Executive Chef – Frederick Kirby

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Frederick’s CV offers extensive hospitality experience within Europe and Australia,
having trained and worked at several Michelin Starred Restaurants,
along with exclusive 5 Star Hotels in Ireland such as;

The Merion Hotel, Dublin

The Fitzwilliam Hotel, Dublin

Sheen Falls Lodge, Kenmare

The K Club Golf Resort
(host of the World famous ‘Ryder Cup’)

Upon migrating to Perth, Western Australia in 2005, Frederick commenced work at ‘C’ Restaurant, the ‘Revolving Restaurant in the Sky’:
C Restaurant, Perth www.crestaurant.com.au

Followed by accepting the role of Executive Chef of RiverBank Estate Winery and then as Executive Chef of Sandalford’s Winery, both in The Swan Valley.
RiverBank Estate, Swan Valley, Perth www.riverbankestate.com.au
Sandalford Winery, Swan Valley, Perth www.sandalford.com

In early 2012 Frederick visited Denmark, Western Australia with his family and this wonderful visit lead to the Kirby’s making a huge life change and relocating their family and business …

April of 2013 saw Frederick and Jacqueline make the big move to Denmark and announce the opening of ‘Kirby’s at Rickety Gate’ Cooking School.
Fine Dining Restaurant and Wedding Venue located at the stunning Rickety Gate Estate, Denmark.

August of 2017 has seen the closing of our restaurant so that we may focus on the needs of our beautiful autistic, non-verbal son Hamish,
along with offering our services as Caterers for Weddings & Events across the Great Southern.

Australian accolades

2010 and 2011 – Chef Hats in the Australian Good Food Guide
2011 – Featured in the WA Good Food Guide
2011 – Gold Plate – Best Restaurant within a Winery (Metro) – WINNER
2011 – Gold Plate – Tourism – Best Restaurant (Metro) – WINNER
2014 – #1 Venue in Denmark on www.tripadvisor.com.au (and have continued to hold this position for 2014 / 2015 / 2016 & 2017)
2015 – Savour Excellence Awards  –  Best Restaurant in a Winery, Entire Western Australia – WINNER
2015 – Gold Plate – Best Restaurant in a Winery, Regional Western Australia – WINNER
2015 – TripAdvisor Award for Excellence
2016 – Savour Excellence Awards –  Best Restaurant in a Winery, Entire Western Australia – WINNER
2016 – Savour Excellence Awards – Best Restaurant in a Winery, Entire Australia – SILVER
2016 – TripAdvisor Award for Excellence
2017 – Cellar Door with Best Food – Gourmet Traveller – WINNER
2017 – TripAdvisor Award for Excellence
2018 – Featuring in 2018 Lonely Planet Guide

Frederick’s philosophy towards food is to keep it fresh, keep it simple and simply cook with the basics to enhance and enrich the natural flavours.