mash (London and Manchester), Coast, The Admiralty and setting up Isola to great acclaim. He then decided on a lifestyle change, and moved his family to Brisbane, Australia, where he opened Bruno’s Tables, which earned two Gourmet Traveller stars in 2005, Good Life Chef of the Year 2004, and Restaurant and Catering Best Chef-owned restaurant in 2003. Bruno also wrote a regular weekly food column for the Brisbane News, as their resident chef. He then took over at Berardo’s where he achieved two Gourmet Traveller stars and regional restaurant of the year. He then went to Baguette in Brisbane for a short spell before heading back to the UK in 2009.

In February 2010 Bruno opened Bistrot Bruno Loubet at The Zetter Hotel in Clerkenwell with his partners Mark Sainsbury and Michael Banyan. In October 2010 Bistrot Bruno Loubet won the award for highest new entry at number 3 in the UK, at the National Restaurant Awards.

He opened Grain Store in Kings Cross in June 2013 with the same partners. The restaurant focuses on vegetable where it is the star of the menu. The restaurant won Sustainable Restaurant of the year in 2013 and 2015.

He opened Grain Store Café in Gatwick in January 2016 under a franchise agreement with Australian company ARE.

He is now back in Queensland.

He has purchased with his wife Catherine a property an acreage property in the hinterland of the Gold Coast, only 45mns from Brisbane and is building a cooking school attached to an extensive vegetable garden.

Bruno is passionate on issues of sustainability and plan to teach what impact our diet could have on the planet and our health while still eating good delicious food.

Bruno has also just opened Seeds at Brisbane Domestic terminal in collaboration with ARE (Airport Retail Enterprise). Seeds by Bruno Loubet taps into consumers' desires to not only eat healthily but to focus on sustainability.

Bruno’s first cookbook, Cuisine Courante, was published in 1992 by Pavilion, and a second book, Bistrot Bruno, in 1995, published by Macmillan. Bruno has done various TV appearances including his own 13-part series, Chez Bruno, for the Carlton Food Network, as well as stints on BBC’s Hot Chefs, Junior MasterChef and Australia’s The Great South East. He has also appeared on Saturday Kitchen and Masterchef UK as a mentor.

He published his third book Mange Tout in 2013 which represents his food journey through his career up to then.

He also had a regular column in Brisbane news for many years.

Bruno is married, with three daughters.

Photographer: Blasius Erlinger

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