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The Ducks is a great story of food, born in the surf! It all started with three good mates travelling the world, cultivating ideas around a better, more sustainable approach to living. Somewhere there, in a shared belief in good ethical food — Three Blue Ducks was hatched. We returned to Bronte to live alongside sun and surf and soon our crew of three grew to six.

We became friends organically over our love of sharing great food with no frills, cooking, fishing and surfing together whilst maintaining an ethical and sustainable business that we are amazingly proud of. At Three Blue Ducks, we stand by a set of principles that encourage us to continuously reinvent the wheel and ensure that we implement ethical and sustainable business practices on all levels.

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We work with honest suppliers we like who have the best quality produce. We are committed to creating interesting dishes, banging with flavour that is simple and a bit rough around the edges. We are less white tablecloth dining and more come-as-you-are kind of vibe. If we can all be a little more conscious of these issues and make more informed decisions, then we believe it can only be a good thing for our planet.

This is where Andy met Mark and Darren as they were guest chefs on the show. Once he was on the show, Andy was open to admitting he was by far the most inexperienced and weakest cook amongst the group.

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Andy read, he researched, he watched and listened and saw every opportunity as a learning opportunity. After an 8 month commitment, locked away from his friends and family on some sort of rapid culinary apprenticeship on steroids, Andy emerged the youngest winner of MasterChef with a thirst to learn as much as he could about food.

Then in Andy officially became part of the group, becoming a co-owner of Three Blue Ducks Rosebery. A chef with a passionate advocate of farm-to-table cooking, Darren champions sustainability and using ethically farmed produce.

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At the time, the restaurant held three chefs hats and was voted the 5th best restaurant in the world. Daz is also the co-author of three cookbooks and writes for Delicious. Mark started his career in cooking straight after high school in and landed an apprenticeship under Klaus Huber, the executive chef for Bennelong and the Opera House restaurants.

He went on to work at Tetsuyas where he met fellow mate and Duck, Darren Robertson. Inhe left to live the dream, snowboarding and cooking in chalets during the winters and surfing the French, Portuguese, Spanish and Moroccan coastlines during the summer with his well-earned Swiss Francs. It was when the penny dropped and the idea behind Three Blue Ducks came to fruition. Three Ducks became five when they ed forces with Jeff Bennett and Darren Robertson to open for dinner.

Six weeks later, they were awarded their first hat. The Ducks newest venture is a restaurant at the W hotel in Brisbane. Passionate about subsistence hunting, Mark largely hunts wild animals considered pests, such as deer, rabbits, kangaroos and goats, and spearfishes for Spanish mackerel, tuna, snapper, mahi-mahi, squid, cuttlefish, lobster and sea urchin — everything he hunts, he eats.

For Mark, hunting is Guy at blue tapas and bar tonight important way of engaging with the environment, and becoming an advocate to protect it. Away from the tools Marky, as he is affectionately known, is as avid road bike motorcycle racer, cyclist, forager, surfer and loving partner to his wife, Hannah. After a stellar career at 13 delivering pharmaceuticals on his bike, Jeff moved on and found his feet with his first foray in the food industry. Not quite the upper end of the industry, but a brief stint at McDonald's was at least the first step on the ladder.

After a bizarre "epiphany" Jeff returned to Oz to study computer science and then worked as a programmer at Macquarie Bank where he learnt what it was like to be a "fish out of water" and do something that you have no passion for. With various attempts at finding his place in the working world, he decided the next move was to go out on his own.

At the time he was living in Bronte and was amazed at the lack of decent food options for such a busy little area. A few months later a shiny new pizza shop opened and he had his first business. As luck would have it, a few months later, three young l aka Three Blue Ducks opened a cafe next door. The four boys became mates, explored the world of food and beer and then one day, over a discussion about chicken soup, Mark chef duck and Jeff came up with a crazy idea of ing the two spaces together, knocking some holes in walls, putting tables in the alley between, building a bar and taking Three Blue Ducks to the next level.

One week later the pizza shop closed and the tools were out. Born and bred in Bronte, Chriso grew up with saltwater in his blood. Both his parents loved the ocean, surfing and spearfishing, so it was inevitable that he spent most of his youth in the water. After studying a sports science degree Chris decided to travel the world, spending 5yrs mostly in Europe and North Africa, but also in Indonesia, surfing of course.

