Chef Ian Curley to lead Ovolo’s culinary experiences

Ian Curley will work alongside Shannon Martinez among others to oversee Ovolo's culinary experiences.

Ovolo Hotels has appointed chef Ian Curley as Group Creative Culinary Partner for Australia.

Owner of French Saloon and Kirks Wine Bar and previously consulting for both The Melbourne Racing Club and Craig’s Royal Hotel in Ballarat, Curley’s signature style is European fare of the highest quality, with classic French underpinnings.

“It’s the best role I could have asked for,” he said. “Working with and mentoring a fantastic team of young and passionate chefs across Ovolo’s restaurants and collaborating alongside the talented Shannon Martinez, Matthew Kenney, and Roy Ner, they are considered some of the best in their fields.”

Curley will oversee and guide the entire kitchen operation for Ovolo within Australia including Monster Kitchen and Bar in Canberra, The Inchcolm Bar in Brisbane, whilst continue working with Shannon Martinez on the recently launched Lona Misa in Melbourne.

He will also work alongside Creative Culinary Consultants Roy Ner, who guides the culinary direction for ZA ZA TA Bar & Kitchen in Brisbane, and Mathew Kenney who leads the vegan initiative behind Alibi Bar and Kitchen in Sydney.

“We know Ian will set the stage to take Ovolo’s dining experiences to the next level in this broader role through developing new food concepts that align with our ethos of ethical eating, conscious cuisine and local sourced produce as well as provide support and mentoring to our passionate chefs across Australia,” said Wayne Taranto, Ovolo’s Director of Operations Australia.