Sonia has had a diverse range of hospitality and culinary experiences, styles and training over the course of her career.
The last 15 years of Sonia’s career entailed prominent roles in the highly regarded restaurant scene of the Hunter Valley Wine Country NSW. In the early 90’s, Sonia successfully opened two of her own restaurants in the region, The Cracked Bottle and The Water Hen.
Late 90’s saw her moving on to executive chef roles for Terrior Fine Dining, Hungerford Hill, Pokolbin NSW. Sonia was an executive chef for Hunter Valley Gardens consisting of fine dining, three successful pubs and concerts for up to 10,000 people. Her catering knowledge increasing further in the executive role for Wine Country Catering, Pokolbin NSW, tending to multiple high end weddings and events each weekend. More recently looking after The Booloominbah Collection at The University of New England.
Her achievements also extend to being the chef responsible for the writing and creating of all dishes for two books, “Curve” and “Vibe Entertains” for Vibe Hotels Australia.
Sonia’s move to Graze at the Willow Tree Inn sees her fulfil a desire that she has had to do so over the last few years. Her nurturing nature and desire to succeed is her driving force to see the team at Graze achieve further success and delight local palates in an elegant regional dining experience.