Inspired by Lennox Hastie’s time in the foothills of the Basque country, Gildas is a homage to the original pintxo created in San Sebastian of three simple ingredients; a guindilla pepper, an olive, and an anchovy – a creation which coincided with the screening of the eponymous film starring the stunning Rita Hayworth, Gilda, at the San Sebastian Film Festival in 1946.
Lennox Hastie is fascinated by fire. He spent his early career working at Michelin Star restaurants in the UK, France and Spain. Whilst he honed his skills in these kitchens, he began to lose sight of what he loved most about cooking, the ingredients.
After seeking out Etxebarri, a small asador with a strong tradition of wood-fired grilling, Lennox worked with Victor Arguinzoniz, pushing the limits of what could be cooked over a wood fire. He was exposed to a form of cooking that was so completely different, beautifully complex, yet simple, one that highlighted ingredients in their most natural state. It was a turning point. What began as one year at Asador Etxebarri soon grew into five.
Returning to Australia in 2011, Lennox was ready for his next challenge and joined forces with Fink. He opened Firedoor in 2015 and in 2022, he opened Gildas.