The Team


Donovan Cooke  |  CHEF PATRON

Donovan’s career spans three decades across three continents. Starting in Europe, he worked his way through the Savoy Hotel, Waterside Inn in Bray, Harvey’s in London and La Cote St Jacques in Burgundy. In 1997 he shifted his focus to Melbourne where he co- opened the highly influential restaurant Est Est Est, followed by Luxe (awarded 3 hats in its first year) and Ondine (Best New Restaurant, The Age Good Food Guide).

In 2003, Donovan was presented with the reigns of the Derby Restaurant and Bar at The Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club. He served as Chef de Cuisine for the next 6 and a half years where the spoils of Hong Kong came with the finest ingredients from all corners of the world.

Finally, Donovan's passion and entrepreneurship has brought him back to Melbourne to create Ryne. Along with the restaurant, he is continuously moving forward developing and innovating.



Ivy YAP |  Pastry CHEF

Ivy discovered her passion for pastry making 4 years ago, and with Donovan Cooke as her mentor, she is destined for greatness in the world of pastry. Her most important rule in pastry making is precision, so you can always expect her dishes to be perfect! Her innovation is greatly valued in the Ryne kitchen as she is constantly creating new dessert recipes for our guests to indulge in!