Fourteen top Sydney chefs and the Strode family are hosting a fundraising dinner to pay tribute to the late chef Jeremy Strode.
The loss of the much-loved Sydney chef (Fish Shop, Bistrode) – who took his own life last year, and was himself an ambassador of suicide prevention charity RUOK – shone a light on broader mental health issues impacting Australia’s high-pressure professional kitchens.
“Jeremy was such a kind and quietly thoughtful man. He was a friend and mentor to many at Merivale [where he worked], always so generous in sharing his exceptional talent,” says Merivale’s Justin Hemmes in an official statement.
The British-born chef started his cooking career at 14 and, by 24, was working for renowned French chef Michel Roux at his three-Michelin-star Waterside Inn at Bray in Berkshire. He moved to Melbourne in 1992, where he became part of the Brit Pack push that shaped the city’s dining scene in the 1990s.
Strode then moved to Sydney in 2002 with his wife Jane where he took over the reins of Crown Street’s MG Garage. The couple then opened Bistrode, in the space now occupied by Bar Ume, in Surry Hill’s Bourke Street, known for its deft touch in using seasonal ingredients simply.
The well-loved Strode worked for 27 years in Australia’s food industry and became known as “The Truth” for his honest approach to cooking. He was an avid mentor to generations of young chefs and was known for his warmth, patience and eagerness to share his knowledge and skill.
The dinner will be hosted by hosted by ABC’s Simon Marnie.
The full line up:
Colin Fassnidge (4Fourteen)
Dan Hong (Mr Wong)
Dan Hunter (Brae)
Danielle Alvarez (Fred’s)
Darren Robertson (Three Blue Ducks / Rocker)
Jonathan Thorne (The Newport)
Lorraine Godsmark (Lorraine’s Patisserie)
Mark La Brooy (Three Blue Ducks)
Martin Benn (Sepia)
Morgan McGlone (Belles Hot Chicken / Natural History Bar and Grill)
Peter Doyle (Est.)
Tickets are $300 each or $3000 for a table of ten. All proceeds raised on the night will go towards supporting Strode’s wife Jane and their sons. Book here.
The fundraising dinner will be held at Ivy Ballroom on Tuesday March 27.