Zac Cribbes is taking over Junction’s kitchen in the third instalment of Junction’s Chef Takeover series.
Date: Friday 26 April 2019
This is sure to be a sell-out event so don’t miss this wonderful opportunity. Tickets strictly limited – click HERE to purchase.
Junction is an over 18 venue at all times and requires smart casual dress.
Always interested in travel, Zac gave away university and headed to Europe and the Asia. The next four years were trips in and out of Australia living and working abroad. After returning from 8 months living and working in Sweden, Zac walked into Taxi Dining Room, one week after it had won Restaurant Of The Year award and told Michael Lambie that he wanted to work in the best restaurant in the state; that he would work for free if he needed to prove himself.
In 2010 after a four year pseudo-apprenticeship at Taxi Dining Room, Zac decided to see something more moving to Red Hill to work at the brand new Port Philip Estate. Together with the great team, they were ecstatic to gain their first chef’s hat in 2011. In the following year, mentor Michael approached Zac again to launch The Smith in Prahran.
At The Smith, Zac became the head chef with Brad Simpson; together they built a brilliant kitchen and a great team. In 2014, the team launched Lucy Liu together where Zac came on-board as a partner, creating one of Melbourne’s busiest restaurants.
Outside of the kitchen, Zac’s greatest pride is in his family. He lives in the inner north with his wife, Kelly and two daughters; Lola and Ruby.
In the kitchen Zac, finds himself always telling his chefs ‘hot, sour, salty and sweet” when talking about flavour balance and flavour profiles for dishes at Lucy Liu’s.
When asked how to measure a successful restaurant, Zac says, “Success has to be based on how the customers perceive it, and how in turn, busy you are. Focusing on what tastes great first and worrying about how it looks second and always checking in with your customers. Ultimately, it is about hospitality and we should be doing it for them not for ourselves”.
We’re thrilled to welcome Zac to Junction Moama for what is shaping up to be a deliciously memorable event!
(Words taken from Lucy Liu)