Nicky Riemer is taking over Junction’s kitchen in the second instalment of Junction’s Chef Takeover series.
Date. Friday 5 May 2017
Drinks at bar prices
It’s sure to be a sellout event so don’t miss this wonderful opportunity. Tickets strictly limited.
Junction is an over 18 venue at all times and requires smart casual dress.
Any woman who advocates that: “salt, butter and extra virgin olive oil make the world go round” is a woman worth knowing.
Melbourne-girl Nicky Riemer grew up in hospitality… a hotelier as a father, being around waiters, chefs and bartenders was the norm.
A degree studying chemical engineering was cut short when Nicky realised it was hospitality that held her full attention. Having always loved food herself and realising what dining out offered people, she sought advice from the chefs around her and was soon attending culinary trade school and pushing through the ranks of an apprenticeship.
Her first role, at Stephanie’s in Hawthorn, under the guidance of Stephanie Alexander, kick-started her career. Nicky went on to open Richmond Hill Café and Larder (with Stephanie) as Head Chef.
From there she went on to work at Mecca in Southgate, before opening Mecca Bah at Docklands with Cath Claringbold, where she met friend and now business partner, Adam Cash.
Following the success of Mecca Bah, Nicky went on to be the only female head chef at Langton’s Restaurant. From here she was head-hunted for her role as executive chef at H-One in Hong Kong. Missing Australia, she moved back to Melbourne to take up the head chef role for the launch of CBD Italian diner Trunk and then at Karen Martini’s The Melbourne Wine Room.
For the past six years, her and Adam owned and operated Union Dining in Melbourne’s Richmond which offered a European provincial dining experience that evokes traditional brasseries and trattorias. Union Dining received back to back hats from The Age Good Food Guide in 2015 and 2016.