Brand Ambassadors

Club Chef Brand Ambassador

Jarrod Di Blasi

Jarrod began his formal cooking training in late high school, studying food technology and food design. His early career included time at The Deck, Southbank, and The Point, Albert Park, under the mentorship of Ian Curley. Curley introduced Jarrod to Mod-Oz cuisine and the demands of a fine traditional service restaurant. It was here that Jarrod’s desire to work in the UK was formed.

At 19, Jarrod realized his goal, joining Tom Aikens at his eponymous Michelin-starred London restaurant, a gruelling and formative experience that developed his appetite for hard work. Indeed, after returning to Australia for a quick stint at Bottega, Jarrod was lured back to Tom Aiken’s Restaurant for another year of service. This second time he was more able to appreciate the kitchen’s precision and ambition, and took it upon himself to broaden his cookery study.

In 2009 Jarrod again returned to Melbourne to take up a Senior Chef de Partie position with Dallas Cuddy at Verge. Here he enjoyed blurring the boundaries between eastern and western influences, and was promoted to Sous Chef at the start of 2011.

After Verge closed its doors, ezard welcomed Jarrod to the team as Sous Chef in 2012, under the direction of Executive Chef / Director Teage Ezard and long-serving Head Chef Sharn Greiner. After absorbing the food and business philosophy that has maintained ezard’s reputation for over all these years, Jarrod took over the reigns as Head Chef at the start of 2014.

Jarrod’s leadership and passion were a natural fit at ezard, where his inherent drive for developing new menus with Teage continued the tradition of balancing a variety of influences, flavours and textures.

Winner of the Good Food Guide’s 2017 Young Chef of the Year, Jarrod has also appeared on MasterChef Australia as a guest judge and is currently the Head Chef at Izakaya Den in the Melbourne CBD.

Jarrod’s high standards extend to all facets of his profession including his chef whites. Having worn Club Chef uniforms for his entire career, Jarrod continues to wear Club Chef for its perfect fit, design and longevity.