Nelly began his career as a kitchen hand at the tender age of 14 at Michelin- starred restaurant Northcote Manor (UK), stepping into the kitchen at 15 full time to start his apprenticeship. Trained by chef patron Nigel Haworth and his team, including Warrick Dodds and Mark Burchill, Nelly was one of the rest to complete an apprenticeship at Northcote.
At 29, Nelly opened nel. Restaurant, offering guests the best international cuisines with an innovative air. Well known for his role as nel. Restaurant’s Executive Chef and owner, Nelly has found his feet as one of Sydney’s top Chef personalities. His attention to detail, especially when it comes to guest interaction, has earned him a loyal following of international and local guests.
Nelly has been invited to cook as a special guest at many Australian and International events. In addition to Obsession18 in the U.K., his recent visits include Bangkok and Abu Dhabi – the latter as a competitor in the Taste of Abu Dhabi World’s Best Dish Competition with 11 leading chefs from around the globe.
In 2016, he took over Vinum restaurant in PER AQUUM’s Huvafen Fushi luxury resort in the Maldives, for an exclusive dinner and masterclass. In 2017, he designed a menu that was featured at a corporate event for the Taste of Sydney festival, and had the honor of cooking for Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday celebrations at the British High Commission in Canberra.
Notably, Nelly has been nominated twice for Gault Millau chef of the year in 2016, 2017 and nel. Restaurant got a impressive 16.5/20 in this year’s guide.