Katrina Ryan | Noosa Eat and Drink

Katrina Ryan

As former Head Chef in Neil Perry’s famous ‘Rockpool’ restaurant and having owned her own successful restaurants, Katrina commenced her cooking career in 1987. She went to work for Neil Perry, first at Bondi Beach’s ‘Blue Water Grill’, and then to ‘Rockpool’ for 5 years. Three of those years were as Head Chef, overseeing burgeoning apprentices such as Kylie Kwong.

The arrival of children saw Katrina assisting her husband Mark with the running of their two restaurants, ‘The Pig and the Olives’, and several stints working as personal chef to Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise.

A sea change in 2000 brought the family to Noosa and Katrina joined the team at the ‘Spirit House Cooking School’ in Yandina, where she worked until July 2012. Katrina is also a co-author of the new Spirit House Book ‘Hot Plate’. For many years she wrote a weekly food column for the ‘Noosa Journal’ and in 2005-2006 filmed a series of cooking segments at the Spirit House for the TV program ‘Escape with ET’.

From 2009 – 2011 Katrina taught as guest chef on a regular basis at the ‘Sticky Rice Cooking School’ in the Adelaide Hills. Katrina has travelled regularly to Thailand as part of the Tag–a-Long tours for the Spirit House and in April 2011 lead a food tour to Tasmania.

Katrina was recently invited to be a contributor to The Great Australian Cookbook which was released in September 2015 and The Great Australian Baking Book released in June 2017 .

In 2012 Katrina and Mark established The Golden Pig Food and Wine School. It has been operating as a cooking school, cafe Monday – Friday as well as a function venue for parties and weddings. The Golden Pig has also gained a reputation for hosting innovative and highly successful corporate events incorporating food, wine and beer.

New changes are afoot and from July 2018 the Golden Pig will be closing the cafe and operating as a Pan Asian restaurant Tuesday – Saturday nights. The popular classes will be held on Sundays and Mondays and The Golden Pig will continue to host private classes, events and functions.

Find me at:


Neil Perry’s Blue Water Grill

12.00pm   Noosa Beach House Peter Kuruvita


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