No.8 By John lawson
Starting his career in the UK, enigmatic young chef John Lawson has since gained a wealth of international experience working with some of the biggest names in the culinary world. He is currently Executive Chef at the Crown flagship restaurant No.8. by John Lawson.
About John Lawson
Brought up in a small town in Essex, John discovered his passion for food as a young man working at his father’s local pub washing dishes. After acquiring his diploma at Westminster College, John’s first experience of a working kitchen was at a family run restaurant in Toulouse, where he cooked dishes using produce from local farms.
In 2002 John took on the role of Commis Chef at the two Michelin starred Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons in the Oxfordshire countryside, where he produced exceptional modern French cuisine under the guidance of Raymond Blanc and Gary Jones. His dedication and professionalism resulted in him rapidly moving up the ranks to become Senior Chef de Partie.
A period as Sous Chef at Aurora in London's five star Great Eastern Hotel then followed, before John relocated to New York to undertake a four month Stage at Daniel, Daniel Boulud’s three Michelin starred fine dining restaurant. It was in New York that John first began working for Gordon Ramsay as part of the team involved with the opening of Gordon Ramsay at The London. He progressed quickly from Chef de Partie to Sous Chef; however, after three years in New York John moved to a more exotic location - Oman - where he worked as a private chef.
In 2010, John relocated to Australia and took on the role of Head Chef at Gordon Ramsay’s Maze Restaurant Melbourne. Following Maze's closure, John led the same premises into a new chapter as Executive Chef of Mr. Hive Kitchen & Bar.
John has now moved onto his next challenge, taking over a coveted riverside location at Crown as Executive Chef of No.8. by John Lawson. In this exciting new role John utilises traditional cooking techniques, contemporary combinations of flavours and a bespoke selection of carefully farmed local produce.
Flowerdale Farm is proud to be growing exclusive produce varieties for No. 8 by John Lawson, which are not commercially available anywhere else in Australia. The new No. 8 menu features the ‘Flowerdale Farm Salad’ a unique dish which contains produce grown specifically for the restaurant. Flowerdale Farm admires No.8's commitment to supporting local growers and we wish John and his team every success with this fantastic new venture.