French-born Guillaume Brahimi is one of Australia’s most popular and acclaimed chefs. He trained under Michelin-starred chef Joel Robuchon in Paris before moving to Sydney in the 1990s.In late 2001, Guillaume won the prestigious contract to take over the flagship restaurant at the Sydney Opera House, Bennelong, and, after a refurbishment, opened this spectacular venue in November 2001 as Guillaume at Bennelong.
The restaurant went on to win almost every major accolade in Australian food, as well as international recognition. It was named by Conde Nast Traveller as one of the top 50 new restaurants in the world and by 2003 held Two Chef Hats in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide as well as its Best New Restaurant and Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant of the Year and is currently ranked 11th restaurant in Australian Gourmet Traveller’s Top 100.
In 2013, Guillaume and his team regained their three- hat status in the 2014 Sydney Morning Herald Good FoodGuide, and Guillaume was awarded Vittoria Legend Award for his outstanding longterm contribution to the restaurant industry.Guillaume at Bennelong had its last service on New Year’s Eve 2013 and Brahimi and his acclaimed team opened their new restaurant, Guillaume, in August 2014. Located in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs in Paddington, in the historic former site of Darcy’s restaurant, Guillaume continues the high standard of service and food they became renowned for in their 12 years at Bennelong.
In 2009 Guillaume formed a partnership with Crown Entertainment Complex (Melbourne) and open Bistro Guillaume. The restaurant won Best New Restaurant in both the Gourmet Traveller 2009 Restaurant Guide and The Age Good Food Guide and has held one hat since 2012. In September 2012, Guillaume opened his second Bistro Guillaume in Crown Perth, which also won one hat in 2013. Guillaume’s partnership with Crown Melbourne developed further in 2013 when he was appointed Culinary Director for the next three years, alongside Neil Perry.
In 2010, Guillaume authored his first book, Guillaume: Food for Friends, and in 2012 published his second book, French Food Safari, a celebration of the incredible breadth and diversity of French food traditions that was also a television series on SBS.
Guillaume is the ambassador for Samsung Electronics Australia, Tefal and most recently Audi Australia. Guillaume’s collaboration with Samsung Electronics sees him showcase its range of home appliances in Australia and appear as the face of its new built-in cooking range. As ambassador for Tefal, Guillaume has launched its new Heritage Cookware range and asserted the brands high performance cooking credentials.
Guillaume is also renowned for his huge commitment to several charities. He is an active board member of The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse and the Bestest Foundation, and also participated in the 2013 and 2014 Sydney to Hobart aboard the Perpetual Loyal Foundation yacht, which raised a significant amount for charity. His new book, Guillaume: Food for Family, was released in October 2015, featuring the families of Cate Blanchett, Justin Hemmes, Mark Bouris and Kellie Hush amongst others, with proceeds being donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF).
In late 2014, Guillaume was a recipient of the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Merite (Knight of the National Order), a prestigious honour endowed by the French government for outstanding services rendered to France in Foreign Affairs and International Development.
He was also named GQ magazine’s Chef of the Year for 2015. Guillaume plans to open a new Bistro Guillaume in Sydney’s CBD in early 2016.