06-Jul-2011 | Executive Chef at Mercure Launceston, Nick Moritz, showed an interest in cooking at an early age and as a result his mother purchased him a Le Cruseut frying pan. To this day, it is one of Nick’s most treasured possessions.Nick started working at Snappers Restaurant at the Mercure Launceston six months ago and has created an exciting new winter menu using superb Tasmanian produce that will no doubt impress business events groups. Nick says he has taken a little of the influences of his past to create what he describes as a “modern interpretation of classic French food”.
Born in Canada, attending schools in Singapore and Malaysia and finishing at Xavier College in Melbourne, Nick started a Civil Engineering university degree, however he “bombed out” of that and went on to wash dishes at the Hyatt in Melbourne for a year. He then started an apprenticeship under executive chefs Roger Lionheart and Dieter Hermann and also worked with another young chef, Shannon Bennett, who is currently ranked one of the top 100 chefs in the world.
Following his apprenticeship, Nick moved to London and started at the Putney Bridge Restaurant and Bar where he worked alongside Michelin Star Chef, Anthony Demetre. Some soul searching followed regarding “chefdom” and after having worked with Eric Mohr (Two Chef Hats) along with a season at Mt Buller, Nick found his way to Mercure Launceston.
Nick is enjoying working as a member of the Mercure Launceston team and draws inspiration from Stephanie Alexander, Maggie Beer, Eric Mohr and Anthony Demetre (mentioned above).
Snappers Restaurant is open every night from 6.00pm and Nick invites business events groups to come and sample his new winter menu.
Mercure Launceston is conveniently located in the city centre, just a 15 minute drive from the airport and a short walk from the main shopping strip. As well as Snappers Restaurant, the hotel offers a bar and two conference rooms accommodating up to 150 people.
Mercure Launceston is located close to several Launceston attractions such as James Boag Brewery, Launceston Seaport, Penny Royal World and Cataract Gorge and is a great location to hold business events.
For further information on the Mercure Launceston, please visit the website or contact Joscelyn Littlejohn via email, phone 03 6333 9950.
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