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James Kidman to Call QT Sydney Home

Posted on: 02 August 2022

QT Sydney’s culinary clout continues to grow with the appointment of James Kidman as Executive Chef. James will be working under the creative culinary direction of one of Australia’s most respected and acclaimed chefs, Sean Connolly, who has been at the creative helm of QT Sydney since March this year.

With over 20 year’s experience, James has become one of Sydney’s most respected leaders in the industry. With impressive culinary credentials including the iconic Café Sydney and Otto Ristorante, James will bring his flair and business savvy to the fold.

“Sean is an icon and a visionary. His celebration of food and energy is unmatched. I’m very excited to work with Sean and the team” says James Kidman, Executive Chef of QT Sydney.

James will join Sean working across all food and beverage divisions of QT Sydney including in-room dining, conferencing and events menus, Parlour Cucina and signature restaurant Gowings. Since reopening in March 2022, Gowings’ electric expression of elegant, unpretentious Italian cuisine creates an immersive experience that has already received notable industry recognition.

“It’s been a whirlwind. Feedback has been incredible and we are only just getting started at QT Sydney. I’m super pumped to have James join the team as we continue to grow and build on our success” says Sean Connolly, Food & Beverage Creative Director of QT Sydney.

Gowings received the Wine Spectator ‘Best of Award of Excellence’ and 15/20 in Good Food magazine.  Home to one of the best food scenes in Australia, together these respected and acclaimed chefs will lead the charge in QT Sydney’s elevated and energetic dining experience.


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