Australia Day

26 January 2015

116 days to go

David Pugh

David Pugh


Chef and owner, Restaurant Two

Chef David Pugh is known for his down to earth attitude and approach to food. David’s continual search for the best available fresh produce provides his inspiration and the basis of the menu at his acclaimed Restaurant Two.

David is known for working with rare and premium produce from carefully sourced suppliers.  His use of classic techniques, combined with these fine ingredients and thoroughly modern flair, are what places Restaurant Two at the forefront of contemporary Australian cuisine.

David’s love of cooking emerged at age seven when he would treat his parents to Sunday breakfast. Since then, David has worked with some of the world’s finest chefs in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.

David trained in Auckland, and then worked at the Melbourne Hilton. This was followed by three years at the Hotel Connaught in London with some of the world’s top chefs, including Russell Armstrong and Michel Bourdain, drawing inspiration and skill from each and every encounter.

About 15 years ago David became head chef at Two Small Rooms prior to putting in place his ideal restaurant, Restaurant Two.

Three months after opening, Restaurant Two was named as a top 20 restaurant by Australian Gourmet Traveller Magazine. Twelve years on, David’s inimitable cooking style continues to place it amongst Australia’s top dining rooms.