August 2017. Ben Williamson, Gerard's Bistro, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.

Export Fresh is very excited to bring you our very first Queensland "Petite Bouche Chef Of The Month". First up is the extremely talented Ben Williamson. He is the Head Chef and owner of Gerard's Bistro in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.

HEAD CHEF BEN WILLIAMSON

HEAD CHEF BEN WILLIAMSON

Hidden down James Street laneway much like a Middle Eastern Bazaar, Gerard's Bistro is a hidden treasure and an indulgent experience for food enthusiasts alike. 

CHICKEN BREATS, OYSTER MUSHROOM, EPOISSES, PERILLA, RED ELK & YARROW

CHICKEN BREATS, OYSTER MUSHROOM, EPOISSES, PERILLA, RED ELK & YARROW

PETITE BOUCHE BLUSH SALAD TURNIP

PETITE BOUCHE BLUSH SALAD TURNIP

PETITE BOUCHE MIXED FLOWERS  

PETITE BOUCHE MIXED FLOWERS

 

The Petite Bouche Blush Turnips are first class. I also find the quality of their edible flowers fantastic with actual taste.
— Ben Williamson
FLAME TAIL SNAPPER, ONION CONSOMME, BURNT GARLIC, BABY TURNIP & PIZZO.

FLAME TAIL SNAPPER, ONION CONSOMME, BURNT GARLIC, BABY TURNIP & PIZZO.

FROZEN SHEEPS YOGHURT, RASPBERRY, PISATCHIO, TARRAGON & SORREL

FROZEN SHEEPS YOGHURT, RASPBERRY, PISATCHIO, TARRAGON & SORREL

LAMB COLLAR, CHARRED EGGPLANT, MUSTARD LEAVES, STRIDOLO & MUSHROOM VINEGAR

LAMB COLLAR, CHARRED EGGPLANT, MUSTARD LEAVES, STRIDOLO & MUSHROOM VINEGAR

Since opening Gerard's it has received multiple accolades and notable mentions from various reputable publications including Australian Gourmet Travelle, The weekend Australians Hot 50, Financial Revie – Best Restaurant Queensland.  Most recently Ben was awarded Chef of the Year in the 2017 Queensland Good Foo Guide and the bistro picked up its second chef’s hat.

THE GERARD'S BISTRO TEAM GETTING READY FOR SERVICE

THE GERARD'S BISTRO TEAM GETTING READY FOR SERVICE

You have to have the right personality and drive to fit in into a kitchen team.
— Ben Williamson

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