They say - behind every great dish is a great chef. It will come as no surprise then that Pollen’s Head Chef, Simon, has a talent for not only for cooking up a storm, but also for making people smile with his friendly and encouraging nature... and occasional wicked sense of humour. We sat down with Simon to get an insight into the person behind Pollen’s great dishes.
Where did you learn to cook?
In Sydney at TAFE for three years. Before that I was in Canberra so I came back to work here after TAFE.
What were you doing before you decided to become a chef?
I was studying Interior Design at university. After I finished the degree I decided I didn’t want to work in that field so I pursued something I really wanted to do, and that was cooking.
What is your favourite dish, either to cook or eat?
An Asian steamed chicken dish with ginger and shallots. Simple. It’s nice, tender and best served with rice.
Tell us about the first time you set foot in a professional kitchen.
The doors swing open and before you the intricate beauty of Pollen unfolds as your eyes dart from colour to detail and then back again.
As your coffee is being prepared, you notice the textured linen of the menu. It’s a blue so deep you’re drawn in and the flash of metallic copper is all that stops you from daydreaming.
Tracy Keeley relishes in the opportunity to transform cafes and curate a feeling within that space. Here she shares her story of the elements involved in creating Pollen.
Over the years I have learned that my style is about incorporating function, versatility and beauty. For me, conveying a vision to an audience is about developing a concept. It lays the foundation for the total sensory experience.
When I look at a commercial space, I appreciate how much planning is required to translate the brand into a physical location. All the elements need to form a constellation that feels harmonious and makes sense to the consumer. Will the food and the plates match the vibe of décor...
It’s been so exciting for us to re-open the ANBG Café’s doors after extensive renovations. You’ll notice things are a little different now and there’s a whole new vibe!
Where once stood a demure kiosk I am proud to welcome you to a space filled with light and beauty. Nestled among native flora, Pollen offers a warm and inviting treat after a stroll through the gardens, a place for friends and family to share a meal and a destination for private dinners, parties and weddings.
We hope you love it as much as we do!
We want to keep sharing Pollen news with you – hence, you are reading the very first post on our brand new blog.
Here, we’ll feature reviews, recipes, style snapshots and tips. We want to share with you all the news and highlights from the wonderful world of Pollen food and wine, staff, people and events. We’ll also let you know what’s happening in the beautiful Botanic Gardens.
I look forward to welcoming you, your family and friends again and again, and inv...