About Ehren Ryan
Born in Sydney, Australia, the young chef was inspired by his high school teacher to pursue a culinary career. Accepted into The Hotel School, Ehren Ryan spent his college years gathering real world experience, working for popular Sydney restaurants while attending class once a week. Graduating with a degree in commercial cooking after four years, Ryan was hungry to build on his foundation. Traveling to Europe, Ryan began making a name for himself by working in upscale restaurants across the continent. In a recent interview, Ryan explained how valuable his time in Europe was, specifically crediting his experience with renowned restaurant, Sketch in London, established by master chef Pierre Gagnaire: “I was never exposed to that type of food before, the foie gras, the truffles…the rich food and plating.” The high-end work in Europe taught Ryan discipline, precision and the demanding responsibilities of running a restaurant. Familiar with the industry and confident in his abilities, Ryan set out to open his own restaurant with his wife and partner, Nadine. Originally planning on moving back to Australia, steep living costs and rent persuaded the couple to join Ryan’s parents in America. Starting the search in New York City, the pair ran into the same issues of high living costs and rent, leading them down to New Jersey. The couple chose Millburn, NJ because of the short distance to the Big Apple and the belief that there was an opening for Ryan’s food style. Ryan describes his style as, “Contemporary global,” further explaining, “It’s an eclectic mix. We take influences from all over the world.” He shares his global experiences with people through his food. As the chef described, he pulls inspirations from all corners of the globe as he has lived in India, The Philippines, Canada, Hong Kong, Austria, England and The United States of America. Made with fresh ingredients from a tight, local group of suppliers, this contemporary and international cuisine is generating a promising reputation for Common Lot.