Five minutes with OTTO Ristorante Head Chef, William Cowper
William Cowper is Head Chef at OTTO Ristorante Brisbane, sister restaurant to the iconic OTTO Sydney, which is set on the iconic Finger Wharf in Woolloomooloo.
Originally from Sydney, Will worked for a number of years at OTTO Sydney where he began to expand his role in the kitchen. In 2015, Will was asked to lead the kitchen team at OTTO Brisbane, and eagerly accepted the Head Chef position at Fink Group’s first interstate restaurant. Brimming with fresh, new ideas, Will made the move to Brisbane, and has been an integral part of opening the Brisbane venture.
In truly embracing the move to Queensland, Will has developed close relationships with local producers, working alongside them to ensure OTTO uses the best quality ingredients. Will is passionate about not only the food OTTO serves, but supporting farmers and growers in the wider Queensland region.
Q: How would you describe your style of cooking?
A: Simple, clean and fresh
Q What did you have for dinner last night?
A: Steak and caprese salad
Q Place you eat most often on days off?
A: Gauge, South Bank
Q Favourite ingredient to work with?
A: At the moment- Noosa Red Tomatoes
Q Last weekend on earth – what city are you eating in?
A: New York
Q If you weren’t cooking, what would you do for a living?
A: Professional Golfer
Q What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A: A fireman
Q Most embarrassing cooking moment?
A: About 10 years ago I was carrying a large stock pot full of boiling stock with a colleague dwn some stairs. And my hand slipped and spilt all over him. He was off work for two weeks. I still have nightmares to this day.
Q Person you would most like to cook for (alive or dead)?
A: Massimo Bottura
Q Citi customers can enjoy a free bottle of McWilliam’s wine when they dine at Otto Ristorante Brisbane – either McW 660 Reserve Tumbarumba Chardonnay or Mount Pleasant Philip Shiraz. What dish from your menu would you recommend to match with either of these wines?
A: With the Tumbarumba Chardonnay I’d recommend the Spaghettini with sea urchin roe and garlic bread crumbs. The Philip Shiraz would suit a Signature 300 Grainge tri tip with cauliflower, charred cos and black garlic.
About OTTO Ristorante Brisbane:
Located in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD, OTTO overlooks the Brisbane River to the Story Bridge. OTTO Brisbane shares the same values of sister restaurant, the iconic OTTO Sydney which boasts CBD waterside and city views. Both restaurants focus on serving great Australian ingredients in a contemporary Italian style, capturing occasion and place.
Citi customers can enjoy a free bottle of award-winning wine here by ordering a main course per person and paying with their Citi card.
Citi customers can enjoy a free bottle of award-winning wine here by ordering a minimum of one main course per person and paying with your Citi card. To book click here