Simon Bryant (chef)
Simon Bryant (born 1965, Exeter, Devon, England) is a face well known to regional and urban Australia as he and South Australian food icon Maggie Beer are beamed into thousands of lounge rooms and kitchens via the ABC program The Cook & The Chef. The show aired more than 150 episodes over four years, attracting more than 600,000 viewers nationally each week.
Simon was with Hilton Adelaide for more than 10 years, commencing as a Commis Chef, followed by 18 months as a Chef de Partie in ‘The Grange’ with Cheong Liew and rapidly working his way up to Senior Sous Chef of ‘The Brasserie’. It was in ‘The Brasserie’ where Simon emerged as one of South Australia’s hottest young chefs and was promoted to Executive Chef overseeing 33 staff, 2 of the state's leading restaurants, a quick service deli, and as South Australia’s largest hotel, the largest catering and room service operations in the state.
Awards and presentations
- 2007 Hotel Management Magazine Awards for Excellence – Executive Chef of the Year 
- 2008 Restaurant and Catering Association (SA) – Chef of the Year 
- ‘Last Leaf’ column in South Australian gourmet magazine Sumptuous.
- South Australian Ambassador for Earth Hour 2008 and 2009.
- WOMAD 2008 – Presented native Australian produce at ‘Taste the World’
- Presenter at Department of Environment and Heritage ‘Reclaim the Food’ Chain event
- Ambassador for the Animal Welfare League and official Food Ambassador for Animals Asia 
- Campaigned for legislative change enabling Food Donor Laws to be changed – Hilton Adelaide now donates all unsold food to the Hutt Street Centre for the homeless daily
- First South Australian business to gain RSPCA Choose Wisely accreditation
- Botanic Gardens Foundation Kitchen Garden Ambassador