Jonathan Barthelmess has, at the age of 37, established himself as one of Australia’s most exciting chefs and restaurateurs. He has been building a career in restaurants for 19 years, both in the kitchen and front-of-house.
Jonathan’s understated brilliance in his cooking, as well as in the venues he brings to life with his food and drink philosophy, has not gone unnoticed, garnering high praise in Good Food, The Australian, TimeOut, Monocle and Gourmet Traveller, not to mention a raft of Italian publications.
Time Out has consistently acknowledged Jonathan as one of its favourite chefs, and in 2017 embraced both The Apollo Sydney and Cho Cho San in its ‘50 Best Restaurants in Sydney’ list and in 2012 rated The Apollo as Best New Restaurant.
In 2013 The Apollo earned itself a Chef’s Hat in the SMH Good Food Guide Awards, a similar accolade bestowed upon Cho Cho San in 2015, alongside a Best New Restaurant nomination. In that same year Monocle rated Cho Cho San as the 5th in the world in its annual restaurant awards and rankings.
In 2016, Monocle named The Apollo the 7th Best restaurant in the world.
The Apollo, Ginza, Jonathan’s latest venture in the heart of Tokyo, Japan has extended Jonathan’s career beyond our shores. Situated in an upscale luxury retail hub, The Apollo, Ginza opened its doors in March last year and is the first Australian Greek restaurant to ever open in that region.
Jonathan's next venture will be on the waterfront at Howard Smith Wharves in Brisbane, and it will see him again collaborate with George Livissianis in delivering a polished Greek village nuance to its food and setting. The new restaurant is scheduled to open in October 2018.
Jonathan is a supporter of several charities including Starlight Foundation 5 Chefs Dinner and StreetSmart Australia. He embraces the opportunity his businesses have to make a positive difference in the local & global community.