Project Description


Ian Oakes was born and raised in Sydney and with it came his enthusiasm for fresh, quality food that reflects the Australian way of life. Ian is passionate about using seasonal, locally sourced produce to create innovative dishes and memorable flavours.

As Head Chef at the much loved The Grand National (Restaurant) in Paddington, ‘The Nash’ was awarded a 1 Chef’s Hat rating for four consecutive years under his watch. Ian then travelled to Europe to broaden his repertoire, working in London at Kitchen W8, with stages at St. Johns and The Ledbury. Upon returning home, Ian consulted across a selection of Sydney venues before turning his attention to his newest project, Drake Eatery.

Ian’s vision for Drake is the culmination of his many years of experience. Already a local Bondi favourite, Drake reflects Ian’s passion for using quality ingredients to create exceptional, technique-driven food in a relaxed and casual setting.