Ahead of his Pop-Up Restaurant at Iki-jime on the 5th of May, get the scoop on Vue's very first graduate of our apprenticeship, and all-around superstar Jeremy Warne.
Starting his career working in and out of various bars and kitchens around Brunswick after school, Jeremy Warne was ready for his next challenge and came across an apprenticeship at Vue Group. The day Jeremy was accepted into the apprenticeship, he never thought he would eventually end up cooking for one of Australia’s most iconic restaurants, Vue de monde.
Under the stewardship of some of the most prolific culinary minds, Jeremy is the first of the cohort to complete Vue Group’s latest apprenticeship program, which has seen him rotate across some of Vue’s major venues over a duration of three years (including Benny Burger, Burnham Bakery and Piggery Café), and finally complete his apprenticeship at Vue de monde. During which he has also completed a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery.
With the traineeship providing incredible exposure to various styles of leadership and cuisines, Jeremy is now equipped in the creation of world-class dishes made from locally produced ingredients with a focus on sustainability.
When asked about his experience of the program, Jeremy comments, “Vue’s apprenticeship is not the norm. It’s not your average four days and then one day at TAFE like a lot of other programs. It’s full on but it allows you to work at any restaurant around the world.”
Jeremy says the program involves one-on-one training and masterclasses with Australia’s leading chefs and says he’s now equipped with skills and knowledge that he would have never dreamed of. The program includes meeting with Australian farmers to learn the ins and outs of using premium produce, cheese-making and wine-pairing classes, making artisanal bread from scratch, learning everything you need to know about proteins (including breaking down a whole fish!) and so on.
Jeremy will be presenting his first solo event at Jardin Tan in the form of a pop-up restaurant in the coming weeks. Using the skills and techniques garnered during his time as a Vue apprentice, Jeremy has curated a creative and decadent menu that will showcase his ethos to food and dining. He’ll be serving a five-course menu plus canapes, accompanied by a specially curated selection of matched wines from some of Australia’s best producers.
When asked about what inspires his passion for cooking, Jeremy says, “I’ve always thrived on the pressure of service and the fast-paced environment. I also love collaborating with other chefs to make food that’s offbeat and different.”
Jeremy plans on traveling overseas next year to work for some of London’s and Europe’s finest Michelin star restaurants (thanks to Shannon Bennett and the team opening doors for him).
Before then, however, get your tickets to Jeremy's Pop-Up restaurant at Iki-jime here!