New chef, new menu, new flavours

New chef Anthony Vine, with the help of Carley Lindemeier and the rest of the kitchen staff, plans to breathe new life into the surf club restaurant

New chef Anthony Vine, with the help of Carley Lindemeier and the rest of the kitchen staff, plans to breathe new life into the surf club restaurant

by Barb Rees

Fresh from a position in Ayers Rock, Anthony Vine brings a new vibrancy to the surf club kitchen.

Anthony worked for 10 years at the Outback Pioneer Hotel in the Ayers Rock Resort. Wanting a sea change, he applied for the position of Chef at the Surf Club. Two weeks ago he arrived in town and started working the very next day!

“I wanted something completely different.” explains Anthony “I have gone from being surrounded by red dirt to this …. You can’t get much different than that!”

It is a huge change for Anthony in more ways than one, “At the resort, I had a general idea of numbers and could plan accordingly. Here you have no idea how many are going to walk through the door! That will be something to get used to.

“It was great to arrive here just before Easter and get thrown in at the deep end. It gave me a good feel for the place,” adds Anthony.

Will there be any changes happening? “I plan to make some changes to the menu eventually. I would love to use local fresh seafood and maybe introduce some indigenous flavours into the mix.

“I have talked to customers about what they would like and what they expect when they walk in the club, I will take that on board as well.”

The best part of living in Rainbow Beach so far? “I walk 20 minutes down the beach to work every day! The best commute in the world!”

Get yourselves into the Surfie soon and try the new menu, it may just be the “seafood” change we have all been waiting for.