Fraser’s Restaurant Group Executive Chef Chris Taylor oversees six unique venues in Perth – Fraser’s (Kings Park), BWG Steakhouse (Applecross), The Old Brewery (Swan River foreshore), Indiana (Cottesloe Beach), and the Botanical Café (Kings Park).
He is recognised as a leading chef within Perth and Australia and is known internationally for his promotion and use of Western Australian produce. He travels extensively educating chefs and providores of the quality of produce available from Western Australia and is frequently employed to promote the very best that WA has to offer through cooking demonstrations, high profile dinners and gala events.
Chris’s driving force to produce innovative dishes from market fresh West Australian produce stems from belief that using the best local produce available and buying astutely from trusted suppliers is the best recipe of all.
The art of brewing! Part science, part craft – Perth boy Mark Reilly realised where his passion lay early in life and worked towards his dream by first completing his Micro Brewery Management & Marketing degree at Edith Cowan University.
The practical application of his studies saw young Mark experimenting with brews at home following the styles of various internationally renowned beers.
Having quickly formed a keen following amongst family and friends, Mark moved into commercial scale brewing, gaining invaluable experience in the Swan Valley, building his brewing credentials at Ironbark and Duckstein breweries. With degree in hand he joined Elmar’s in the Swan Valley where he became the sole operator of Elmar’s pristine, German-engineered Joh Albecht microbrewery. Mark then was involved in the set-up of Mash Brewing before taking over the role of Head Brewer at The Old Brewery.
Within a year Mark’s tireless dedication saw The Old Brewery recognised as “Australia’s Best New Exhibitor” in the 2009 Australian International Beer Awards. Since then the gongs just keep on coming, with Gold, Silver and Bronze medal awards coming from state, national and international beer shows. Such is his commitment to the brewing he is actively involved with both National and International craft brewing associations committed to educating the public and hospitality industry about the pleasurable possibilities of craft brewed beer.
Almost any day of the week at The Old Brewery you’re able to glimpse Mark busily working just behind the scenes, as he carefully and lovingly brings new brews into the world. He has to work fast, because such is the demand for his award winning beers that it all goes quickly.
Join one of our fascinating Beef and Beer Masterclasses and learn about the great partnership of beef and beer as you’re taken on a tour of the brewery and shown the secrets of great craft beer making. And yes, you get to taste Mark’s beautiful brews! Then let our Chefs talk you through all the cuts of beef they choose for the Grill – what part of the beast, and the part of the country it comes from, what to look for in a good cut and how to cook it to perfection.