Gerhard Wayd

Gerhard Wayd 2019-04-15T14:24:16+10:00

Gerhard started his cooking career with a chefs Apprenticeship in Graz, Austria. He always loved cooking thanks to his Grandmother who was an amazing cook.

After working in a 5 star resort hotel Bad Schonau, which had a hatted fine dining restaurant, followed by a 5 Star Vegetarian Health Resort, which was one of the first for that time in Europe, hthen went to work as a chef with the prestigious Cunard 5 Star Cruise liner Vistafiord. After 2 years at sea he took on a sous chef position at the seafood restaurant ‘Loquats’ in Hamilton Bermuda for 1 year

He then returned to Austria where he became head chef for a winter season at the prestigious Hotel Sandhof at the Winter Sport Resort Lech am Arlberg.

In 1988 Australia needed chefs and Gerhard moved Down Under, working at the 5 star Southern Cross Hotel in Sydney as sous chef, followed by an executive chef position with Spotless Catering on Groote Eylandt, the largest island in the Gulf of Carpentaria in Northern Territory. This presented him with many new catering challenges – working on a remote island, organising 3 kitchens, catering for over 1,000 meals a day whilst heading up a 40-seat fine dining restaurant for overseas clients and visitors. From there Gerhard took on the executive position for the Novotel Lake Crackenback in the Snowy Mountains, which has an award-winning fine dining restaurant.

In 1998 Gerhard changed direction and started with his family a contract catering company. He operated venues like Castlereagh Boutique Hotel in Sydney, Monkey Bar Hotel in Balmain and he worked alongside famous names such as Master Chef Tony Bilson on his fundraising functions and the Hope Estate Winery in the Hunter Valley.

Gerhard is trained in classical French cooking but likes to mix in a little of his Austrian influences. He has worked as a Personal and Private Chef for the past 5 years.

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Testimonials for Gerhard Wayd

He was so charming and a brilliant chef!!

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Simon James-Williams (NSW)

Chef Gerhard was the consumate professional; customer focused, adeptly overcoming the local parking nightmare, adjusting to our kitchen setup, and smoothly dealing with our delayed start, taking it all in his stride. Of course he also a produced splendid meal with no fuss or drama.

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Mark Prior (NSW)

Very good job –great food and a nice guy

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Mike Gregg (NSW)

At exceptional evening. Everything was seamless, well put together. I recommend without hesitation.

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Simon Halfhide (NSW)

Great all round service, food was cooked perfectly. Very professional.

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Simon Ford (NSW)

We had an absolutely lovely experience with Chef Gerard and the team food was amazing and they were all lovely and professional. I would highly recommend him!

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Abby Newton (NSW)

Gerhard was very professional. He arrived early to prepare the food. The food was delicious, well presented and arrived at the tables on time.

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Anita Calderan (NSW)

Gerhard and his daughter arrived promptly (in fact they were a little early as the traffic they had expected didn’t eventuate). I left the kitchen to them and once the guests arrived the food kept coming. It was delicious. The canapés I selected went well together and they were beautifully presented and plentyful. The kitchen was very neat, clean and tidy when they departed.

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Jane Radcliff (NSW)

He and his staff were attentive, punctual and pleasant to have

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Pip Mackenzie (NSW)

Fantastic experience.. Gerhard was a great chef and Ellie was really helpful in assisting me pull off a bday surprise for my wife! Thank you team 🙂

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Gautam Kshatriya (NSW)

What a wonderful experience. Chef Gerhard was amazing. My Mother was delighted at her 80th surprise party. The food was delicious and everyone of the guests enjoyed this unique way to celebrate in the home.
A big thank you to all your professional team at your table.

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Sue Reynolds (NSW)

The chef was so lovely. Very considerate, friendly, efficient and made our event a very special experience

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Alana Watts (NSW)

Was punctual, friendly and professional. He prepared and served a spectacular meal for our family. Wonderful to just sit back and and enjoy being pampered. Thoroughly enjoyed this experience & would highly recommend Gerhard as your chef.

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Kim Shapter (NSW)

We had an amazing experience and he definitely delivered on the food. The kitchen was spotless after he left. My only critique would be the duck could have been a little rarer as I like my duck medium to rare. Very minor as the food was really good.

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Karalyn Cochrane (NSW)

Gerhard and Brianna were delightful and very professional. This is my second experience with AYT and it was another success. All guests commented on the great food and Gerhard did wonders with my very basic kitchen equipment!

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Lorraine Straman (NSW)

The Chef was excellent, personable and talked to our guests about the dish before we dove in. He catered for all of our guests fussy tastes and was flexible in his approach. The waitresses were good too and ferried drinks and canapés with no glass every being dry. All in all, a fabulous experience and Gerhard comes highly recommended. Thank you.

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Tim & Charlotte (NSW)

Gerhard was absolutely amazing. He was extremely accomodating to all our food requirements and his food just melted in your
Mouth. He was extremely professional and we can not wait to book him again.

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Natalye (NSW)

He was good, arrived early, interacted well, produced what was needed with no fuss.

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Andrew Pettifer (NSW)

Our chef arrived early, the food & service were impeccable. Just delicious & our kitchen was left in sparkling condition.

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Lynette Young (NSW)

What a great experience this was. Gerhard was calm, proficient, polite and gave us great confidence in what was about to unfold. And the man can cook! The food was beautifully presented, well-timed and simply delicious. It was a joy to eventually leave the table to find a spotless kitchen and no work to do! We, and our guests, were really delighted with the whole process – ‘blown away’ said one of our guests.

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Linda Magee (NSW)
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