From the farm to the plate

TIM Whitehorn is dedicated to his craft. The Airlie Beach Hotel executive chef is so passionate about his local dishes that he follows them all the way from the farm to the plate.

Mr Whitehorn recently took a trip on a fishing boat with some licensed fisherman where he helped catch the fish for the week for the Airlie Beach Hotel localvore menu. He is also a regular visitor to local farms where he sources meat, herbs and vegetables all which make up part of the localvore menu.

“We have been going out to some of the farms since last year and we get some great local produce all of which ends up on the localvore menu,” Mr Whitehorn said.

“I did my first fishing trip with some local fisherman about a week ago and caught about 38 crabs.”

Mr Whitehorn hopes to expand the localvore trips in the coming year where customers can take a bus trip to some local farms, pick some produce, and go back to the hotel where the chefs will cook it for them.

“We are doing the first one at the end of April but hopefully if we can fill up the bus and it gets popular we can do it every Saturday night,” he said.

He is also hoping to expand the menu in the coming months.

“Once the season at Bowen kicks in again we will be using as much local produce as we can across all three restaurants,” he said.


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