One favourite spot was Morocco where he met future Duck, Mark Labrooy. Three Blue Ducks were born. He had a passion for coffee and dove in deep, turning that passion into a skill. With the help of the crew at Single O, Chris honed his knowledge and ability, learning a lot of the coffee business on the job once Three Blue Ducks Bronte opened.

Since then the coffee culture in Australia has changed immensely, and with it the detail that Chris puts into the coffee at Three Blue Ducks. Today Three Blue Ducks are well renowned for its incredible in-house coffee culture purely because of this dedication and devotion, Chris has to get every cup right.

He also implemented Three Blue Ducks Tea range that can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home. Born in Surry Hills in the heart of the Sydney City, Sam Reid was drawn to the salty brine of the ocean from a young age. During his early childhood years, his family moved to Bronte Beach where he grew up in a thick community of local surfers. Growing up in a family with a love for great food, Sam always had an appreciation for quality produce. At the age of 23, he started what was to be a successful fruit box business call 'Fruitman Sam' which ran throughout the Eastern Suburbs. A few years later while vagabonding overseas he and his two close friends Mark Labrooy and Chris Sorrell stemmed the idea to start a cafe together.

A short while later on his return, Sam had found a location in his hometown of Bronte and things moved quickly. Three Blue Ducks opened with a bang. Mark Labrooy's bold cooking, Chris Sorrell's attention to detail with coffee and Sam's welcoming customer service meant they had queues out the door from day one, most of them being the local community. They won 'Best Breakfast in Sydney' in the first year they were open and things rolled on from there. Sam still works in the restaurants full-time and now resides in the Northern Rivers with his partner Daisy and their two boys.

Growing up and working in kitchens around Byron Bay for the last 17 years I could not see myself anywhere other than the Ducks. The philosophy and connection to the food are close to my heart. Having direct contact with who, how, why and where your food is grown is an integral part of my personal and professional life. When you have an understanding of where your food comes from and what goes into it, it gives you a different appreciation and respect for the product.

Food was always a focus for my family growing up, I learnt to make dishes for our Danish celebration feasts. This carried me into my first job at 14 years old, at a small pizza place. Here I worked through to my HSC. Then went into an apprenticeship. I learnt all different the sides of catering and wholesale.

It also introduced me to early starts having dozens of cakes and muffins ready for delivery to cafes by 7am. From here I started working in Lennox head, finished my apprenticeship and moved into the Head Chef at 23 and loved the challenge.

Then onto Newrybar while I was Head Chef, our team won their first hat. A proud moment for me. Learning every day working with amazing produce and people is what inspires me. When I was younger I had a job doing door-to-door sales, and instead of grinding it out trying to talk to as many people as possible, I'd be checking to see where the best coffee in the suburb was; where I'd hang out and drink coffee all day. Obviously, that didn't work out too well so I decided to find a job making coffee. I literally love it.

Being able to talk to people all day about a product I'm super interested in is my definition of "living the dream". At The Ducks, Guy at blue tapas and bar tonight lucky enough to have some epic equipment and are able to get our hands on some incredible coffees from all over the world.

I enjoy learning more about the processing and growing involvement in getting some of these super delicious flavours from a pretty basic plant. If I'm not going about the daily grind at The Ducks, I'm more than likely working for myself in the coffee trailer that my wife and I own. Back then, there was only one restaurant and all of the owners worked out of it! Being part of a company that really cared about the farmers and the growers who were supplying them with produce, the Ducks passion was infectious.

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I still feel so fortunate to work for a company that's renowned as the Sydney progenitors of paddock to plate, grow it yourself, minimum waste movement. I suppose not surprisingly, during my time with Three Blue Ducks, my interest in agriculture — in particular pertaining to the world of viticulture — piqued.

Over the last five years, I have loved exploring the country's amazing and varied wine regions, discovering and learning as much as I can about Australia's wine industry. So much so, I am now studying a Bachelor of Viticulture alongside my role as the group's sommelier! I took some time out to travel around Australia and fell in love with Byron Bay in

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