“The good news is Gordon knows food”. – John Lethlean, The Australian 2010
Gordon began working in hospitality in Melbourne in 1989 while studying drama and literature at Deakin University but it did not take long for food, wine and restaurants to become his primary interest and second nature.
While literature and theatre remained a focus for him through the mid 1990’s as he wrote and produced independent (read impoverished) theatre productions, it was a shift to the UK in 1994 that saw hospitality become his sole focus.
Whilst in London Gordon worked at Terence Conran’s Soho juggernaut Mezzo as well as Antony Worrell Thomson’s Simpsons chain. Travels through France, Spain and Italy turned his wine infatuation into unadulterated obsession before returning to Australia in 1996.
From 1996 to 2002 he worked as Maitre d’Hotel for Jacques Reymond Restaurant, collecting the 2002 The Age Good Food Guide Service Excellence Award along the way and proudly playing his part in Jacques Reymond Restaurant consistently collecting 3 Hats from the same guide each year.
In mid 2002 Gordon, as General Manager, was part of the team to take over and revamp The Botanical Hotel. Reopening the iconic venue in April 2003 The Botanical received the Restaurant of the Year award that same year and the Good Food Guide’s wine list award the following year as well as 2 hats from 2003 to 2007.
Gordon left The Botanical in 2007 following its successful sale to a hotel group and took the opportunity to travel for 6 months through China, Russia and Eastern Europe.
Erez Gordon Consultants began in response to a series of requests for assistance from various people within the industry and has now been operating successfully for 8 years.
Gordon moved his family and business to Sydney in 2011 and while he maintains a network in Melbourne the last few years have seen him concentrate his time on the Sydney market both as a consultant and as an owner (Bistro Bruno in Balmain and Bishop Sessa in Surry Hills).
Today Gordon is keen to provide people with the benefit of his experience via his consultancy and is committed to assisting his clients in improving their profitability and exposing them to best practice standards. For a list of services provided please visit the consulting page on this website.
Photograph by Theresa Sarjeant www.imagingcollective.com.au