Crystalbrook Byron continues its sustainable and ever-evolving culinary journey with two new chef appointments and exciting new menu developments. Jordan Staniford joins the resort as Executive Chef and Clement Fouquere as Executive Sous Chef.
A continuation of the resort’s commitment to offering locally sourced and sustainable dining, Staniford’s new menus will highlight seasonal produce, ranging from light bites including char-grilled local peppers, guindilla chilli and whipped local macadamia, to more substantial dishes.
“Our food is designed to be social and approachable, uncomplicated and super tasty using the absolute best produce we can get our hands on,” says Jordan. “The flavours are fresh and playful – we try not to take ourselves too seriously.”
Standout dishes include the vegan oyster mushroom and white bean ceviche, char-grilled Yamba prawns with karkalla and chilli and Bangalow Sweet Pork with West Australian truffle. For the sweet tooths, it’s hard to pass on the local honey sponge served with yuzu curd, white chocolate honey comb and a ginger tea sorbet. There’s also no shortage of plant-based dishes allowing guests to eat consciously while savouring the garden-fresh flavours.
Jordan’s accomplished career spans Vietnam, the Mediterranean, Sydney, and recently, Byron Bay. Clement has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants across France and was awarded the distinguished pastry internship at the world-renowned Clos des Sens restaurant.
Open to both resort and outside guests, Crystalbrook Byron offers a choice of nature-focused areas to wine, dine and delight. The main restaurant, Forest – named for the lush rainforest oasis that it overlooks – serves breakfast, lunch and dinner alongside an international and local wine list featuring over 30 sustainable, organic and biodynamic wines.
The breezy, shaded Verandah bar provides the perfect place to decompress and relax, cocktail in hand. With views of the glittering infinity swimming pool and rainforest beyond, the Verandah offers laidback dining and is a favourite hangout among locals.
Forest opening hours:
Lunch: 12:00pm to 3:00pm
The Verandah opening hours:
3:00pm – 9:00pm