Agnes Restaurant Head Chef Calls It Quits, Passing Torch to Sous Chef

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Brisbane’s acclaimed Agnes restaurant has a new head chef taking over the stoves after the recent resignation of Alex Gregg, who led the eatery to be named Australian Restaurant of the Year in 2023.

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Gregg departs after an impressive three year tenure at Agnes, located in Fortitude Valley. Under his guidance, the cosy 87-seat woodfired bistro was elevated to the pinnacle of fine dining in Australia. 

Gregg crafted unique dishes all prepared using fire, smoke and flame. His beef tartare, wagyu, and duck plates drew particular acclaim.

Head chef, Alex Gregg (right) with group pastry chef, Danny Rahilly (Photo credit: Agnes Restaurant/Facebook)

Gregg expressed what an amazing experience it was to lead the Agnes kitchen and achieve such honours in his time there. However, he and his partner decided a move to the coast was best for them now, leading to his difficult resignation.

Gregg previously honed his skills at the esteemed MoVida restaurant in Melbourne before relocating to Queensland in 2021. He said he leaves Agnes very proud of all he accomplished, finishing on a high note as the country’s premier restaurant. Though he has no concrete plans yet, Gregg mentioned he is interested in running a smaller establishment on the Gold Coast next.

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Now taking over head chef duties at Agnes is Ryan Carlson, formerly the sous chef. Carlson draws inspiration from Fergus Henderson, whom he worked under at the acclaimed St John in London. That stint remains a career highlight for Carlson, providing invaluable experience alongside star chefs in one of the world’s top restaurants.

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Carlson also credits his mentor Ben Williamson, Agnes’ executive chef, for pushing him to excel. In his spare time, Carlson enjoys charcuterie and sausage making. He feels ready to continue Agnes’ success, with Gregg offering praise and confidence in Carlson’s abilities to carry the torch.

Published 30-January-2024