Since arriving in the Antipodes from his native France in the early 1990s, the name Guillaume Brahimi has become synonymous with culinary excellence in Australia.
His unique style of cuisine, often described as ‘contemporary Australian with French influences’ has captivated Australian diners and critics alike in his various restaurants in Sydney as well as in his other ventures around the country.
Trained under the Michelin-starred Parisian chef Joel Robuchon, Guillaume Brahimi’s unique approach and absolute dedication to perfection, quickly earned him a reputation amongst Sydney’s elite chefs, his first restaurant, Pond, gaining Two Hats from the Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide only months after opening for business.
In 2001, Brahimi won the contract to for the coveted Bennelong restaurant at the city’s famous Opera House, opening as Guillaume at Bennelong that same year to overwhelming popular and critical acclaim, again, quickly receiving Two Hats on its way to securing the ultimate Three Hat award.
Indeed, Guillaume at Bennelong went to garner almost every major award for excellence, receiving acclaim not only in Australia but also being named as one of the finest restaurants in the world, right up until its final service on New Year’s Eve 2013.
In addition, Bistro Guillaume in Melbourne and in Perth are both hatted restaurants, and the French-born chef is Culinary Director with Crown in Melbourne.
In late 2014, Guillaume opened his newest restaurant in Sydney’s Paddington. Simply called Guillaume, it continues his proud tradition of delivering world-class cuisine in the unique Brahimi style.
A tireless supported of charity, he is also an author (the proceeds from his books also going to support charity) as well as writing newspaper and magazine columns and making numerous television appearances.
An avid sportsman whose love of rugby growing up in France sees him passionately supporting the French side in international competition, Guillaume has also competed in the gruelling Rolex Sydney Hobart yacht race.