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Troy Payne

Troy Payne

chef patron at HOME BY TROY

Awarded “Pro Chef” of the year 2021


I grew up cooking in some of Melbourne’s most awarded restaurants since the age of 15, steadily learning my craft from the best Chef’s in the country.

I very much strive to be a part of a team that pushes themselves to learn and be better each and every day to help create the ideal Restaurant experience.  Making sure that all guests and staff want to be a part of the full experience that is offered.

In 2004 I opened my own restaurant, Lady Hawke, in the Dandenong Ranges, where I earned wide acclaim from peers, critics and diners for my stylish and sophisticated modern Middle Eastern-Mediterranean menus. Also working as a food consultant to the highly regarded Domain Chandon restaurant in the Yarra Valley during this time.

After spending several years overseas, expanding my repertoire and skills, I returned to Melbourne and in November 2008 I took up the reins as head chef at Melbourne’s new MoMo restaurant, where I worked alongside the Modern Middle Eastern Master, Greg Malouf.

2010 and it was time to open our own venue, The post office hotel in Coburg, Melbourne. Where we able to help bring new life and excitement through middle eastern food to a wonderful community.

Dubai followed running the kitchens at both Clé, The sum of us (bull&roo executive chef) Zahira and the Pangolin restaurant that was able to bring and operate new ideas to the UAE.

Currently I have moved into a consulting position which enables me the time to also focus on my own project

 “hôme by troy”

A live fire dining experience in the desert, events, homes or private spaces. Making sure that everything is made in house, such as butters, vinegars, charcutier, fresh sausages, mustards, sauces, pickles, ferments, and much much more. Where the focus is heritage, culture, traditions and memories, while providing a training ground for future generations of cooks.

For some visuals, please have a scroll through my social media

Instagram accounts       -     trotskie      -     hôme.x.troy