A Conversation with Our New Head Chef

Publish Date: 11 September, 2023

When it comes to the world of gastronomy, innovation and passion are the key ingredients that set a restaurant apart. Fable Christchurch recently welcomed a new head chef on board, in a candid interview with our esteemed chef, we dived into his culinary journey, inspiration, and the exciting changes they've brought to the table.


A Culinary Maestro's Arrival

Chef Jamie Trudgeon, the driving force behind Fable Christchurch's revamped menu, boasts an impressive 16 years in the culinary industry and comes to us with a wealth of experience and ideas. 


Local Love Affair: The Menu's Inspiration

One cannot help but be intrigued by the inspiration behind Fable's innovative menu. Chef Jamie revealed that his primary goal was to celebrate local ingredients. West Melton's mushrooms, New Zealand's pristine seafood, and beef sourced from Silver Fern Farms take centre stage. The menu is a tribute to seasonality, freshness, and the outstanding local produce available to the restaurant.


Signature Dishes that Make Hearts Flutter

If you're wondering about standout dishes on this new menu, Chef Jamie is particularly enamoured with the agnolotti. This dish, a true labour of love, leaves nothing to waste. Every element serves a purpose, from the savoury sauce to the meticulously handmade and hand-rolled pasta. It's a dish that encapsulates Fable Christchurch's commitment to quality and culinary creativity.


Flavors That Dance on Your Palate

When it comes to flavour profiles, the new menu promises an explosion of freshness. Every dish is a harmonious symphony of flavours designed to leave diners fully satisfied and content, a culinary experience that lingers long after the meal is over.


The Creative Collaboration Behind the Scenes

Collaboration is the secret sauce in the kitchen, and Chef Jamie acknowledges the invaluable contribution of Sous Chef Lars. Together, they embarked on countless brainstorming sessions, combining their unique perspectives and ideas to craft a menu that pays homage to local produce and showcases their culinary expertise. It's a true 50/50 effort, with Lars playing a pivotal role in shaping the exciting new offerings.


A Feast for the Eyes

The visual aspect of dishes is often as important as their taste. At Fable Christchurch, presentation is a point of pride. The team has gone to great lengths to elevate their standards, engaging in extensive discussions and feedback sessions to ensure that each dish looks as exquisite as it tastes.


Quality Over Quantity: A Nuanced Menu Approach

Chef Jamie emphasized his belief in a "less is more" philosophy when it comes to menu design. Instead of overwhelming diners with numerous components on a dish, they've chosen a more focused and purposeful approach. Each dish on the menu has a clear identity and purpose, allowing the quality of the ingredients and their culinary craftsmanship to shine through.


Taste all the flavours today at Fable Christchurch.


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