Home Loans, home chef

Scott Bolles
Chef Paul McGrath is believed to be working for Aussie Home Loans chief John Symond (pictured).
Chef Paul McGrath is believed to be working for Aussie Home Loans chief John Symond (pictured). Photo: Glen McCurtayne

Ortolan on Bayswater chef-owner Paul McGrath has been keeping a low profile since his restaurant closed in September.

The word on the streets in the east is the talented chef has disappeared into the secretive world of being a private chef to the rich and famous.

''I can confirm I'm working for a family,'' McGrath says.

But Short Black hears McGrath is cooking for Aussie Home Loans chief John Symond.

Symond's Point Piper residence isn't a typical family home: it is believed to have as many as 10 household staff, a ballroom that can hold 200 for dinner, and formal dining areas where gatherings of several dozen can chow down.