René originates from Nantes in France, and has worked for fourteen years in two of London's pre-eminent 5-Star "Institutions" – The Grosvenor House and the InterContinental - where he held the position of Executive Sous Chef. In 1986 he won the Roux Scholarship.
This award gave René the opportunity to work in three of Europe's 3 Michelin-starred restaurants, under three of Europe's culinary legends - Joel Robuchon, Michel Roux and Emile Jung.
René arrived in Melbourne in June 1998 at Melbourne's 5 star Sofitel, where he was Chef de Cuisine at their award winning dining venue "Le Restaurant". He was jointly responsible for the achievement of Australia's "Best Fine Dining Restaurant" Award, won two years consecutively.
René moved to Armidale in August 1999 after being invited by the proprietor of Lindsay House to become a "quasi"-partner in the development, planning and direction of the restaurant and catering businesses. Whilst at Lindsay House the following awards were won: New England Regional Awards for Excellence 2000: Restaurant of the Year;Caterer of the Year and Best Modern Australian Restaurant
New South Wales Regional Awards for Excellence 2001: Caterer of the Year
René on the Mews, Moore Street, Armidale was opened in March 2003 and has gone from strength to strength, offering top quality produce and gourmet food at affordable prices.
1986: René Pauvert
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