ABOUT OUR CHEFS
Casula Powerhouse Director Craig Donarski (on the left) with our Chef's Federico (next to Craig) and Steven (on the right).
Federico Rekowski: with over 18 years’ experience, Cordon Bleu-trained Head Chef Federico Rekowski has transformed Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre’s Bellbird Dining & Bar restaurant from a basic café to a contemporary fine dining restaurant that draws on culinary inspirations and influences ranging from French, Asian and South American cuisine. The main focus of Bellbird is showcasing locally-sourced, seasonal produce through simple and delicious recipes. Federico spent 11 years working at Parramatta’s finest restaurant, Courtney’s Brasserie where he transformed the already successful and popular restaurant to one of the 3 most sustainable restaurants in NSW as well as achieving and maintaining a One Hat Award by the Gault & Millau Australia as well as a score of 14.5 in the SMH Good Food Guide.
Steven Pham: over the last 9 years, Bellbird’s Sous Chef, Steven Pham has worked in some of Sydney’s finest restaurants, including Caféish (the Japanese/Australian fusion named SMH’s best café in Surry Hills) Fish Face Restaurant (the popular One Hat Seafood Restaurant working with chef Stephen Hodges) and Courtney’s Brasserie, one of Parramatta’s finest restaurants. Bellbird Dining & Bar is the second restaurant Steven has worked along with Head Chef Federico Rekowski, where together they draw inspiration from their different heritages using locally sourced seasonal produce blending French, Asian and South American cuisines to create delicious culinary adventures.