Meet our team at TheFork: Elliott Gwynne-Jones

13 January 2022
Elliott Gwynne-Jones

Meet Elliott Gwynne-Jones, State Business Development Manager (VIC) at TheFork Australia. 

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

I loved cooking with my grandmother and then developed into a budding little chef, often preparing meals for my parents/family to enjoy upon their return from work. I guess I liked the idea of being a chef, but would never have survived in the searing heat and long hours they do in London and elsewhere!

Tell us a little about your career progression to this point:

I’ve worked in almost every area of hospitality in varying positions over the last 17 years. My first job was in a family-owned fine-dining restaurant as waiter, then promoted to supervisor, before entering restaurant management. I moved to Australia 7 years ago. I worked for the last 6.5 years in events, catering and accommodation management in addition to restaurant support and staff training management.

Why did you join TheFork?

I’ve wanted to move to Melbourne for a while now and have heard many positive reviews from friends and former colleagues who also work at TheFork. I think there’s great opportunity to expand our presence in Melbourne and Victoria as a whole. Having evenings and weekends off doesn’t hurt either!

What is your favourite restaurant?

I’m a little biased, but I have to say Gaucho Restaurant in London, where I used to work. They’re famous for having the most amazing Argentinian steaks - the best steak I’ve ever tasted anywhere in the world, plus a 100-plus-bottle wine list to choose from!

Tell us about your best ever food-related experience?

As a kid I always loved the theatre of food and fire, family BBQs, lighting the fire and waiting for the coal to go from burning red to gentle grey and anything flambé-ed was always fun- Baked Alaska, Christmas Pudding, Crêpe Suzette…

Which 4 individuals living or dead, would you like to eat dinner with the most?

Julia Child – I love French cuisine and she did attend the Cordon Bleu!
King Henry VIII of England – historic feast!
Dawn French (British comedian) – because I love a good laugh!
(I know this one is a risky one…) Adolf Hitler- so I could give him fatal food poisoning somehow before he did any damage…

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