Josh’s passion for working with local and fresh seafood is just one of the reasons he is perfect for the Rickys kitchen team. His focus on modern Australian cuisine has been honed throughout his career.
Josh began his training in Melbourne, and went on to work at Mecca (one hat), Grossi Florentino (two hats), and Interlude (two hats), and also worked at the Maribyrnong Boathouse in Melbourne as sous and head chef.
In his time off Josh enjoys swimming along the Noosa River with his beautiful wife Danielle and daughter Harper.
Originally from France, David brings a wealth of impressive experience to Rickys having worked in senior positions at Michelin star restaurants, including The Square and The Ledbury in London.
Since moving to Australia almost ten years ago, David has held enviable positions including General Manager of Becasse Group, manager of Masterchef Dining & Bar pop up restaurant, and more recently at Coogee Pavilion, part of the Merivale Group.
He is also a highly qualified and award-winning sommelier with a focus on creating wine lists that will surprise and delight diners.
When not working, David is training for the next Ironman or triathlon event. He also loves relaxing in Noosa with his wife Renee, daughter Olivia and their dog Sunny.
Rickys is excited to have James Rothwell as its restaurant manager after his return to the Sunshine Coast in 2015. James spent three years in Brisbane as restaurant manager for Two Hatted Stokehouse Q. His career has also included managing The Wine Bar & Il Secondo in Maroochydore, as well as managing several restaurants, cafes, pubs and working at Hyatt Regency Coolum.
It is this extensive experience that has given James his passion for creating an experience for diners. He believes restaurants need to be something memorable for all guests, which makes him the perfect leader for the Rickys team.
In his time off, James is making the most of being back on the Sunshine Coast spending time with his family and kicking back at the beach with his two dogs.
Shaun is passionate about introducing diners to experiences outside their comfort zones, from a glass of wine or cocktail to a creative new dish.
Joining the Rickys team in July 2015, Shaun is our bar manager and Sommelier. Having worked as a chef in Wollongong, Sydney and Spain the past 14 years, he was tempted out of the kitchen and into the bar.
Starting out on the floor as a waiter, Shaun dedicated himself to completing his WSET level 3 advanced wine and spirits and ‘court of master sommeliers’ beginners and certified courses.
His love for all things tasty is obvious to all who chat with him at the Rickys bar, but when he’s not working you’ll find him relaxing at the beach with his wife.
Donna is Rickys Events Coordinator, and for the past six years has been ensuring every wedding and celebration we host is special and exactly as planned. With experience managing events throughout her career, Donna has more than 30 years in the hospitality industry to her name. She was General Manager at Bathers Pavillion in Sydney, as well as General Manager at Stokehouse Melbourne.
She also owned a Sydney catering business, as well as a restaurant in Sunshine Beach, before joining the Rickys team – and we love having her here.
When she is not busy creating amazing events, she spends time with her lovely husband and new puppy Archie!
Corporate Events and Administration Coordinator at Rickys and Wood Fire Grill, Renee Jouy is passionate about creating unforgettable experiences for diners. It is her genuine interest in customer service that makes us lucky to have her on our team.
Renee started her career at the Mariott Hotel in Brisbane in the busy world of functions. She then travelled to London for a hospitality scholarship at the Great Eastern Hotel. From there this industry has taken Renee to Sydney, where she worked with the Becasse Group and at the Park Hyatt. Having settled in Noosa with her family, we are excited to have Renee as part of the Rickys team.
When not working, you will catch Renee spending time with her family, and hanging out at the Noosa River feeding the ducks with her daughter. And like every Noosa local she loves sitting back and enjoying a coffee by the beach.