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Andrew McConnell

Andrew McConnell

Andrew McConnell was born and bred in Melbourne where he also apprenticed under four different chefs during the 1980s “all very unique in their style, their delivery”, an experience he says “is actually really important”. This was followed by a unique experience working in Hong Kong and Shanghai where he learnt very useful lessons about the “Chinese use of texture” in cooking.

Having worked abroad in Europe and Asia, Andrew McConnell has ultimately made a name for himself in Melbourne where he was born and raised. His experience in London, Hong Kong and Shanghai has influenced his independent restaurant endeavours back home in Australia.

Andrew has a huge fan base in Melbourne, having twice been honoured Chef of the Year by The Age.

McConnell’s previous restaurants include Three, One, Two, Mrs Jones and Diningroom 211. He currently resides as Executive Chef and Owner of five Melbourne restaurants situated in remarkably diverse Melbourne districts, each with their own distinct character. Award winning Cumulus Inc. and Cutler &Co. were opened in the space of one year, while Golden Fields was not far behind; each establishment is spaciously designed with distinctive architecture and food that fits the environs.

These were followed by the Builders Arms Hotel and Supernormal.

Everything Andrew touches seems to turn to gold these days as Cumulus Inc. is a chefs hat award winner three years and running; Cutler and Co. follows suit and has also won the prestigious Gourmet Traveller Restaurant of the Year 2011 distinction. Golden Fields launched with immediate recognition, earning the 2012 Age Good Food Guide Best New Restaurant to its acclaim.