The Byerley Executive Chef Ryan Flaherty. Credit: Nicole Cleary for VRC
Acclaimed chef Ryan Flaherty has been named Executive Chef of The Byerley restaurant, the jewel in the crown of the new $128 million Club Stand at Flemington.
Mr Flaherty brings an impressive résumé from the world’s most renowned restaurants, including El Bulli and The Fat Duck, to Flemington’s new premium dining experience, The Byerley.
Victoria Racing Club (VRC) Executive General Manager Customer Engagement Caroline Ralphsmith said the Club was delighted to secure Mr Flaherty’s expertise.
“Ryan Flaherty brings Michelin Star experience to The Byerley along with his signature inventive style,” Ms Ralphsmith said.
“The Byerley will sit comfortably alongside Melbourne’s very best restaurant experiences.
“It’s an exciting time for VRC Members as we bring this very Melbourne food experience to Flemington.”
Mr Flaherty grew up in Adelaide and moved to Melbourne in 2005 as an ambitious, qualified chef.
He began his working career in Melbourne at the iconic Stokehouse restaurant, before heading to the UK where he spent two years at The Fat Duck followed by a stint at Arzak, a three Michelin-starred restaurant in San Sebastien, Spain.
He then moved to El Bulli in the Catalonia region of Spain – a restaurant widely considered to be the world’s best before its closure in 2011.
On his return to Australia that year, Mr Flaherty helped Scott Pickett open Estelle in Northcote, where he was head chef and part owner before venturing out on his own, opening the critically acclaimed Mr Jennings in Richmond in 2014.
Mr Jennings was consistently rated one of Melbourne’s best restaurants until its closure in 2017. Mr Flaherty has been enjoying time off and travelling since shutting the doors of his Bridge Road restaurant.
He said he was delighted to take up the position of Executive Chef in The Byerley, which occupies half of level three in The Club Stand and enjoys superb views of the track and Melbourne’s city skyline.
“I am so excited to take the reins of The Byerley restaurant in the brand new Club Stand at Flemington,” Mr Flaherty said.
“The Club Stand is world class and I look forward to bringing my knowledge and skills, from top restaurants internationally, to racegoers’ plates in The Byerley at Flemington.
“I firmly believe that fine food, fine wine and fine racing go hand in hand.”
The Byerley dining experience will begin the moment guests step inside the exclusive, curtain-draped entrance.
Diners should expect the unexpected, with culinary inspiration and innovation serving an ever-evolving and elevated dining experience.
An in-house sommelier will consult guests and hand-select wine from an impressive list of the world’s finest.
Guests won’t miss a moment of the trackside action with their own private reserved seating area outside the restaurant for race viewing.
The restaurant is named after the Byerley Turk, the earliest of three stallions that were the founders of the modern thoroughbred horse racing bloodstock.
For more information or to experience The Byerley visit www.flemington.com.au/club-membership/club-stand