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Vasse Felix Appoints New Head Chef

Vasse Felix is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Head Chef for its multi‐award winning restaurant.

Brendan Pratt will join Vasse Felix in late July 2017, leading its team of Chefs, and replaces longstanding Executive Chef Aaron Carr.

Perth‐born and trained, Brendan’s international experience includes positions with Michelin Star Restaurants The Fat Duck and The Ledbury. Since returning to Perth in 2012, Brendan has been employed as an Executive Chef within The Frasers Restaurant Group.

Vasse Felix Owner Paul Holmes à Court said Brendan’s experience, interest in working with wine and passion for the superb local produce of the South‐West made him an excellent candidate to steer the menu in the Vasse Felix Restaurant.

“The Vasse Felix Restaurant was well‐served since 1995 by Aaron Carr. Aaron’s reputation as a talented and experienced chef and an all‐round top bloke is recognised widely within the industry. We looked for similar qualities for his replacement, and have found these in Brendan Pratt, who will relocate from Perth to Margaret River for the position,” Paul Holmes à Court said.

“In recent years, our menu has evolved to consist primarily of local produce, sourced seasonally to complement the Vasse Felix wine collection. Brendan will continue with this focus, supported by our long‐ serving team of Chefs,” Paul continued.

Brendan said the opportunity to work with the South‐West’s outstanding wines and produce in a fine‐dining capacity, in addition to the lifestyle benefits presented by the Margaret River Region drew him to the Vasse Felix position.

“I’ve always been a big fan of Vasse Felix – virtually every visit I have made to Margaret River has included lunch at the Restaurant,” Brendan Pratt said.

“I’m looking forward to uncovering more of the phenomenal local produce being grown in Australia’s South‐ West. Margaret River is one of Australia’s leading culinary destinations, so to take the reins of such a well‐ regarded Chef position is a once‐in‐a‐lifetime opportunity. My wife and I are excited to commence our new life in Margaret River,” Brendan continued.

Consistent awards and accolades received by the Vasse Felix Restaurant include Hot 50 Restaurant – The Australian, Gourmet Traveller Top 100 and #1 Regional Restaurant WA – Gourmet Traveller, Top 100 Restaurant – The Australian Financial Review.

Margaret River’s founding wine estate, Vasse Felix was established in 1967 and is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017. Its Restaurant opened in 1989 and is open for lunch daily.