One of our lo­cal eater­ies gets an ex­cit­ing spe­cial guest

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For Qi’lin Chi­nese Restau­rant own­ers An­nette Che­ung, Stan­ley Poon and Daryll and Bar­bara Scott, it was a visit from culi­nary roy­alty.

For­mer Masterchef win­ner, writer and tele­vi­sion host Adam Liaw was look­ing for din­ner re­cently and chose the Toowoomba restau­rant as his eatery of choice.

He and Julia Busut­til Nish­mura (also an ac­com­plished chef and cook­book au­thor) were in town for the Car­ni­val of Flow­ers as pre­sen­ters at the Her­itage Bank Fes­ti­val of Food and Wine.

And, with of­fi­cial du­ties fin­ished for the night, they made a bee-line for the Hooper Cen­tre restau­rant to taste its de­li­cious fare.

It’s one thing to have the highly re­spected chef walk through your door, quite an­other to try to im­press some­one who has been cho­sen as UNICEF Aus­tralia’s Na­tional Am­bas­sador for Nu­tri­tion. But, the restau­rant own­ers had no rea­son for nerves. In an In­sta­gram post, Adam mused that “sub­ur­ban/coun­try Chi­nese restau­rants (are) a part of Aus­tralian his­tory and one I hope we never lose”, be­fore de­tail­ing his mouth-wa­ter­ing din­ner choice of le­mon chicken, crispy wal­nut beef, Coca Cola spare ribs and ‘A-grade’ fried ice cream for dessert.

He then paid the ul­ti­mate com­pli­ment: “Qi’lin in Toowoomba has won the award for Best Chi­nese Restau­rant in Queens­land for five years in a row and I can see why”.

High praise in­deed from the Des­ti­na­tion Flavour tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter and Ja­panese gov­ern­ment-ap­pointed Good­will Am­bas­sador of Ja­panese Cui­sine.

And while it’s al­ways nice to re­ceive a pos­i­tive re­view — it’s even nicer when the man post­ing that re­view has more than 300,000 so­cial me­dia fol­low­ers.If you’d like to ex­pe­ri­ence the “great food and great hos­pi­tal­ity” (as Adam puts it) of the Qi’lin Chi­nese Restau­rant, then call 4613 1233 or be sure to visit The Hooper Cen­tre at 29/187 Hume Street and dis­cover why the Qi’lin con­tin­ues to im­press vis­i­tors and lo­cals alike.

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