Friend & Burrell is a business forged on friendship, a shared love of fine food, and a healthy respect for Mother Nature, for farmers and producers, as well as chefs and cooks.
The partnership is a leading, and in some instances exclusive, procurer and supplier of the highest quality, carefully graded, seasonal fresh truffles from Australia, Spain, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy and France. It is the exclusive supplier in Australia of Giaveri caviar; of Iranian Zar Taj saffron; Trikalinos bottarga; of Starling Farm’s A grade Kampot pepper; as well as other specialty ingredients valued by discerning kitchens in Australia and overseas. Friend & Burrell, among the first to connect Australian eaters with the world’s best ham, Joselito jamón ibérico, remains a valued Joselito supplier.
Friend & Burrell also engages in important sustainability initiatives in food and drink service. It collaborates with Solidteknics to bring their pioneering, environmentally sound and healthy Australian cookware to commercial kitchens. It also works with Nordaq Fresh, providers of the highest quality water purification and filtration system, enabling eateries and bars to process local tap water, avoiding the use, transport and waste, of plastic and glass bottles.
Simon Friend and Bryan Burrell’s recipe rests on a foundation worthy of any enduring friendship: shared values, complementary qualities, loyalty and trust. These characteristics, combined with appetites for the highest quality ingredients, curiosity and humour, inspire many kitchens. Friendly in name and character for over two decades, Simon and Bryan met during their former lives in tennis. Both hail from Victoria, and have long enjoyed Melbourne’s eclectic dining scene. Bryan’s business expertise, with Simon’s sociable nature and background in high-end seafood exports, make for a solid business partnership. It all began when Simon was approached by a producer to introduce beautiful PNG vanilla beans to the Australian market. Having provided the vanilla to Melbourne chefs, and gaining their confidence, the rest is history – identify the ingredients respected by chefs and cooks, then source the very best.
Many eateries – hatted fine diners, bistros, wine bars, cafes, caterers and keen home cooks – rely on the consistency and quality of Friend & Burrell ingredients: Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner Shannon Bennett’s Vue de Monde group; Neil Perry’s Rockpool group; Movida; the Grossi family; George Calombaris; and many more.
Simon and Bryan, and their team, pour their hearts and attention, with a sprinkle of humour, into the business, excited by beautiful ingredients, aiming to improve service and maintain the highest quality products. Simon sets a benchmark in going out of his way for chefs, wanting to help people at fine dining venues and rustic eateries alike, prioritising personal customer service with high quality ingredients. Apart from being available to advise about an ingredient or order, Bryan is a restless researcher, regularly travelling abroad to experience and assess ingredients.
They are always on the look-out for further gourmet products of interest to chefs and cooks.