Jess Allen

Jess Allen 2018-06-24T23:46:28+00:00

Jess was 10 years old when he cooked his first meal. It was macaroni cheese – Maggi of course. Jess’s mum and dad were shift workers at the time, so he took the responsibility to feed his younger brother and sister. The next meal was spaghetti – he loved the crunch of undercooked pasta as a child.

Moving forward 7 years, Jess dropped out of high school to pursue his passion for cooking. He started out in a small family run CBD business before deciding to try working at hotels as a way to define his skill and technique. He moved into the Melbourne brunch scene in 2012, with a stretch at Industry Beans, Fitzroy where they were pushing boundaries with food and coffee in the progressive Melbourne cafe environment.

Jess was lucky enough to have worked and learned under amazing chefs such as James Webb of the Hyatt Hotel, Ian Curly of the European and Robbert Kabbord of the Merricote, which is paramount for any young budding Chef.

Classically trained in French and Italian cuisine, with a love of Southeast Asian flavours, Jess’s menus are representations of modern Australian cuisine with a focus on the purity of flavour from each ingredient.

Jess also loves to give a little bit of table side theatre and presentation to make your dinner party all that more memorable.

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Testimonials for Jess Allen

Jess was extremely punctual, friendly and well prepared. The food was delicious with amazing small detail that made everything presented beautifully.

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Zinta Walter-Bruns (VIC)

Jess was fun and engaging adding to the atmosphere of our evening.

The food was amazing!!

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Bhekizulu Zwangobani (VIC)

Jess and Christine arrived promptly as scheduled. They were polite and professional and conversed happily with all the guests. The food was amazing and explanations were given as to the ingredients of each dish. At the end of the night they did an amazing job of cleaning up after themselves, in fact I don’t think my kitchen has ever been cleaner!! I cannot speak more highly of both of them. We will certainly be doing it again!!

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Melissa Jurie (VIC)

Chef Jess went well beyond the call of duty, the food was great and service awesome. He did he research prior to coming so knew what to expect for a Burns Night celebration.

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Kim Steel (VIC)

Jess was excellent and the food he served was delicious. Jess was accommodating of dietary requirements & was able to suggest options. The entre platter for want of a better word was delicious and was a hit with everyone. Not taking anything away from the other 2 courses.

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Ruben Whyte (VIC)

Fantastic Chef. Booking process was a little disjointed and difficult but okay. Accepting credit card would be good.

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Mitch Davies (VIC)

We organised a dinner through At Your Table for my partner’s 30th Birthday last month. I want to say a huge thank you to Chef Jess and Christina who were fabulous hosts – approachable, professional, accomodating and fun! We had a wonderful meal – the blue swimmer crab remoulade was a crowd favourite! All three courses were delicious! Thanks so much again for making it such a wonderful evening to remember- would highly recommend for any event (or even if you just feel like treating yourself!)

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Amy Stewart (VIC)

I wanted something special and different for my 60th birthday.
AtyourTable and especially chef Jess gave me that.

He was friendly, and informative about each course, our guests loved him and his partner. I questioned Jess regarding his menu, and then entrusted him with it. We were all delighted with the food. It was delicious

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Debbie Robertson (VIC)
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