Sam Ward has been an exciting force within the Perth dining scene. As the head chef of El Publico from 2012-2015, he switched Perth onto regional Mexican cuisine, earning a number of accolades, including Gourmet Traveller’s Best New Talent in 2013. The time he spent in Mexico over the years, honing his knowledge and skills, led him to work with some of the greats including Diana Kennedy, Pilar Cabrera and Enrique Olvera. It has anchored his connection to Mexican food and drive to respectfully interpret the cuisine in an Australian context.
After leaving El Publico, Sam spent six months travelling through the Caribbean and Mexico to cook with the local people and learn more about their ingredients and techniques. Returning to Perth in 2016, Sam launched Más (www.masmp.co). Más is a series of pop ups that highlight and show off the depth and diversity of regional Mexican food, serving lesser known dishes and ingredients from the southern states of Mexico using age-old recipes and techniques passed down from his mentors and their families.