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Meet the Team

About Manuka And Our Dedicated Team

Meet the Team behind Manuka Woodfire Kitchen. Our culinary journey is fueled by a dedicated and passionate team. We invite you to get to know the faces behind the flavours and discover the heart and soul of Manuka Woodfire Kitchen

The Team from Manuka & Shirley's

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Kenny

Kenny McHardy is a highly accomplished chef and restaurateur, renowned for his innovative woodfire cooking. In 2015, he and his wife Jody founded Manuka Woodfire Kitchen, an establishment that has since become synonymous with using locally sourced, seasonal produce from ethical and sustainable farms in WA. Kenny's expertise with woodfire cooking has enabled him to create simple yet outstanding woodfired dishes that show his skill and commitment to his craft. Originally from NZ, Kenny's culinary journey began at the age of 14 and has taken him to some of the world's most prestigious kitchens, including Michelin-starred restaurants in London and the celebrated Two Hatted Walters Wine Bar in Melbourne. Upon his return to WA, he went on to lead the kitchens of several iconic restaurants, including The Garden in Leederville, Coco’s Restaurant in South Perth, The Red Herring in East Fremantle, and Due South in Albany. Kenny's love for cooking with fire is what sets him apart as a chef, and he brings that same passion and expertise to our newest venue, Shirley’s.

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Billy

Billy is a seasoned chef with experience beginning in our state's Southwest where he completed his apprenticeship at Clairault and The Cape Wine Bar before moving into a position with the Margaret River Hospitality Group working under the guidance of exec chef, Tony Howell. Billy got his first head chef role at Morris's in Margaret River before moving to England, where he worked at the acclaimed three-rosette restaurant, Grafene. Upon returning to WA he fell in love with Fremantle and the laid back vibe where he could continue his hobbies including fishing, surfing & playing music. Before settling in as Manuka's head chef in he gained 4 years of invaluable experience leading the team at Sweetwater Rooftop Bar. Billy has a passion for both molecular gastronomy and fine dining, drawing inspiration from chefs like Martin Benn and Tetsuya Wakuda. In recent years he's found a new love for creating rustic, wholesome and flavourful dishes.

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Florian

Flo is a hospitality professional with over a decade of experience in the industry. With hospitality experience in both France and Australia it's not surprising in most recent years he's lead local Freo favourites such as Bread in Common & Whisper Wine Bar. For the past three years you would've come to know Flo as the super friendly, nothing is a problem, fearless leader on the Manuka floor. Outside of Manuka, you'll likely bump into him if you're also into rock-climbing, latin dancing, pilates or meditation. Flo grew up in Marseille, France until age 23. He then began to fill his world with travel of NZ, South America, Canada, Mexico, Columbia and Cuba. All whilst accomplishing qualifications including a Diploma of Hospitality Management, a Baccalauréat of Social and Economic Studies with English Major, and a Bachelor of Law, Commerce, and Management. Flo's passion for good food, outstanding wine, and interacting with people is evident in his work and personal life. With impeccable taste in wine, you'll love what he has listed at both Shirleys & Manuka.