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Esteemed chef Tony Howell signs on to lead Busselton Jetty’s new Ocean Cafe

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Tony Howell has joined the ranks as consultant executive chef at the jetty’s soon-to-be constructed Ocean Cafe.
Camera IconTony Howell has joined the ranks as consultant executive chef at the jetty’s soon-to-be constructed Ocean Cafe. Credit: Breanna Redhead/BDT

Following the announcement of their new Jetty Village, Busselton Jetty has welcomed an award-winning chef to their team.

Tony Howell has joined the ranks as consultant executive chef at the jetty’s soon-to-be constructed Ocean Cafe.

Ahead of the recently announced plans, nearly 15,000 people surveyed at the jetty over the past five years said enjoying WA’s best fish and chips while sitting over the ocean was their number one request.

Howell has a long and esteemed career in the kitchen, including 20 years as executive chef at Cape Lodge where he set the bar for excellence in regional, seasonal dining.

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A culinary ambassador to Tourism WA and Tourism Australia, Howell has presented on television, appeared at food festivals across the country and most recently, fronted a tourism campaign in the UK “BBQ Hotline”.

The four-time winner of Conde Nast Gold List Best Food Category said he’s excited to be leading the jetty team on this new venture.

“We’ve planned the kitchen, we have an outline for a menu — which will, of course, feature fresh West Australian seafood and South West produce, and in the near future, we’ll start recruiting staff — and what a great part of the world to work,” Howell said.

“The Ocean Cafe will be a place for locals and for visitors for breakfast and lunch and we’re planning to have special events at night.”

Situated in a unique location, the Ocean Cafe will offer 360-degree ocean views and complement the jetty’s successful Underwater Observatory experience.

Busselton Jetty CEO Lisa Shreeve said that having Howell lead the culinary team is a coup for the jetty and for its future customers.

“Tony is so passionate about local produce and Western Australia — he really is the perfect person to be at the helm of the Jetty’s Ocean Cafe,” she said.

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