French Mauritian born chef, Jocelyn Rivière, is currently Head Chef at The Woodlands Hotel, a recently new addition to the ever growing and trendy market of Coburg. Trained classically in French cookery, Riviere has extensive experience in cooking modern French and European food.
Rivière regards his mother as his greatest food influence. Trips to the market with his mother as a child taught Rivière to respect food. His mother educated him in selecting the finest produce for the best price. A skill which later helped him to run an economical commercial kitchen.
After establishing himself firmly in Sydney’s cosmopolitan food culture, Riviere decided on a change of scenery and relocated to Melbourne in 2007 to make his mark on the Gastro Capital of Australia. He immediately headed up the kitchen at the renowned Court House Hotel where he was awarded a Chefs Hat by The Age Good Food Guide and received many accolades for his cooking from various publications.
In February 2008, Riviere made his television debut on the well respected SBS Food Safari with Maeve O’Meara. The episode introduced viewers to the culinary delights of Mauritian cuisine.
In 2006, Rivière was part of the exciting launch of the long awaited Kirketon Dining Room & Bar in Sydney’s fashionable Darlinghurst. After just one month of operation, the Kirketon Dining Room & Bar was awarded one chef’s hat by the esteemed Sydney Morning Herald and Rivière’s food was commended in Vogue Entertaining + Travel and The Australian Gourmet Traveller.
Rivière’s diverse career has taken him from London’s celebrated Bibendum, where he worked under acclaimed chef Simon Hopkinson, to Cape Town, South Africa, India, Nepal and East Africa. Whilst travelling, Jocelyn discovered new techniques and introduced his palate to unusual spices and herbs. On arrival back in Australia, Rivière remained faithful to his traditional French training, however, his culinary experiences overseas culminated a better understanding of his native cuisine, which has adopted many flavours from Africa and India.