The Chefs

Little Valley team

Chefs Jake Pregnell and Simon Hanmer are back on the tools together at Little Valley, following their time together at highly acclaimed, hatted restaurant Rick Shores in Burleigh Heads. 

With stints at Spirit House and Spice Temple also under his belt, Jake is well versed in modern Asian cuisine. Simon was most recently at popular Spice Bar on the Sunshine Coast.

Little Valley is a self-proclaimed “neo-Chinese” dining hall which recently won Brisbane’s Best New Restaurant in the Weekend Edition’s 2019 Eat/Drink Awards. Just as they fine-tuned Rick Shores for the GC’s chilled and laid-back vibe, Little Valley aims to evoke the street life of Hong Kong, but with a dash of old-world charm courtesy of the century-old building it’s housed within.

Jake and Simon are generously donating their time, skills and produce to create magic in the kitchen.

Little Valley
6 Warner Street, Fortitude Valley


Chef Ben Bertei, formerly of Spirit House fame, heads up the kitchen at LONgTIME together with Nathan Lastavec. Beneath the fairy lights, past the tuk-tuk, and enter the communal feel dining room where LONgTIME’s take on casual, street-inspired South-East Asian food comes to life.

Ben is joining forces with Jake and Simon for one night only, to serve up some Asian inspired flavour sensations.

610 Ann St, Fortitude Valley

Golden Pig

Owned by Katrina and Mark Ryan, the Golden Pig is situated in a converted industrial warehouse in Newstead. Established in 2012 as a cooking school, it has evolved over the years to also host weddings and private and corporate functions.

Katrina has had a star studded career, starting with Neil Perry at Bondi Beach’s Blue Water Grill where she met husband Mark, and later Rockpool, as Neil’s head chef, overseeing burgeoning apprentices like Kylie Kwong

In the ensuing years, Katrina had further success as owner and operates of two restaurants with Mark; The Pig and the Olive, personal chef to Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise and became an institution at the Spirit House Cooking School where she worked for 11 years. Katrina has also had her time in the spotlight, writing a weekly food column for the Noosa Journal, filming a series of cooking segments for the TV program “Escape with ET”, and as a regular guest on ABC local radio Coast F and ABC 612 in Brisbane.

Katrina is a co author of the Spirit House Hot Plate book and more recently has been a contributor to The Great Australian Cook Book and The Great Australian Baking Book. Drawing on her experience from learning to cook with Neil Perry at Rockpool and Spirit House, Katrina’s modern approach to Asian cuisine is finding many fans amongst Brisbane diners.