Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa has a long-term reputation as one of the most highly awarded places for food and wine in the Snowy Mountain region of New South Wales.
Not content to rest on its laurels, the resort has appointed internationally-acclaimed chef Jean-Michel Gerst to the new role of Food and Beverage Director.
“Over the years, Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa has won many awards for its dining experiences, but it’s time to up the ante to continue to bring our guests the very best,” said Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa General Manager Anthony Cleary.
Mr Cleary said that more than 4000 previous guests were surveyed on the quality of dining experiences at the resort.
“The research showed we have been doing many things right but that it was imperative to keep abreast with ever-changing food and beverage food trends and continue showcase the world-class produce available in the Snowy Mountains region.
“Jean-Michel is an accomplished and talented chef and restauranteur. His vast international experience and relentless dedication to customer service makes him a valuable addition to our team,” said Mr Cleary.
“He is passionate about food and creating special dining experiences and his creativity will help take the already high-level of food and beverage at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa to world-class standards.”
Jean-Michael hails from Alsace in France and has worked and lived in Australia for more than 20 years.
From a young age, Jean-Michel was always helping in the kitchen at home, his mother and grandfather both being chefs before him. Starting his apprenticeship at a 2-star Michelin restaurant was a dream come true and a fabulous opportunity to learn about every aspect of French cuisine.
Travelling and working his way around the world saw Jean-Michel work in kitchens from Switzerland, the Channel Islands and Thailand, finally arriving at the Dorchester in London where he worked for Anton Mossiman at The Terrace restaurant.
Shortly afterwards, he relocated to Australia, where he worked for Herbert Franchesini at the Brisbane Hilton, responsible for the Hilton’s fine dining establishment, Victoria’s and involved in the Hilton’s annual master classes.
In 2000, Jean-Michel moved to Thredbo to take up the role of Executive Chef at the Thredbo Alpine Hotel where Jean-Michel’s talents were showcased in the winemaker’s dinners and, of course, his favourite celebration, Bastille Day.
More recently, Jean-Michel and his wife Georgie established their own restaurant in Thredbo, Jean-Michel at the Knickerbocker, which received great reviews and awards, including a highly sought-after 14.5/20 in the 2016 Good Food Guide.