Recipe for success

Che and Jules Devlin are re-opening the restaurant their parents ran for 20 years, the Fig Tree.
Che and Jules Devlin are re-opening the restaurant their parents ran for 20 years, the Fig Tree.


CHE and Jules Devlin of Byron Bay are about to fulfill a dream.

Since they were young boys working in the kitchen of their parent's restaurant at Ewingsdale, the brothers have wanted to work together running their own establishment.

And now after 'cooking up a storm' in restaurants all over the world, the pair will re-open the restaurant their parents Charly and Heather started more than 20 years ago.

The Fig Tree Restaurant closed three years ago, but tonight the stoves will be lit again and Che and Jules' dream will have come to fruition.

"We were always close as brothers and we had always said how great it would be to work together," Che said.

Che and Jules trained under their father Charly before they both decided to embark on a culinary journey of their own.

Che has spent the past seven years travelling the world, working in many locations including Turkey, Ireland, France and Scotland.

"Food is the currency of life and and there is an old Arabic saying that I particularly like," Che said.

"It says 'don't dismiss this dish as just food'."

He has won many top awards for his cooking and his skills as a restaurant manager including the Best Restaurant Manager of The Year and Best Fish Chef of the Year, both in Britain.

Meanwhile, brother Jules has been eating and working his way around South-East Asia, China, Russia, Scandinavia and Europe.

The Fig Tree Restaurant will open for dinner from Wednesday to Saturday and lunch on Sundays.

Celebrations are catered for and Che and Jules are looking forward to welcoming back their old friends and meeting new ones.

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