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Meet Our Head Chef

Meet SoCal Sydney‘s New Head Ched, Keith Dsouza.

In 2022 we are excited to announce our new Head Chef, a long time Applejack legend… Keith Dsouza!


Let’s Get to know him a little better…

Keith Dsouza has worked for Applejack since 2017 when he joined as a baby faced cook while studying commercial cookery. He first joined the team at The Botanist, learning under ex- Head Chef Sa Va’afusuaga (Current Bopp & Tone Head Chef), before heading to The Butler PottsPoint under the guidance of Head Chef Amber Doig. Keith has worked at a number of other Applejack Venues over the years and has impressively progressed and grown into a leader in the kitchen.


Now, after 5 years of working tirelessly at mastering his craft, Keith takes over as Head Chef of SoCal Neutral Bay!

How did you first get into Hospitality?

I first got into hospitality studying at one the best hospitality schools in India, IHM Mumbai and then studying at Le Cordon Bleu Sydney.

What motivates and inspires you to work as a Head Chef?

The love for food and the fast-paced environment. Getting to meet passionate and like-minded people has inspired me to strive for a bright career in hospitality! My parents love for food has inspired me to love cooking, and my Chef mentors past and present have inspired me to gain as much knowledge as possible about food and running a kitchen.

What are you most excited about becoming Head Chef at SoCal?

What excited me the most is that SoCal has such a young and fun vibe. Working on a menu that is fresh and straight from the heart is what I’m aiming for.

If someone was coming to SoCal for the first time – what would you recommend from the menu?

For someone visiting us for the first time, I’d recommend the Snapper Ceviche and our good lineup of tacos!


We can’t wait to see what Keith brings to SoCal, next time you are in pop your head into the kitchen and say hi to Keith and his team!