Megan Rhoades-Brown

Restaurateur – Hunter Valley

In 2009 Megan opened Muse restaurant with then husband Troy Rhoades-Brown, quickly establishing itself as an unquestionable fine dining powerhouse. Muse Kitchen opened in 2012 to provide a more relaxed and provincial style of dining while still providing the attention to detail and impeccable level of service Megan has become renowned for. Straight out of high school Megan began working for Hunter Valley legends Robert and Sally Molines at there eponymous restaurant Robert’s.

Megan fell in love with hospitality and fine dining. To say fine dining is an obsession for her is an understatement. After finishing her traineeship, she began operating Garth Ashford’s bustling Newcastle restaurant Lime.

Muse Kitchen became a stand-alone restaurant in 2018 and Megan’s success both past and present is due to her unwavering commitment to her staff and her guests. She believes in exceeding expectations from the moment you arrive.

Megan believes in investing in people. Her team at Muse Kitchen is filled with long term staff. She surrounds herself with staff that are as dedicated to the industry as she is. This is a testament to her love of the industry and her passion for customer experience. Megan’s energy, intuition and uncompromising belief in the virtues of fine dining has made her a woman of influence in the world of hospitality. She is the heart and soul of the Muse Kitchen experience and her passion is driven by her motto “Life’s too short to not do what you love”.


Richmond Rodrigues

Chef Patron – Hunter Valley

Richmond started his Culinary journey from a very young age, helping out this parents with the family catering business. It was here that Richmond realised he thrived under pressure and first saw how great food can bring people together.

Leaving India, Richmond sought out an apprenticeship in Australia. Finding a home with the Hilton hotels. From here the sky was the limit, and Richmond has travelled the world pursuing his passion. From India, Australia, Europe and the UK with the one constant running true – Food is life and life is family.

With a career spanning over 15 years, Richmond has worked in a vast variety of cuisines under high influential chefs and in Michelin star restaurants. In every kitchen his mentors have supported him to better himself and his skills and his inspiration for his food comes from his family, friends and places he has lived.

Richmond has found his home in the Hunter Valley as the current Chef Patron of Muse Kitchen. Working with local people, Fresh produce, amazing meals and bringing people together is what I strive for: it’s the goal, doing what you love and loving what you’re doing.