In a career stretching back more than 40 years, pioneering chef
Michael Manners has been a major player in helping shape the vibrant Sydney
dining scene of today.
learnt his trade in France during the early 1960s. Later, the late George
Perry-Smith, regarded as the father of modern British cooking, patron of
England's renowned Hole in the Wall restaurant in Bath, passed on the ethos for
fresh, local produce that Manners still nurtures.
saw Manners open the bistro 'Upstairs' in Darlinghurst, Sydney. Sophisticated,
even referred to as "ambrosial French Bliss" 'Upstairs' often had a
queue, waiting for tables, stretching down the street.
four years, he headed back to France for inspiration before returning in 1976
to open Glenella Restaurant and Guesthouse at Blackheath. It quickly became the
Blue Mountains' gourmet retreat, and one of the state's great destination
restaurants, regularly earning a two hats ranking.
1988 Michael and his wife, Josephine, opened a cookery school at Wentworth
Falls. Shortly after, he was running the food and beverage course at the Blue
Mountains International Hotel Management School. This was followed by a single
hatted bistro called Table Manners in
1997 Manners moved to Orange to open Selkirks. In doing so, they gave an
already vibrant food and wine scene the focus it needed - a champion
restaurant. His impact on the region is still evident with chefs who have
learnt from and worked for Manners going on to start successful restaurants in
in an elegant Federation-era country house, Selkirks combined contemporary
flair with an old-world feel. The food was sophisticated yet simple; meat and
charcuterie Michael's specialties. Selkirks was one of the state's great dining
experiences, a tour de force of the bounty of the region. Selkirks was twice
named Best Regional Restaurant in the Good Food Guide.
selling Selkirks, Manners and Borg was established in 2005 where Michael and
Josephine create wholesale charcuterie and restaurant quality "heat and
was Michael's second appearance at the Sydney International Wine
Competition as the Competition's Guest Celebrity Chef.