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All About The Food With Nick Whitehouse

30 November 2016
Read Time: 1.8 mins

The executive chef at the Epping club’s new fine-dining restaurant Rawsons brings a wealth of experience from fine restaurants around the world.

Where were you born?

I was born in England and grew up in Torbay, South Devon. Even as I child I had an urge to cook and often pictured myself with a food truck travelling across Europe. 

Torquay harbour south devon Torquay Harbour is in Torbay, South Devon, where Nick grew up. (Image: Getty)

When did you realise food was your passion?

I realised I loved food when I first saw ‘that look’; it’s the look of pleasure and surprise when you cook for someone and surpass their expectations.

Where are the coolest places you have cooked a meal?

I’ve cooked all around the world, including in London, France, Holland, the Maldives, Thailand, on a multi-millionaire’s luxury yacht, and at Michelin-starred restaurants, including the three-Michelin-star La Tante Claire under Pierre Koffman.


nick whitehouse celebrity chef Nick Whitehouse in his Sydney restaurant, Rawson. (Image: iStock)


Why do you love what you do?

I love my job because it allows me the flexibility to be experimental. 

Where are your favourite destinations in Europe?

Some of my favourite destinations in Europe include the south of France, San Sebastian in Spain and the beachfront in Torbay (South Devon), because they all represent relaxing food memories.

Where did you have a great meal last time you were in Europe?

 Last time I went to Europe I visited Hawksmoor restaurant and Dinner by Heston. It’s amazing to see how top chefs are busting conservatism to create flavours that will blow you away.

san sebastian harbour from above San Sebastian is always Nick's dream food destination. (Image: Getty)

Where is your dream destination?

My next dream destination is always San Sebastian. Tucking into beautiful seafood pasta paired with a craft beer overlooking the ocean is my idea of heaven.

Visit Rawsons at The Epping Club in Sydney to experience some of Nick Whitehouse’s signature dishes. 

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Tatyana Leonov

Tatyana Leonov is a travel writer and editor who is based in Sydney (when she's not on the road). She covers everything from off the beaten track to luxury travel and believes you can find inspiration anywhere if you look hard enough.