Chef Philippe Mouchel Moves On

Posted by Josette Dunn on 17th February 2010

Following six successful years of operation on Crown’s riverside, Crown’s revered and respected restaurant, the brasserie by Philippe Mouchel, will cease to operate as the brasserie by Philippe Mouchel on 30 June 2010.The end of an era of one of Melbourne’s most awarded restaurants was a mutual decision between Crown and the restaurant’s chef, Philippe Mouchel.

Crown’s Chief Executive Officer, David Courtney, commented, “Crown has enjoyed the partnership between Philippe Mouchel and our food and beverage operation and we wish Philippe every success in the future. His contribution to the industry has been significant. His knowledge and competence as a chef is exceptional and we thank and congratulate him for his achievements and far-reaching acclaim received during his tenure at Crown.”

The brasserie by Philippe Mouchel was awarded one chef’s hat in the prestigious The Age Good Food Guide in every year of the restaurant’s operation. It was also named Best European Restaurant in Victoria at the Restaurant and Catering Association of Victoria’s Awards of Excellence and was repeatedly recognised in the annual Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide.

Since his return to Melbourne in June 2004, Philippe Mouchel has been pleasing palates with his consistent dishes underpinned by faultless French technique tempered with contemporary tastes and textures.

“Cooking is my passion and pleasing diners brings me great pleasure. I enjoyed returning to Melbourne and indeed my time at Crown. I appreciate the recognition and acknowledgement for our efforts to create a classic, yet contemporary brasserie which hums with activity. It’s now time to focus on producing a cookbook and other projects,” remarked Philippe Mouchel.

Guests will be able to continue to enjoy the brasserie by Philippe Mouchel until 30 June 2010. The restaurant is hosting visiting American chef, Josiah Citrin from Los Angeles’ two Michelin Star restaurant, Melisse, during the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival from 16- 23 March. The restaurant is also hosting a wine dinner with Philippe’s close friend, winemaker Dominique Portet during the annual festival of food and wine. More information about these events is available at