Second time's not a charm for chef Lauren Murdoch

Lauren Murdoch, seen at Felix in 2012, says her strength is 'being in the kitchen rather than the office'.
Lauren Murdoch, seen at Felix in 2012, says her strength is 'being in the kitchen rather than the office'. Photo: Quentin Jones

Chef Lauren Murdoch has departed Merivale for a second time, just two months after the launch of Bar Topa where she was charged to oversee the food.

The one-time head chef at Merivale's Felix restaurant describes the move as "mutual decision".

Originally brought back on the Merivale train to open a Greek restaurant at Hotel CBD, Murdoch was moved across to the Spanish-leaning Topa.

"I also had to look after Palings and the Thai canteen," she says.

"The role developed into more of a management position than what I would have preferred, my real strength being in the kitchen rather than the office, so the mutual decision was made I should resign."