Andrew McConnell

Andrew McConnell

Author of books such as Supernormal.

Andrew McConnell's Story

Andrew McConnell is one of Australia's most successful and acclaimed restaurateurs, having been named Chef of the Year no fewer than three times since 2007.

He is co-owner of five (!) Top 100 Melbourne restaurants. One of Andrew's restaurants is Supernormal, which was awarded Best New Restaurant 2015 in The Age Good Food Guide, the most renowned local award.

Andrew's cooking blends cultures and continents together. He has been interested in Asian food for as long as he can remember and has cooked it at home for many years. However, professionally, his training and experience was all about classical European cooking. In 1995, he went to live and work in China, and was the head chef in Hong Kong and Shanghai kitchens, cooking European food in upmarket settings but without all the fine dining pomp and ceremony. He stayed for five years, eating Chinese food twice a day and managed a team of 20 to 30 Chinese chefs — three of whom were employed just to cook staff meals.

Having experienced the wonder and variety of Chinese home cooking and street food, this style of food became intrinsic to the way he ate. He set about finding a way to cook Asian food outside Asia — he was conscious of using the best produce; cooking it carefully; using corn starches and fats sparingly; and lightening the recipes without losing their flavour profile. This approach was influenced by Japanese cooking, a cuisine he is particularly fond of. Awareness of the Japanese approach has given him the confidence to know when to stop adding to a dish: "How to make it about essence rather than excess."

Supernormal opened in 2014 and is located in central Melbourne.

Books by Andrew McConnell

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