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Indulge in an exclusive five course degustation at Marque

Studio Neon & Hopscotch Collective proudly presents Sunday Sous Sessions, an Australian-first which will give talented Sous Chefs from hatted Sydney restaurants the unique opportunity to design their own unique five course degustation menu for an intimate gathering of 50 guests.

This exclusive dining event takes place every Sunday evening in September at the space formerly known as Mark Best's renowned restaurant Marque on Crown St in Surry Hills.

Sunday Sous Sessions highlight the people behind some of Sydney's top restaurants, the unique and unprecedented talent of our hospitality industry, and encourages and promotes the growth of Sous Chefs.

The first of four the Sunday Sous Session events features nel. Restaurant's Senior Sous Chef, Andy Ashby who works alongside the renowned Nelly Robinson. Starting his career at an early age in New Zealand, Ashby moved to Australia landing at hatted restaurant The Point, working underneath Scott Picket.

From there Ashby moved to the highly acclaimed qualia (Hamilton Island) where he had the opportunity to work in the kitchen with the likes of Peter Gilmore, Guillaume Brahimi and Shannon Bennett. Ashby has also worked at the hatted Thompson Reserve in Brisbane prior to moving to nel. Restaurant alongside Nelly Robinson where they are famed for their degustation menu that changes on a six-week rotation.

Joining Andy Ashby from nel. Restaurant (3rd September) will be three highly acclaimed Sous Chefs including Khanh Nguyen from Cirrus Dining (10th September), Sam Young from Merivale (17th September) and Alex Farrow from North Bondi Fish (23rd September).

"We are proud to showcase four of the most talented Sous Chefs Sydney has to offer in our inaugural Sunday Sous Sessions event series," says Aaron Teece, Founder of Studio NEON. "There is no doubt Andy, Khanh, Sam and Alex each have worked in some of the best kitchens in the world, and now is truly a time for each Sous Chef to shine at their own event."

Khanh Nguyen, Sous Chef at Cirrus Dining, has worked at some of Sydney's most well-known restaurants including Mr Wong during its launch phase. Khanh has worked in kitchens including Bentley under acclaimed Head Chef Aidan Stevens and Monopole prior to taking on the role of Sous Chef at Cirrus Dining. At Khanh's Sunday Sous Session, guests can expect to be inspired by the sights, sounds and smells of South East Asian street food as Khanh cites his travels through Vietnam as a firm inspiration for his menu.

Sam Young, recently appointed Sous Chef at Merivale is proud to call Dan Hong his greatest mentor. Sam has worked in kitchens including Mr Wong, Ms G's and Fratelli Paradiso before returning back to Merivale Group as a Sous Chef. Guests attending Sam's Sunday Sous Session can expect to experience a Chinese inspired menu when it comes to dishes and flavour profile, taking notes from his own heritage, however this will be integrated with traditional Italian cooking methods giving guests a truly unique dining experience.

The final Sunday Sous Session will feature Alex Farrow, Sous Chef from North Bondi Fish who currently works under Zac Sykes. Alex has worked in some of the world's most well-known kitchens globally, and with the world's most elite chefs including Gordan Ramsey.

"Like with all creativity, inspiration for a chef is limitless and is truly individual. From four different Sous Chefs, we are seeing the sum of their culinary and personal experiences and passion harnessed and put into their own unique menus that will be shared exclusively with Sunday Sous Sessions diners. This is an opportunity for Sydney and the hospitality industry to show their full support behind our emerging talent, and an event not to be missed for lovers amazing food," says Aaron.

Bookings are now open for all four Sunday Sous Sessions. Tickets for each session are $165 per head with a portion of all ticket sales donated to beyondblue and RUOK Day (September 14th), as the official charity partners of Sunday Sous Sessions via Humanatix. The price includes a 5 Course Degustation with Drink Pairings.

Early bookings are advised as places are strictly limited - to reserve your place, please visit

For more information on the upcoming sessions and participating Sous Chefs, please visit Instagram: @sundaysoussessions and Facebook: @sundaysoussessions. #sundaysous #sundaysoussessions

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When: 3 September / 10 September / 17 September / 24 September
Where: Studio Neon Pop-Up, 4/5 355 Crown Street, Surry Hills, 2010 Australia
Cost: Tickets for each session are $165 per head
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