Aaron Ward has been revealed as Bathers’ Pavilion’s new executive chef after time spent at much-loved Sydney venues Sixpenny, Shell House, Ester, and LuMi Dining.

Ward’s menu will launch from 9 November and is expected to be a showcase of local producers, farmers, and fishermen from the area.

The menu is also set to host an interactive element with the introduction of shared dish concepts and the finishing of dishes table-side with explanations from staff on the creation and ingredients of each.

“I’m excited for a sea change and this is a great opportunity to challenge myself at a restaurant that is rich in culinary history. Cooking to me is all about a guest’s experience and making it unforgettable,” says Ward.

“Coming into summer months is a favourite for using fresh, light and clean flavours. I think seafood will have a large place on the menu, located on Balmoral beach, it just makes sense.”

Details of Ward’s menu are set to be revealed in the coming week in the lead-up to the launch.

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The announcement of Ward’s appointment follows the launch of Bathers’ Pavilion’s summer pop-up Eddy’s and the sell-out L’Enclume residency.

Bathers’ Pavilion Co-owners Ian Pagent and Jess Shirvington have also announced the acquirement of Sutton Forest’s Rotherwood Estate, and the appointment of Pacharin “Air” Jantrakool as head chef for Betel Leaf.

“2023 has been a huge year for Bathers’ and we want to keep the momentum going into 2024,” says Shirvington.

“With Perry Hill at the helm for the bistro and Eddy’s, Air taking the reins of Betel Leaf and now Aaron heading up the restaurant – I can’t wait to welcome our guests into the festive period and beyond.”