ANDREW BUCHANAN 
Joint Partner of The Urbane Group with Alejandro Cancino

2014 Gourmet Traveller Maître d' of the Year Winner

Born and raised in Brisbane, Andrew Buchanan deferred his economics degree to concentrate on hospitality, spending 18 years working in nightclubs, casinos, leading boutique hotels and several fine dining establishments.

The industry always gives me a buzz, whether it is from experiencing premium service, tasting a top wine, or enjoying the flavours on a plate. But the best buzz is when a customer expresses thanks for a fantastic experience in my restaurant.

There is no room for complacency in hospitality.  Trends are always changing, places are always opening, and venues are always trying to out perform each other by their points of difference. The challenge is to remain ahead of the industry.

Each day I open the doors and get ready for what the world will throw at me today. You never know what challenges await!