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Meet Our Head Chef

Meet our Head Chef of Forrester’s & Phylli’s, Laura Tello

New to the Applejack family, Laura is excited to bring her creative flare to the menus at Forrester’s.

Laura was born and grew up in Mexico where she first discovered her love of food. She grew up in the kitchen learning to cook with her mother and grandmother and developed a love for the tastes, flavours, and traditional dishes from her h0me town. When Laura turned 18 and finished school, she started cheffing and teaching in a cooking school in Mexico City.

She fell in love with the rush of being in the kitchen. Laura spent 4 m0nths in Spain to expand her culinary knowledge where she learnt new style of cooking and worked with some amazing chefs who mentored her skills.

Laura moved to Australia when she turned 25 to continue her passion for cooking in a new environment. She was working in restaurants in Darling Harbour, before joining the Applejack team as Head Chef of Forrester’s Surry Hills.

Alongside The Butler Head Chef Amber Doig the pair have curated a menu designed to be a fresh take on pub food that’s been guided by the Americas – North, Central and Southern. Laura has brought Mexican influences from her home town to the menu as well including her favourite dish Molletes Mexicanos (cheese melt, grilled chorizo, frijoles refrit0s and avocado) bringing her back to her childhood.

View the full menu, pop by for a feast and be sure to say hi to Laura and the kitchen team!