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Jacques Reymond speaks about his career as a chef

Speaker(s): Jacques Reymond

  • Date recorded: 24 Jul 2012

  • Duration: 5:02

'I love it when a supplier comes in with something new, something different. It gives us an opportunity to create a new dish.'

- Jacques Reymond

About this video

At the end of 2013, Melbourne chef Jacques Reymond closed the renowned restaurant that had borne his name for more than 20 years.

Jacques Reymond, the restaurant, is now no more, so watch the video to admire the opulent decor one more time and see Jacques manning the helm in his busy kitchen.

Join Jacques on a wander down memory lane as he reminisces about his early days working for equally legendary Melbourne restaurateur, the late Mietta O’Donnell.

Jacques also shares his passion for Melbourne’s hospitality industry and Australia’s fine indigenous produce. It’s clear how much he has relished his long career in the kitchen.

This interview is one of a series of videos commissioned for our Gusto! A culinary history of Victoria exhibition. To view pictures from this exhibition, visit our online gallery.


Jacques Reymond discovered his passion for cooking at the age of 11, when he began working in his family’s hotel in Corteaux, France.

His culinary profile extends into every European city, with Burgundy, Paris, South America, Spain and England having been home to this well-known chef. It was Melbourne that appealed most to him, and was where he chose to set down his roots.

After working at Mietta’s, Jacques started his own restaurant in 1992. The Jacques Reymond restaurant was voted one of the best in Victoria, and was the only Victorian restaurant to win the prestigious top awards from The Age Good Food Guide six times in a row.