Darley's Executive Chef

Blue Mountains Restaurant

Lee Kwiez is an accomplished Australian chef. He’s a food purist who has explored ingredients and techniques around the world to find himself in a pristine place that matches his food philosophy – the Blue Mountains.

Darley’s Restaurant is Lilianfels Resort and Spa signature fine dining Blue Mountains restaurant and as Darley’s Restaurant executive chef, Lee Kwiez is blending his vast national food networks and an endless pantry of premium regional produce to create a unique epicurean experience. 

Despite his incredible repertoire, it was his mother’s Shepherd’s pie that first ignited his passion for sublime flavours.   At the age of 16, Kwiez stepped into a professional kitchen on work experience at Maxwell’s Table in the NSW Hawkesbury region. Two years’ later he rejoined the restaurant as an apprentice chef. 

After five years at Maxwell’s Table, where he worked under Hugh Whitehouse, Kwiez travelled to Switzerland to join the 5-star Dolder Grand Hotel as the commis de cuisine. He then returned to Australia as the demi-chef/commis chef at Queensland’s Hayman Island Resort before again exploring wider and taking a position in 1997 as chef de partie at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Canada, catering for up to 1000 seated guests.

With a long-term chapter of his journey in Australia, Kwiez was fast establishing a reputation as a serious food practitioner. On his return, Kwiez was chef de partie at De burgh’s Restaurant in Sydney before joining Jaspers Restaurant at Hunters Hill in NSW as sous chef. 

In 2000, Kwiez again joined his food mentor Hugh Whitehouse, the executive chef at acclaimed Milsons Restaurant at Kirribilli, NSW. Starting as a partie chef, he then moved up the kitchen ranks to follow in Whitehouse’s footsteps and become the restaurants new Executive chef between 2003 and 2010. In this time he led a team of highly skilled chefs to secure six consecutive 1 Chef Hat rankings in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide. 

Seeking new experiences, Kwiez joined the hospitality group in 2010 as head chef and culinary advisor before creating menus as executive chef for the Woolwich Pier Hotel in Sydney. With a desire to cook in the freedom of a regional kitchen – just as he started – Kwiez joined Darley’s Restaurant at Lilianfels Resort and Spa in June 2012. Kwiez can now be found returning to the historic 1880s cottage with crates of seasonal and regional produce from a nearby foraging or farm gate trip amongst the peace of the luxurious building and World Heritage rainforest atmosphere of the Blue Mountains just below the restaurant.

 

Awards

Darley’s Restaurant

  • Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide – One Hat Award 2018, 2017,2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

Woolwich Pier Hotel

  • Sydney Morning Herald Good Pub Guide 2012-Three schooners award (18/20)

Milsons Restaurant

  • Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide – One Hat Award (2003 to 2009)
  • Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide – One wine glass award 2009, 2008, 2007
  • Gourmet Traveler wine awards - -two glasses 2004
  • Gourmet Traveler food awards - -two stars 2006, one star 2005

Jaspers Restaurant

  • Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide – One Hat Award 2000 & 2001

 

OPENING HOURS

  • 5.30pm - 8.45pm, Tue to Thu.
  • 5.30pm - 9.30pm, Fri to Sat.
  • 5.30pm - 9.30pm, Sunday (long weekends only)

(Minimum 3 course dinner applies for Saturday nights and public holidays)

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