Darren Robertson is a chef. This Hertfordshire-born Brit blends rock-solid cooking credentials with a ‘real food’ philosophy.
Having trained in Michelin starred restaurants, Darren then became one of the originals of the Pop up guerrilla dining movement in Australia. Now a passionate advocate of farm-to-table cooking, Darren champions sustainability and using ethically farmed produce.
Darren was trained in the UK under acclaimed Chef Mark Raffan at the Michelin starred ‘Gravetye Manor’. Planting the seed for his beliefs he learnt classic techniques using produce picked from the restaurant’s own garden.
Moving to Australia in 2001 his skills were further honed working at globally acclaimed Sydney institution ‘Tetsuya’s’. Rising to the position of Head Chef, the restaurant held three chefs hats and was voted the 5th best restaurant in the world in 2007.
Ready for change, Darren set up a guerilla-style dining experiences called ‘The Table Sessions’. Cooking at Farmers markets and curating pop up events around Sydney. These secret, underground affairs were awarded Best Event 2011 by Australian Gourmet Pages.
With the time ripe for Darren to set up his own business he joined forces with several like-minded mates at ‘Three Blue Ducks’, a humble café in the relaxed beach suburb of Bronte.
Now as a chef and co-owner he could co create dishes that represented his ethical food practice philosophies. Three Blue Ducks has received multiple accolades including one hat in the 2015 Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide. With that success three more Blue Ducks have been born, One in Rosebery Sydney, the other in Byron Bay at ‘The Farm’ where Darren and his fellow ducks were named the 2015 ‘Regional Restaurant of the Year’ by Gourmet Traveller. And most recently at W Brisbane.
In 2017 Darren opened "Rocker" in North Bondi, a European style coastal eatery over looking Bondi beach. Rocker has since earned 4 out of 5 from Delicious Magazine and featured in their top 100 restaurants.
Darren has co produced Lifestyle Food’s ‘Darren Robertson’s Charcoal Kitchen’. He was also co-host of Channel Ten’s ‘Recipe to Riches’, has appeared on MasterChef, Iron Chef USA, The Great Australian cook book and a guest judge on MKR.
Darren is the co author of three cookbooks has regularly contributed for SMH Spectrum Mag and Delicious.
He is an Ambassador for the Australian Cancer Council, Oz Harvest and sits on the judging panel for the Australian Delicious Produce awards.
When he’s not foraging or surfing, he’s in the kitchen cooking, fermenting, pickling, and testing recipes with his fiancée - meteorologist, journalist, TV presenter and food author, Magdalena Roze and sons Archie and Charlie.