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Chef George Calombaris to take over at Sydney’s Alpha restaurant

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Former MasterChef judge and chef George Calombaris is set to take over the kitchen at popular Greek restaurant Alpha in Sydney.

According to Good Food, Calombaris will take over from Alpha’s founding chef, Peter Conistis, who has already departed the Castlereagh Street venue. Conistis fronted the venue since its opening in 2013.

“What Peter’s done for Greek food in Australia is amazing,” Calombaris said.

Peter Consistis
Peter Conistis. Photo: Delicious.

Calombaris told Good Food that although he was excited to take on this new role at Alpha, he admitted to some apprehension.

“I’m nervous as hell,” Calombaris said. “I come here with so much respect, joining somewhere steeped in history.”

As well as a new offering of foods, the venue is also expected to receive a revamped menu and enhanced dining experience for patrons in the future.

Jon Adgemis
Jon Adgemis owns Public Hospitality Group. Photo: Development Ready.

This news comes shortly after Alpha was acquired by Public Hospitality Group (PHG) from the Hellenic Club in January this year. Owned by Jon Adgemis, PHG has been beset by a significant $500 million debt and cash flow issues, but is allegedly in talks for debt refinancing.

Calombaris has also experienced his share of controversies over the years, with his Made Establishment group going into administration in early 2020, forcing 12 venues to close. The collapse followed the business identifying $7.8 million in underpayments to 515 employees, who have since been reimbursed.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald.

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