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Culinary Stars Showcase at Citrique Restaurant

Paul Smart

Paul Smart

Executive Chef, JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa
Paul Smart

Paul Smart

Executive Chef, JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa
Having joined JW Marriott Gold Coast, Paul Smart provides creativity and expertise across all food and beverage venues to deliver exceptional cuisine, whilst also championing the local environment. Sourcing and working
with local producers from across the Sunshine State to create natural and nourishing yet sophisticated menu options. Creator of the Culinary Stars event, Paul has worked in some of the World's top restaurants across three
continents, and achieved multiple awards, including winner of the Iron Chef Thailand TV program in 2012 and 2013.
Dayan Hartill-Law

Dayan Hartill-Law

Executive Chef, HOTA Gallery
Dayan Hartill-Law

Dayan Hartill-Law

Executive Chef, HOTA Gallery
Appointed the Executive Chef of HOTA Gallery in 2020, Dayan Hartill-Law is the driving force behind the dining experience at the Gallery. Throughout his 17 year career Dayan has worked across the globe in some of the world's best fine dining restaurants. Now based on the Gold Coast his passion is finding ingredients within the local area, whether native endemic species, or grown by some of the region's best producers, he ensures the utmost respect is shown to the produce.
Richard Le Deunff

Richard Le Deunff

Chef Pâtissier, Co-Owner and Founder, Aux Fines Bouches
Richard Le Deunff

Richard Le Deunff

Chef Pâtissier, Co-Owner and Founder, Aux Fines Bouches
Aux Fines Bouches first opened its doors in 2007 and was shaped, tempered and baked into the business it is today by sheer passion for fine pâtisserie. Originally from the North of France, Chef Pâtissier Richard spent years honing his skills at prestigious Palace Hotels in Lausanne, Switzerland before migrating to Australia. In the early days supplying cakes to cafés and restaurants across Adelaide before moving to the Gold Coast where he opened his most recent pâtisserie in Burleigh Heads. In 2018, Richard was nominated as Pastry Chef Of The Year by Gault & Millau.
Meyjitte Boughenout

Meyjitte Boughenout

Executive Chef, Glass Dining
Meyjitte Boughenout

Meyjitte Boughenout

Executive Chef, Glass Dining
Executive Chef of Glass Dining & Lounge Bar, the former two-star Michelin chef opened his first Gold Coast business venture Absynthe in 2005. The French native is renowned for his exceptional haute cuisine and for experimenting with flavours and textures, Meyjitte has excellent cooking credentials, having worked at three-Michelin star restaurants L'Auberge du Pere Bise, Restaurant George Blanc and Restaurant Pierre Gagnaire in Paris. The Australian Gourmet Traveller 2010 awarded Absynthe the best regional restaurant in Queensland and ranked it the 37th best restaurant in the country.
Angela Brown

Angela Brown

Sous Chef, JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa
Angela Brown

Angela Brown

Sous Chef, JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa
Following a well-decorated career in the United Kingdom, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Maldives, Angela spent 7 years as Executive Chef in some of the World's most renowned kitchens creating culinary art at the
likes of London's Brasserie Roux before returning to Australia in late 2021. Regional winner of Nestle Golden Chefs Hat and top 5 within Australia, her cultural experience in the kitchen creates a multi-ethnic harmony of tastes and continues to set new culinary benchmarks at every kitchen she enters.
Emir Kusbeci

Emir Kusbeci

Junior Sous Chef, JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa
Emir Kusbeci

Emir Kusbeci

Junior Sous Chef, JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa
Emir is no stranger to luxury properties, with leading culinary roles at both Hilton and Rixos before joining the team at JW Marriott Gold Coast. Completing his apprenticeship in Turkey, Emir attended one of the countries most prestigious culinary schools, learning from multiple Michelin Star recipients. Moving to Australia in 2019, he managed two family restaurants, including an authentic Turkish restaurant in Broadbeach.