William Cowper is Head Chef at OTTO Ristorante Brisbane, sister restaurant to OTTO Sydney - set on the iconic Finger Wharf in Woolloomooloo.
OTTO serves the food that people love to eat; Italian cuisine using fresh seasonal ingredients, with Will’s menu at OTTO Brisbane taking influence from the southern regions of Italy to suit the warmer Queensland climate.
In the first year of opening, OTTO was named Good Food’s Best New Restaurant in Brisbane and his Strawberry Panna Cotta named in Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Desserts of the Year.
Originally from Sydney, Will worked for a number of years at OTTO Sydney where he began to expand his role in the kitchen. He was promoted over the next four years through positions of increasing responsibility, moving into Senior Sous Chef, assisting Executive Chef Richard Ptacnik to maintain and expand the restaurant’s enviable culinary reputation.
In 2015, Will was asked to lead the kitchen team at OTTO Brisbane, and eagerly accepted the Head Chef position at Fink Group’s first interstate restaurant. Brimming with new and fresh ideas, Will made the move to Brisbane, and has been an integral part of opening the Brisbane venture.
Will’s food at OTTO Brisbane is unashamedly simple - fresh, seasonal, produce-driven, sourcing the finest ingredients and letting them speak for themselves. In truly embracing the move to Queensland, Will has developed close relationships with local producers, working alongside them to ensure OTTO uses the best quality ingredients available. Will is passionate about not only the food OTTO serves, but supporting farmers and growers in the wider Queensland region.