FROM ROCK’N ROLL AND ROYALTY TO THE PACIFIC RIM –
STUART BLAIR JOINS NOVOTEL NEWCASTLE BEACH AS EXECUTIVE CHEF
During his career he has cooked for The Rolling Stones, hosted functions for the Malaysian King and numerous Royal families, and Hollywood stars including Elizabeth Hurley and Anna Thomson.
Now Stuart Blair is about to embark on his next career highlight, joining the Novotel Newcastle Beach as Executive Chef.
Arriving in Australia from Myanmar where he spent the last three years at Pullman Mandalay, Stuart is no stranger to different destinations, having previously worked in Fiji in addition to The Maldives, Malaysia, Seychelles and Bali to name just a few.
He spearheaded the spa and organic cuisine movement, bringing rich Pacific Rim style cooking to the table with each new role, including personal cooking classes for guests and appearances on television cooking shows in Australia, Bali and Singapore.
Novotel Newcastle Beach General Manager Brett Skinner said, “We’re thrilled to welcome Stuart to our hotel, and are confident that his extensive experience in exclusive high-end resorts & hotels will add a rich global flavour to our dining table.
“His casual style and down-to-earth approach in the kitchen will maintain Novotel Newcastle Beach’s modern approach to relaxed, authentic dining experiences for our guests.”
Stuart said, “I am delighted to be back in Australia, and am very impressed with the high quality of ingredients we have to work with in Newcastle, its up-and-coming dining scene and the prospects of the burgeoning industry. I’m looking forward to working with the team to guide them and develop their skills that will grow their culinary experience and knowledge in the kitchen. The talent and enthusiasm of the local kitchen team I have to work with at the hotel will make it that much easier in taking our dining to the next level.”