Jean-Michel Gerst

Director of Food & Beverage Jean-Michel Gerst

Jean-Michel Gerst is a talented, passionate and creative chef hailing from Alsace, France. He has worked and lived in Australia for over 20 years, after having worked in some of the finest establishments around the world.

From a young age, Jean-Michel was always helping in the kitchen at home, his mother and grandfather both being chefs before him. Starting his apprenticeship at a 2-star Michelin restaurant was a dream come true and a fabulous opportunity to learn about every aspect of French cuisine.

Travelling and working his way around the world saw Jean-Michel work in kitchens from Switzerland, the Channel Islands and Thailand, finally arriving at the Dorchester in London where he worked for Anton Mossiman at The Terrace restaurant.

Shortly afterwards, he relocated to Australia, where he worked for Herbert Franchesini at the Brisbane Hilton, responsible for the Hilton’s fine dining establishment, Victoria’s and involved in the Hilton’s annual master classes.

In 2000, Jean-Michel moved to Thredbo to take up the role of Executive Chef at the Thredbo Alpine Hotel where Jean-Michel’s talents were showcased in the well received winemaker’s dinners and, of course, his favourite celebration, Bastille Day.

After a well-deserved break, travelling in Europe and visiting his family in Alsace, Jean-Michel established his own restaurant in Thredbo, Jean-Michel at the Knickerbocker. Running the restaurant with his wife Georgie was a dream come true and the restaurant received great reviews and awards.

Jean-Michel has now taken on the role of Director of Food & Beverage at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa.


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