A successful project can only be achieved when there is a successful relationship with the people you work with, and the clients you collaborate with.

 

 

Melissa Gardner

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Combining a strong work ethic and her passion for good design, Mel's design style features clean and simple forms, strong typography and a no-fuss approach to achieve a high impact aesthetic.

With a broad creative industry background and more than 15 years experience, Mel has worked in studios in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. In 2010 she helped establish a successful design agency in Surry Hills, which she ran for 5 years with her business partner, before making the decision in 2015 to launch her first solo venture, The Eatery Group.

Mel's vision was to create an agency who focus purely on the hospitality industry, with a team who is able to deliver not only design and aesthetic, but also operational and service strategies to each and every project. This unique difference sets us apart from other design and consulting agencies as these two disciplines are rarely combined under the same roof. Mel has worked with clients large and small but is particularly passionate about developing genuine relationships and working with like-minded, ambitious clients.

Sunny Matharu

HOSPITALITY CONSULTANT

Sunny has worked extensively in the hospitality industry for more than 15 years, in both his hometown of London and for the past 9 years, Sydney. His versatility within the industry has led him to manage popular restaurants, produce pop-up bars and restaurants and organise dining for some of the world's rich and famous.

He has been Host and Manager at several well renowned Sydney establishments, including Merivale's Mr Wong, MOJO by Luke Mangan and Surry Hills popular Toko.

Sunny’s divercity has also seen him manage major music, entertainment and sporting dining events for artists including; Coldplay, Daniel Johns and the English Cricket Team, to name just a few. Whilst at Toko, he organised a collaboration with Oz Harvest to organise a challenge on Masterchef Australia, which gained unparalleled exposure on Channel 10.

Sunny creates exceptional and effortless dining experiences for his loyal clientele, whilst managing his dining rooms with precision, enthusiasm and a smile. 

Kiehyon Yoo

HOSPITALITY CONSULTANT

Kiehyon's career is full of Sydney dining hotspots. Mr Wong, Mejico, North Bondi Italian, Jimmy LiksTetsuya’s, Omega and Toko to name a few. 

Kiehyon trained at the Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School, which is fully accredited by the International Hotel and Tourism Training Institute in Lausanne, Switzerland. 

His experience and roles have encompassed initial setup and construction of restaurants, through to Sommelier, Restaurant Manager, Bar Manager, Host, Licensee and has also been a part of the Merivale Management team. Kiehyon has also consulted for the Korean restaurant, Palais de Gaumontin Seoul.

Kiehyon's breadth of skill within the Sydney dining industry is seldom matched. He’s been involved in every aspect of the dining experience, but still maintains an ability to look at everything as a whole, rather than individual pieces. He's quietly determined, methodical in his work, and an invaluable part of our team. 

Drew Fellows

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Being driven by the designed world around him, Drew is the creative director and co-founder of The Eatery. Like Mel, he wanted to take his 15 years of creative industry experience and target that energy into an area he was deeply passionate about: food and hospitality.

Drew has worked in the advertising and design industries in both Brisbane and Sydney. His experience working with the government, retail, property and the arts sectors has given him an exceptional grasp of brands and brand strategy, which he brings to the culinary world. His style is clean, measured and sophisticated, making his work and his client's brands enduring and timeless.  

With the endless knowledge banks of The Eatery consultants, Drew is able to craft dining concepts and strategies that not only delight diners, but also work for the venue owners, staff and the bank manager. Only then can a restaurant be considered well designed. 

 
 

We are constantly extending our team of professionals in the creative, food & hospitality industries, enabling us to craft an unparalleled team for each and every project.