Michelin-star chef pops up at Bathers' Pavilion at Balmoral

Chef Simon Rogan is bringing his expertise to Bathers' Pavilion.
Chef Simon Rogan is bringing his expertise to Bathers' Pavilion.  Photo: Supplied

Get set, Sydney, for the most ambitious relocation of top-shelf international restaurant talent since Noma's 2016 residency at Barangaroo.

Simon Rogan, a chef with a small galaxy of Michelin stars, will relocate to Bathers' Pavilion at Balmoral in July for a six-week stay.

Rogan's CV is gilded. He is one of only a dozen chefs worldwide with five or more Michelin stars. His Lake District jewel, L'Enclume, is the current Restaurant of the Year in Britain. 

"It's not only what he's achieved, but where he's achieved it," Bathers' Pavilion co-owner Ian Pagent says of L'Enclume's success despite its remote location.

Pagent flew to Britain for a few days around Christmas on a secret taste-testing of Rogan's cooking. He's been negotiating ever since to bring the chef to Balmoral, with the protracted deal only signed in recent days.

"His philosophy is similar to ours – what I loved about his food is, as polished as it is, when you had duck you knew it was duck and when you had fish it tasted like fish," says Pagent.

While Rogan won't be able to bring his five-hectare farm with him, Sam Ward, the managing director of Simon Rogan Restaurants alongside other key members of the British team will also make the trip to Australia. 

Bathers' isn't scrimping, sending head chef Cameron Johnston to work at L'Enclume in April to prepare for the visit.

The Sydney restaurant will even commission handmade crockery for the tenure.

Rogan's 11-course meal will arrive with a pricetag of $350 a head. It will run from July 15 to August 30.