Chef Andrew McGie
Andrew has worked across International borders, in some of the most renowned kitchens in the luxury industry. From catering to Richard Branson’s guests on Necker Island to Head Chef at the 7-star Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, Andrew has more than a few tricks up his sleeve.
Immersing himself amongst diverse cultures and cuisines, Andrew has perfected his culinary skills and developed his global etiquette. His keen eye for premium product selection and flawless memory for recalling even the most intricate of recipes, positions him as the very best man for the Director of Restaurants and Bars of Ascua.
Andrew started off at the majestic fine-dining Watermark Restaurant in Sydney, clustered amongst the exclusive Balmoral District overlooking the Sydney Harbour. He was promoted to Head Pastry Chef at this one hat restaurant in 2002.
Working under critically acclaimed Chef, Pascal Proyart, at the 5* Sheraton Park Tower in the United Kingdom, Andrew specialised in French inspired contemporary seafood cuisine. In 2005 the 3 AA rosette restaurant was nominated for Best Seafood Restaurant in London by Hardens.
Moving from the Sheraton, Andrew established himself as the Senior Sous Chef at Babylon, Roof Gardens in Kensington, UK. A 2 AA rosette restaurant (Virgin Limited Edition), Andrew managed 14 kitchen staff, and in 2007 was awarded the prize for contributing ideas that attributed to the success of Virgin Resorts Ltd. Following this award, Andrew was chosen to cater for a Virgin Director conference of 70 VIP’s at stunning Necker Island, owned by Sir Richard Branson.
Following his wife’s appointment to a new role in the United Arab Emirates, Andrew began work at the 7-star Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi in July 2008. Head Chef of four of the luxury restaurants at the Hotel, Andrew was a nominated finalist for ‘Chef of the Year’ Award at the prestigious Gourmet Abu Dhabi awards in 2010. Andrew’s appetite for international cuisine still not sated, Andrew was appointed Head Chef of the award winning 5-star luxury resort, The Conrad, in beautiful Quinto do Lago Portugal, in June 2013.