Who Are We?
We are your premium quality fruit and vegetable specialists in Sydney
It all started back in 1990 when Gourmand Providore set out to provide customers a complete solution for all their fruit and vegetable needs. Today, we operate in a state-of-the-art warehouse at Sydney markets with cool storage facilities for ultimate freshness. Owner and Managing Director Abboud Jraij has injected a wealth of knowledge and experience into Gourmand Providore. In turn, we are now one of the market leaders in the Australian fruit and vegetable industry.
Our greatest goal is developing and maintaining close connections with clients – from the loading dock to the kitchen, we prioritise the community around us. We assure that even as the company continues to grow, we are dedicated to competitive pricing with absolutely no compromise on quality.
Our customer base, including government institutions, hospitals and aged-care, clubs and hotels have come to appreciate our high standard of customer service and the quality of our produce. All of our team are trained in food safety and handling and draw on their experiences in the industry to pick the best produce to suit your needs.
The GP Team
Whether you have a question about produce or menu planning, we are here to help. Give us a call for a chat or leave us a note and we’ll get back to you shortly.
About AbboudWith over 25 years’ experience trading fresh produce, Abboud ensures the business continues to be reputable and one of the most successful produce vendors at Sydney Markets. His extensive experience with fresh produce can be traced to his background as a qualified horticulturalist who specialised in plant protection for intensive cropping with internationally based Ciba Geigy Pty Ltd in the early 1980s. His fine-tuned expertise and years of dealing directly with growers led to the setup of a farm growing off-season produce in glasshouse systems. Abboud’s strong personal affiliation with growers and market vendors allowed him to create Gourmand Providore. Using these relationships, he receives first-hand information on the quality and availability of new and seasonal products to pass on to both his team and their customers.
About DeanDean is Gourmand Providore’s Quality Control and Product Development Ambassador. His background is in cooking, occupational health and safety, HACCP training and certification. Dean has a wealth of knowledge in kitchen management, staff training, and consolidated purchasing solutions gained from his 15 years’ experience as a chef in international hotels. This background means he understands the demands and pressures faced by chefs and kitchen managers, allowing him to interact well with customers, assisting them with menu development and practical culinary solutions.
About DaveBased at Gourmand Providore’s warehouse, Dave has an extensive background in logistics, freight and goods transport, as well as Food Preparation and Handling. He oversees the quality of delivered produce, accuracy of orders packed and assists in the timeliness of customer deliveries. Dave keeps our staff up-to-date with the latest advancements in the fresh produce sector with regular training and demonstrations. His clear, open communication and meticulous attention to detail ensures our customers receive the best available produce to suit their needs.
About JulioA nationally accredited Culinary Judge with over 30 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, Julio spent 13 years as an Executive Chef of multi-outlet hotels and restaurants. Over 3 years of lecturing at Le Cordon Bleu Sydney has given him a thirst for knowledge that drives him to search for new products and efficiencies without compromise on flavour, consistency and presentation. Julio’s specialties are Regular Market Updates, Product Innovation and one-on-one communication with clients, assisting them with menu planning, specialty functions or to just chew the fat and lead them in the right direction.
About PeterPeter has over two decades of experience and cookery know-how from having worked in kitchens both in Australia and overseas. Abroad, he had a year-long stint at The Royal Garden Hotel, a prestigious 5-star establishment in Kensington, as well as 6 months cooking in some of Europe’s most fanatical foodie cities. As a result, Peter has a unique appreciation and in-depth knowledge of fresh produce and understanding chefs' high daily demands and pressures in the kitchen. Recently, Peter has taken part in management roles with a large Australian Food Services company and now works with Gourmand Providore, ensuring customers’ expectations are met whilst integrating cost-effective solutions for their businesses.
About JohnJohn has over 30 years’ experience in the hotel, aged care, hospitality and manufacturing industries as an expert in food safety and quality. He has implemented more than 150 hospitality programs for organisations all around Australia, guiding them to achieve SQF and HACCP certification. He is also proficient in training large teams in all elements of food safety and quality procedures. John’s role at Gourmand Providore is to continue our high-standard food safety and management systems, ensuring our produce is of the highest quality, whilst meeting customer specifications.
About MikhailAfter ten years as an owner/operator of a wholesale fresh produce business, Mikhail now casts his experienced eyes over all our produce as it arrives at our warehouses. Once he is confident it is of optimal quality and freshness, he organises our packers and drivers for fast and efficient deliveries, all the while maintaining our stringent food safety practices.
About MichaelMichael oversees our state-of-the-art quality control systems to guarantee the consistent premium quality of all our prepared fruit and vegetables. With over 18 years experience, and unfaltering education in food safety, he is our hands-on systems expert for safe and efficient production and HACCP. He ensures all staff understand Gourmand Providore's food safety and quality standard and that they are trained to deliver on our promise.
About ArthurAwarded Apprentice of the Year for three years running, and nominated for the Oliver Shaul Scholarship, Arthur is a chef in demand across exclusive restaurants and five star hotels. His talent originally took him to London where he worked at the prestigious OXO Tower restaurant. Returning to Sydney he opened a small bistro in Surry Hills while teaching commercial cookery at Ryde TAFE. His far-reaching experience and endless curiosity ensures Gourmand Providore stays at the forefront in developing new products.
We have the highest possible standards in the world, backed by scientific expertise.
Gourmand Providore invests in the most advanced food safety systems in Australia to ensure the absolute safety of its produce. As an SQF Version 8 accredited facility and a NSW Food Authority Licensed premises for the production of ready-to-eat products, we have implemented and extended our requirements for ensuring all produce delivered by Gourmand Providore meets and exceeds
our legislative requirements. We can trace our produce from paddock to plate giving our customers absolute confidence.
Gourmand Providore prides itself on our range of specialty and hand-cut processed fruit and vegetables. Utilising the culinary experience of our staff, we successfully supply a consistent line of high quality processed items tailored to individual requirements. Through our strict quality control procedures and implementation of food safety practices, we help customers to save time, whilst maintaining the highest quality and standards for their kitchen.