Meet Our Team

Josh & Renee MacLucas

VIP Private Chef’s Director and Executive Chef is Josh MacLucas. Josh grew up in Port Stephens and after completing his apprenticeship, furthered his training working alongside some of the best local and award winning international chefs. As his love of food and flavours grew, Josh spent time immersing himself in different cultures, mastering techniques and recipes from around the world and exploring the best local producers. From humble beginnings as a sushi chef, Josh has over twenty five years experience with running successful commercial kitchens.

Josh and Renée, who spent years honing her cocktail craft across some of Sydney’s premier establishments, met in 2013. It was a courtship that blossomed over a love of food, culture and frequent dining out. Fast forward seven wonderful years and two babies later, dining out presented a raft of new challenges including one baby that cried Every. Single. Time a dinner plate was served! The inspiration for VIP Private Chef was born…

With a vision of providing sophisticated culinary experiences to clients across Sydney, the Central Coast, Hunter Valley, Newcastle and Blue Mountains regions, VIP Private Chef flourished – initially operating exclusively by referral and word of mouth. From serving executives and professional athletes to couples and families alike, Josh and Renée have grown VIP Private Chef into one of New South Wales most popular personal chef and catering services.

Renee and Josh the VIP Private Chef founders
Meet the team - Albert

Albert Barlow

The VIP Private Chef kitchen is completed by a very special couple. Albert Barlow has worked alongside Josh for over 15 years as his right hand man. Gaining his culinary expertise from some of Newcastle’s busiest establishments. Albert’s warm and friendly nature, combined with his skill and passion for flavours, make him the natural and only choice for our Head Chef. By day, Albert takes fine dining to a new level at a Corporate Retreat and by night he is a meticulous work horse, working seamlessly and interchangeably with Josh. Completely in sync, Albert and Josh are a force to be reckoned with in the kitchen.

Shannel Barlow

Adding creativity and pizzaz to our kitchen is Shannel Barlow, our amazing Pastry Chef. Shannel’s culinary pedigree is impeccable. Having first trained at Le Cordon Bleu, Shannel pursued her love of all things sweet and mastered her pastry skills under the watchful eye of Australia’s Dessert King, Adriano Zumbo. From individual desserts to birthday cakes, our guests rave about Shannel’s exquisite presentation, dynamic textures and delicious flavours. 

The VIP Hospitality Team

Hand picked and incredible, VIP Private Chef is backed up by a very special hospitality team of hostesses, wait staff, bartenders and mixologists. Friendly, attentive and sophisticated, our staff can deliver any style of service you desire. Our staff, led by Valentine are known for their bight smiles, a love of entertaining and fabulous wine knowledge. Our Team go above and beyond to deliver the VIP experience.