Celebrity Chef Sean Connolly

Celebrity Chef Sean Connolly


One of Australia’s and New Zealands most respected and recognised chefs. In 2009, Sean hosted a 13 part SBS television series called My Family Feast. This was a celebration of Australia’s love affair with multicultural dining and no-fuss, family oriented entertaining. The series won an award for Best TV Show at the 2010 Australian Food Media Awards, plus the Best TV Series About Food and Wine Culture award at the World TV Food & Wine Festival, held in Paris. Sean authored a companion cookbook to the series, also called My Family Feast, which trumped international stars like Nigella Lawson to win Best Celebrity Chef Cook Book In The World at the 2011 Paris Book Fair.

In 2011, together with Skycity Auckland, he opened The Grill by Sean Connolly to instant rave reviews. The story of The Grill became a 6 part television documentary called Under The Grill, chronicling all the drama that ensues when a chef opens a 4 million dollar, world-class restaurant within a 100 day deadline. 39% of New Zealand viewers watched the show, making it something of a national phenomenon; discussions are currently underway to film a sequel. In 2012 The Grill won Best Restaurant at the renowned New Zealand Cuisine Magazine Awards. The success of The Grill lead quickly to Sean opening Gusto at The Grand, a rustic Italian eatery that’s drawn accolades from no less than the revered ‘godfather’ of Italian cuisine, Antonio Carluccio.

Achievements and Milestones
2015 – 1 Chefs Hat NZ Cuisine Good Food Awards
2014 – 2 Chefs Hats NZ Cuisine Good Food Awards
2013 – 2 Chefs Hats NZ Cuisine Good Food Awards
2012 – New Zealand’s Restaurant of the Year Cuisine Magazine
2012 – New Zealand’s Best New Restaurant Cuisine Magazine
2011 – Best Celebrity Chef Cook Book In The World TV & Wine
2010 – Best TV Show Australian Food Media Awards
2008 – Chef of the Year, SMH Herald Good Food Guide Awards
2008 – Chef of the Year, GQ Man of the Year Awards
2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011 – 1 Chef’s Hat, SMH Good Food, for Astral
2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2011 1 Star, Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide, for Astral
2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009 – Chef of the Year, AHA Awards for Excellence
2007 – Best Restaurant of the Year, AHA NSW Awards (Astral)
2007 – Best Fine Dining Restaurant in a Hotel, Restaurant & Catering Awards for Excellence NSW & ACT (Astral)

Current venues
The Grill by Sean Connolly, Auckland, New Zealand
Gusto at The Grand,  Auckland, New Zealand
Sean’s Kitchen,  Adelaide, South Australia
The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room, Sydney, New South Wales
The Balcony Bar & Oyster Room, Byron Bay, New South Wales

Current TV Shows (airing in 35 countries)
My Family Feast 2010
Under The Grill 2012
On The Grill 2014
Sean’s Kitchen Adelaide to New York 2015
Sean’s Kitchen Two – due to air on Channel 7 and Seven Two in Australia

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