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Ryan Squires

Ethical restaurateur in vogue

Ethical restaurateur in vogue

Ryan Squires did Byron

The stars shone at The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa on the weekend, when the multi award winning resort hosted the annual Vogue Living Champagne Dinner. Guests were treated to the charms and talents of one of Australia’s youngest three hatted Chefs, Ryan Squires of Brisbane’s Esquire and Esq restaurants. Owners Gerry Harvey and Katie Page, who usually attend, were unable to make it this year.

Ryan’s five courses were matched to the world’s finest Champagnes at the soirée, where roses and candles hung from the vaulted ceiling over multicoloured candelabras adorning long tables.

“Ryan’s creativity is well known” said The Byron at Byron Head Chef Gavin Hughes. “But what truly sets him apart is his ethical consideration of the origin of his ingredients and their treatment. To me this establishes him as the Chef of today, the guy is an inspiration”.

Squires, who describes himself as “mad keen on fishing and boating”, has moved away from seafood sourced unsustainably, a choice which has taken a number of species from his menu.

“The tons and tons of fish that would go through restaurants nationally is phenomenal” said Squires. “It’s totally the Chef’s responsibility to put on the menu what they feel is sustainable. It was my choice to give up tuna and I haven’t served tuna, snapper, swordfish or billfish here at the restaurant. The fishmonger is going to tell you what you want to hear, you have to wiggle in there and find out the truth! The fun bit about my job is the creativity and knowing how to work with these species and get the most out of them”.

Seafood dishes served at the Byron at Byron Champagne Dinner included Raw yellowtail kingfish, green mustard leaf and shitake and Blue swimmer crab, corn, almond and malt.

“I respect his stance on sustainable food, it’s a brave thing to do” said Gavin Hughes. “Ryan is a true gentleman and we would be honoured to have him back in our kitchen at any time”.

Upcoming events at The Byron at Byron include a New Years’ Eve party 1920s style party.


Downloadable high resolution images:

Photo 1 – Ryan Squires

Photo 2 – Guests at the Byron at Byron Vogue Living Champagne Dinner

Photo 3 – John Parche, General Manager of The Byron at Byron with Elisabeth Drysdale from The Champagne Bureau

Ben Devlin and Ryan Squires from esquire

Ryan Squires for Byron at Byron Vogue Living Champagne Dinner

Ryan Squires for Byron at Byron Vogue Living Champagne Dinner

The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa is thrilled to announce Ryan Squires, Head Chef and owner of Brisbane’s esquire as Chef for their annual Vogue Living Champagne Dinner, to be held Friday October 11.

Ryan Squires gained experience in some of the world’s best restaurants across Spain, New York and the Napa Valley before settling back in Queensland in 2008. His spirited approach to food results in a playful love affair between diner, Chef and plate.

In Australia he made his name at Urbane, achieved ‘Chef of the Year’ and ‘Restaurant of the Year’ for The Buffalo Club and was named ‘Australia’s Best New Talent’ by Australian Gourmet Traveller in 2010. Oh, and he was a Guest Chef on MasterChef. In 2011 he opened esquire, which has achieved three Chefs Hats for the past two years. Further accolades include Queensland’s ‘Restaurant of the Year’ for the past two years from the Brisbane Times Good Food Guide and ‘Queensland’s Top Restaurant 2012’ from Gourmet Traveller.

“I try to get down to The Byron at Byron at least twice a year” said Ryan. “It’s always one of those places where I feel liberated, where I leave feeling more wholesome. There’s a real connection with Byron for me. To cook for Lyn and John and the team for their Champagne Dinner will be a joy”.

Ryan has crafted an innovative menu to match five of the world’s finest Champagnes. The dinner is supported by the Champagne Bureau as a way of sharing with Australians the versatility of Champagne.

“This will be our sixth Champagne Dinner and it is always a special night” said The Byron at Byron’s General Manager Lyn Parché. “Domain’s Chief Stylist Sue Kropp reinvents our Restaurant for the evening… it is a celebration among friends”. Previous Chefs for the salubrious dinner include Mark Best, Justin North, Warren Turnbull and Philip Johnson.

Vogue Living Champagne Dinner two night package for two:

2 night’s Accommodation in a Deluxe Spa Suite

Full buffet breakfast daily for two adults

Two tickets to the Vogue Living Champagne Dinner

Complimentary daily yoga class

– $1295.00

For bookings and enquiries 02 66392105 or reservations@thebyronatbyron.com.au

Vogue Living Champagne Dinner menu:


Puffed beef tendon, lime and peanut

Beef & kimchi

Mushroom kettles

Agrapart and Fils Terroirs Blanc De Blancs Brut Grand Cru NV


Ike jime trevally and  green mustard

Champagne Ayala Brut Nature NV


Raw smoked scallop, cucumber and dill buttermilk

Bollinger Special Cuvée NV


Calotte, bonito ketchup, horseradish and onion

Egly-Ouriet Grand Cru Brut Tradition NV


Campari, curds and whey

Bollinger Rosé


For interviews and images please contact Caroline Desmond 02 6687 5674 / 0415 499 429 / caroline@carolinedesmond.com.au