Paul Desmet …..(AKA The Wookiee ) and Marion Desmet arrived in Sydney early 2007. A love of traditional old style cooking , a heritage of generous hospitality and an aversion to the modern fixation with Fad Foods drew them to start SaltPepperNutmeg as a catering company, specialising in canapés and private dining . Many adventures later an opportunity in Roseville came up and the rest is History.
Paul grew up in South Africa. With family roots in Europe and a God Mother who worked under Lenotre in Paris, good food was always on the table and the traditional skills and recipes were handed down. Paul started in kitchens early in the eighties and His palate was honed in Switzerland, Belgium and London. In 1998 He uprooted the Family and spent the next stage of the experience in Borneo, Malaysia and Singapore. These travels further extended His repertoire until the move to Sydney became a reality in early 2007.
Marion has her roots in Fashion, Interior Design and in traditional full service Hospitality Operations. Marions’ passionate belief that everybody in the Dining room must get treated equally anchors the service culture at SaltPepperNutmeg and Her quirky and unique touch to table decor permeates the space. The room moves with the seasons and fresh flowers are part of the SaltPepperNutmeg experience.
Paul and Marion believe in foraging for the best available ingredients on any given day- small quantities are brought and the mise en place turns over fast. The specials board changes constantly, daily , sometimes twice daily, although successful specials stick around and the really good ones end upon the menu. Regular customers know to get in quick and reserve portions , especially when the fishing has been good. Good Bread with ripe Tomatoes are signature obsessions with Paul and Marion.
Interaction with customers is important and customisation of dishes and menus is encouraged to make every customers experience as unique as possible. Paul has a particular specialisation and interest in catering for special Dietary needs while the Wookie looks after Childrens food and loves encouraging young palates to move away from chips and nuggets