Robert McWhinnie, a creative type, is taking up the pans at Little Jean. An international downhill long-board racer (former Australian champion and top 10 world cup rider in 2014), he first met Chris, the owner and Executive Chef, in 2005 when he took up an apprenticeship at the Golden Sheaf Bistro. While traversing the globe skating down ravines, he fell in love with the South American dining scene as it was a conduit to meeting and connecting with people. Since then, he has worked in a bevy of fine dining rooms refining his culinary repertoire and indulging his love of seafood. A dish he has brought to the Little Jean is the whole flounder served with spinach, grapes, caviar and snow pea butter.
Jeff worked with us back in the day when we ran the kitchen at the Golden Sheaf so he’s no newbie to the hospo world. Nevertheless, working side by side with him at Little Jean opened our eyes to the wonder that is Jeff; quick smart we realised that everyone respected and trusted him, that he was kind, curious and considerate in all his dealings with people and clearly, he was quite the young professional. It’s hard to find people who embody all the values we want Little Jean to be associated with and remembered for so we didn’t hesitate in asking him to become a fully-fledged front of house manager at Little Jean. And he said, ‘yes!’ BOOM.
Meet Ben, our SUPERVISOR. A well spoken English gent with big hair and questionable shirts, he has been with us since our inception. We already knew Ben from local Bondi Japanese gem Raw Bar, where he was the assistant manager for 4 years, and we were delighted when he joined the team.
As well as over 10 years in hospitality, Ben brings a wealth of experience from a diverse background. Ben’s past career was in the entertainment industry, as an artist manager and producer of live events having been 2IC at Sydney Comedy Festival as well as working with some of the UK’s most famous stand-up comedians.
Dine with us at night with a clean conscience, knowing that many of our vegetable scraps go un-wasted, instead finding their way into the belly of Ben’s free-range rabbit Mrs. Lettuce.
Meet the Baristas at Little Jean. From left to right - Gabe, Sarah and Bryce. Their knowledge of coffee is apparent and contagious. Bryce says - "I've traveled to South America to visit coffee plantations and have spent the past 6 years perfecting the art of coffee making. It is one of my greatest passions". Come by and say hi to the Little Jean Barista team.