Photo by Anna Kucera
One of the standout culinary attractions at The Star, Sydney, BLACK Bar & Grill recently appointed new Executive Chef, Dany Karam.
Dany began his international culinary journey in his home country of Lebanon, where he trained for five years, including a stint as Senior Chef de Partie Chef at Beirut’s award-winning restaurant Le Centrale.
He then moved to Nice, France where he honed his skills and further expanded his understanding and approach to modern cuisine at Michelin-starred restaurant, Particulier.
After moving to Australia in 2009, Dany joined The Star as Senior Junior Sous Chef at the hatted Astral restaurant.
Since then, Dany has been a strong and innovative force across The Star’s many dining offerings, bringing his fresh approach of combining cultures and cuisine to a number of venues and styles including French, modern Australian and most recently, BLACK Bar & Grill's classically inspired food styles influenced by great American grills and contemporary Europe.
Dany’s philosophy is based around paying homage to traditional cuisines but adding a modern twist to create an experience, not simply a meal.
Addy Lam is Head Sommelier at contemporary Australian grill, BLACK Bar & Grill, which is one of the signature restaurants and standout culinary attractions at The Star Sydney, overlooking Sydney Harbour.
Since joining the award-winning team at the 115-seat restaurant in 2015, Addy has taken great pride in managing one of Sydney’s largest international wine cellars, which houses more than 1000 bins.
Since then he has perfected the extensive wine list to match the seasonal menus and added many old and rare one off bottles.
Addy is an authority on Australian and international food and wine matching. He has worked as a sommelier for over a decade across some of Australia’s foremost dining venues. He honed his skills in Sydney at famed fine dining establishments including Quay, Tetsuya’s Aria, Pier and Rockpool before joining BLACK Bar & Grill.
He was a scholar of The Len Evans Tutorial 2016, Ruinart Sommeliers Challenge 2015 Finalist, 2014 Scholar of The Lorenzo Galli Italian Wine Scholarship and 2010 Scholar of The Australia Sommelier Education Scholarship.
Addy believes continuous learning is essential to providing professional and exceptional high standard service.