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Denisse M Vera Martin WilmshurstMahboba RawiAta-Ur RehmanDr Mandy Hughes
I am a French born and trained chef from Paris. I left a dysfunctional family life when I was 15 to become a chef. After many hard years as an apprentice in Paris and Cannes I eventually found my way to Australia under a sills visa. I arrived on Anzac Day in 1991 with one suitcase and $1000 in my pocket and started my first job at The Treasury at Sydney’s Intercontinental Hotel.
It was there that I met my future wife and business partner –Sohani. Sohani’s family are of Indian descent and immigrated from South Africa in the 1970’s.
In 1996 I took on my first Head Chef position at the famous Gekko restaurant at The Sheraton on the Park. In 2000 Sohani and I turned our backs on our corporate careers to follow our dream of opening up our own café. This became a reality when we opened the doors of Bitton Alexandria.
In 2010 I published my first cookbook selling a unprecedented 60,000 copies and in 2011 we started Bitton Consulting, helping other small businesses and food producers.
In 2016 we further expanded with the opening of our second 100+ seater café in Oatley, Sydney.
I am an active philanthropist within my own local community and regularly work with the Ronald McDonald House charity. I was on the Partnership Council of the Chris O’Brien Life House Centre for Cancer Research and am very proud to have been an Australia Day Ambassador for the last 5 years.
Releasing my own Autobiography really just started as a gift to my children however I also hope it inspires others. It is for those looking for inspiration and striving to make a change in their life. I want them to believe that anything is possible and that the impossible is only temporary. Whatever your experience, the sooner you own it, the sooner you will grow from it. Life will knock you about, people will push you to your limits, but it’s up to you to get up, keep walking and acknowledge your self-worth.
Three things – opportunity, acceptance and exposure. I am extremely grateful for the opportunities that have come my way and for the exposure I have had to so many different cultures through food, travel and everyday life in my business.
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