Lauren Eldridge, with her contemporary and visually impressive, original desserts, has been hailed as 'the next big thing in pastry'. She is one of the most exciting young chefs cooking today.
Training under Mark Best at his renowned Marque Restaurant in Sydney saw her awarded the prestigious 'Josephine Pignolet Young Chef of the Year Award' for 2015. The award allowed her to work under the world’s best, Massimo Bottura, when his Modenese restaurant, Osteria Francescana, secured the No.1 spot on the 'World’s 50 Best Restaurants list'.
Other accolades include the Gault & Millau Potentialist of the Year 2016, which allowed Lauren the opportunity to travel to France and gain experience at the 3 Michelin starred restaurants, Le Cinq and Guy Savoy.
Lauren’s new role as Group Pastry Chef for the Van Haandel Group allows her to bring her signature style to the iconic Stokehouse Restaurants in Brisbane and St Kilda as well as the company’s other venues in Melbourne, Fatto and Pontoon.
Lauren takes pride in standing up for the promotion and equal treatment of women in the hospitality industry. She helps support women in the industry through affirmative action groups such as Women In Hospitality (WOHO), an Australian not-for-profit empowering and connecting female hospitality workers and Parabere Forum: an independent international platform featuring women’s views and voices on major food issues.