Australian born Simon Gregory started his career at one of Sydney’s most iconic restaurants Catalina in Rose Bay. It was here, through the guidance of restauranteur and owner Michael McMahon and Chef Angel Fernandez where he developed a love and understanding of the hospitality industry.
After three years at Catalina, Simon moved on to work for one of the most reputable and exciting companies in the Australian restaurant business, The Merivale Group, working specifically on restaurants est. and Bistrode CBD during a big growth period for the company.
During this time, Simon was exposed to the great diversity of hospitality, working with global talent to cultivate a home grown brand.
Having worked with a number of British & Irish chefs in Australia, Simon decided to take his experience and move to the UK to further his career. Notably working for the Gordon Ramsay Restaurant group, Simon held the position as Head Chef for Boxwood Café followed by the role as Group Executive Chef overseeing all kitchens in the UK and abroad including supporting opening and established restaurants in the Middle East, US, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Following success at the Ramsay Group, Simon went on to head up the kitchens at the modern and stylish Ace Hotel in Shoreditch. The company ethos and community based social responsibility side of Ace resonated with Simon who spent time developing a weekly cooking club and food program within a school and working to support other East London based food initiatives for children and in schools alike.
Simon is currently taking Bluebird, Chelsea by storm, as he adapts the Restaurant a la carte menu to sway more towards its British heritage, adding dishes such as Roasted cod, almond romesco, chorizo, parsley & olives and Roasted duck breast, pickled girolles, turnip, black cabbage & nasturtium, amongst many others that have already proved to be huge hit amongst with Bluebird customers. Whilst taking on Bluebird, Chelsea and all the areas it consists of, Simon will be an integral part of Bluebird’s big expansion.
With Simon’s previous experience, he is the perfect person to lead the charge of the roll out of the Bluebird brand. D&D’s big excitement for 2018, with the next stop being Bluebird White City then taking it across the pond to New York City. Bluebird is one of the most iconic names in London’s world-leading restaurant scene and with an injection of a new lease of life, after it’s refurbishment in September 2016, it has since has gone from strength to strength therefore making it the perfect time to spread it’s wings.