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type C photograph on paper (frame: 112.8 cm x 93.0 cm, sheet: 76.0 cm x 76.0 cm, image: 72.7 cm x 73.0 cm)

Matt Moran (b. 1969), chef and restaurateur, grew up on a dairy farm at rural Badgery’s Creek, near Sydney, and left school at fifteen to pursue an apprenticeship. Having trained at La Belle Helene and with Stefano Manfredi of Restaurant Manfredi, he launched his first restaurant, the Paddington Inn Bistro in Sydney with business partner Peter Sullivan in 1991. Three years after it opened it received a Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide chef’s hat. Moran, with Sullivan, proceeded to run Moran’s at Potts Point before launching ARIA in 1999. Located in the controversial ‘toaster’ building beside the Opera House, ARIA achieved instant renown. In its first year of operation it was given two hats in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide, and although it subsequently lost a hat, Moran had managed to win it back by 2006, and it still had two hats in 2018. (ARIA Brisbane, opened in 2009, has two hats also.) While expanding his restaurant empire, in recent years Moran has acted as a consultant to Singapore Airlines and appeared on television in MasterChef, My Restaurant Rules and Matt Moran’s Paddock to Plate (meat for his establishments comes from his own Central Tablelands family farm). His most recent books include When I get home (2009), Dinner at Matt’s (2011) Matt’s Kitchen Garden Cookbook (2014) and Matt Moran’s Australian Food: coast to country (2017).

This photograph was displayed at the Art Gallery of New South Wales’s Shoot the Chef exhibition in 2004, and the National Portrait Gallery’s Masters of Fare exhibition in 2004 – 2005.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artists 2005
© Murray Fredericks and Lisa Giles

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Artist and subject

Murray Fredericks and Lisa Giles

Matt Moran (age 35 in 2004)

Subject professions

Food and cooking

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Masters of Fare

Magazine article by Andrew Sayers AM, 2004

The exhibition Masters of Fare: Chefs, Winemaking, Providores celebrates those who have championed the unique culinary characteristics and produce of Australia.

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Creatures of Leisure series (David 'Bird' Twohill)
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Electric!

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Previous exhibition, 2018

Celebrate the Gallery’s 20th birthday summer with Electric! Portraits that pop! The collection exhibition features a mix of bright, bold and colourful paintings, prints and photographs, and buoyant video portraits.

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