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New Wave Chef Sessions

Harry's weekly dinner series will showcase up-and-coming talent from the kitchens of some of Sydney's most respected restaurants.
By Leisha Kapor
March 08, 2020
By Leisha Kapor
March 08, 2020

Longstanding Bondi cafe Harry's is opening its doors and its kitchen for dinner for the first time, all thanks to a weekly Sunday session. It won't be serving up its usual brunch fare, however — instead, it's inviting some of Sydney's best young chefs to whip up something special.

Harry's New Wave Chef Sessions will see a different face in the kitchen each week, introducing diners to Sydney's fresh batch of culinary talent. The up-and-coming chefs hail from respected restaurants across the city, including Chica Bonita, Cafe Paci and Ume Burger.

Each week's menu will centre on a different concept, with snacks and small sharing plates under $20, plus wines and cocktails by Connor Sainsbury Canham from Whole Bunch Wines. Cocktails will feature ingredients gathered from the area, including local lemon myrtle and seaweed sourced by free-diving in North Bondi.

Diners can look forward to Dear Sainte Éloise's head chef Hugh Piper serving up Peruvian ocean trout ceviche, signature flavours from Ume Burger courtesy of Kerby Craig, and Chica Bonita's classic tacos from Alejandro Huerta. On May 3, Jack New (of the soon-to-open Teramoto) will be joined by bartenders from Prince of York for an extravagant gold-themed Japanese/Australian menu.

Eight chefs have been locked in for the series so far, with more likely to be announced on social media in the coming weeks. Here's hoping fora little more diversity in the lineup, especially considering the event launches on International Women's Day.


March 8: Alejandro Huerta, Chica Bonita
March 15: Simon Drolz-Cox, Cafe Paci
March 22: Hugh Piper, Dear Sainte Éloise
March 29: Lewin White, Icebergs Bar and Dining Room
April 5: Kerby Craig, Ume Burger
April 19: Michael Lo Presti, Momofuku Seiobo
May 3: Jack New, Teramoto (opening in March) with Prince of York
May 10: Kenta Takeuchi, Cirrus

New Wave Chef Sessions will take place every Sunday night from March 8. You can book at table on Harry's Bondi's website.

Images: J Belnick.

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