Argentinean chef Francisco Smoje brings to the Byron Bay area a series of pop-up dinners at Coorabell Hall on the ridge overlooking the bay, opening on Sunday, July 15. The dinners will comprise communal dining where you share a table loaded with amazing dishes with your neighbours and friends. Sourcing a wide range of local produce, Francisco will cook a four-course mystery feast.
Moving to the Northern Rivers from Sydney began with the dream of a lifestyle change for him and his partner/nutritionist Emma Byrne, after years of experience with some of the best restaurants in Sydney and a varied and experimental cooking career from Fine dining in Yachts to kneading bread in a backstreet sour dough bakery.
He came to Australia aged 21 and quickly established a culinary career, working as an apprentice at the three-hat Rockpool in Sydney and renowned Darley St Thai where he learned the unique blend of multicultural influences and flavours that were defining the Australian restaurant trade. After a few years of travelling, Francisco came back to Australia as his life-long love affair with cinema inspired a foray into film catering that he still does from time to time. He has cooked for Ewan McGregor, Nicole Kidman, Dennis Hopper and Jeffrey Rush to name a few. Now aged 37, Francisco believes he has found home (at least for a few years) on NSW’s north coast.