Get ready for a hint of “Mod Oz” (Modern Australian) on Kiawah Island. Australian Brendon Bashford is the new Executive Chef of The Sanctuary
Originally from Brisbane, Australia, Bashford has travelled the world working within the Fairmont Hotels and Resorts collection of fine hotels. After starting with the hotel company at the Chateau Lake Louise & Banff Springs, Bashford opened hotels in Dubai and rose to Executive Chef in Bermuda before moving to the Plaza Hotel in New York City where he oversaw four different restaurants including the famous Oak Room. Bashford joins the Kiawah team from Boston where he recently served as the Executive Chef charged with opening the Fairmont Battery Wharf.
What is “Mod Oz?” The easy definition is the melting pot that is now modern Australian cuisine. Australian chefs are on the forefront of the culinary world creating cuisine that speaks to accessible, uncomplicated & relaxing dining experiences.
When asked about his new role at The Sanctuary, Bashford remarked on the similarities between the Lowcountry and his hometown in Australia and the rich abundance of traditions and native ingredients found here. “I look forward to the responsibility of directing all culinary activities at The Sanctuary. We are fortunate to have such a wealth of traditions and native ingredients here in the Charleston area. It fits into my philosophy of sensible, sustainable and straight forward cuisine,” said Bashford.