Thank you to the board of Restaurant and Catering Australia and our industry peers, for awarding our Chef Mark Jensen as the 2019 Restaurateur of the Year. This is an award that is well deserved.

Mark is no stranger to the Sydney dining scene. For the last 25 years, he has seen a multitude of restaurants and food trends fall in and out of favour. He appreciates how challenging the industry is, and is grateful for his own personal journey.

Mark says “It feels like yesterday, when in 1992, he walked into Matt Moran’s kitchen at Paddington Inn and secured his first kitchen position. After 3 years with Matt, he moved to the Bennelong Restaurant in the Sydney Opera House working under the tutelage of Janni Krystis. From the Bennelong, he returned to Paddington and led the team at the Olympic Hotel as Executive Chef for the next 5 years. Luke would later convince Mark to join his journey to create Red Lantern. The rest, as they say is history.

Over the last 20 years, Mark has presented classes a numerous cooking schools and had made guest appearances at a variety of food festivals at home and abroad. He has appeared in documentaries as well as promotional films for Australia’s food, wine and tourism industries. Mark was a regular chef on Network Ten’s Ready, Steady, Cook and has appeared several times as a guest chef on MasterChef Australia.

Mark has contributed recipes to cookbooks, magazines as well as various reputable cookbook publications. His own book, The Urban Cook, Cooking and Eating for a Sustainable Future is a topic that Mark and Red Lantern are very passionate about.

These days, Mark maintains a prominent voice in preventing the future of Sydney’s dining industry from being gobbled up by the ever growing home delivery platforms.

Indeed, Chef Mark Jensen is a worthy recipient of 2019 Restaurateur of the year.

Congratulations Chef.

We are very proud of you.

Phuong Nguyen