At the same time, Stella was being taken over to become The Melbourne City Wine Shop by owners Con Christopoulos and Josh Brisbane of neighbouring restaurant The European. So unknowingly Ian was being groomed for the job back at home on Spring Street and Con and Josh were building on a unique, iconic business that was meant for a chef of Ians calibre and style.
Ians food, generous, unpretentious and championing the produce sits perfectly alongside Con and Joshs ethos on food and the spirit of The European. So when he took the reins, the businesses thrived. The busy, bustling European became busier, with extended opening hours becoming a favourite for late night supper for fellow chefs and front of house in the industry.
The Supper Club food continued to thrive in matching its opulent, graceful but relaxed surroundings and the beautiful rooftop Siglo was born, along with private function space in The Tearoom. Ian took it all in his stride and is now responsible for 3 separate kitchens that work together harmoniously, amazing considering they are functioning almost 24/7.
Ian is well known and respected in the industry as being firm but fair. He is extremely willing to give time and knowledge to young chefs and his kitchens always house work experience enthusiasts. He loves the idea of feeding the industry and giving back to it. Not having quite enough to do, Ian volunteers himself for a variety of different charity work.
From working hands on with clients with drug and alcohol issues through St Vincent De Paul, to having his skills and time auctioned off to raise money for Starlight and The Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. He also has two baby girls Cooper, 2 and Cassidy, 2 months. In his very scarce spare time, Ian loves golfing and supporting his beloved Chelsea Football Club.
In February 2011 Ian helmed Network Sevens Conviction Kitchen, a ground-breaking reality program following twelve convicted criminals as they are shown the skills to work within a high-profile restaurant.