Chef’s sum­mer salad sur­prise

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Food - DENISE SCAHILL

DOME Rot­tnest head chef Ni­cholaus Mailen­zun has put to­gether his first sum­mer menu for the Rot­tnest Is­land café.

Mailen­zun de­scribed the new menu as “fresh” with lots of sal­ads.

“I re­ally like the sal­ads, es­pe­cially the beef salad that brings to­gether staples from all over the world,” he said.

“But the salmon nicoise is my favourite.

“It has a nice bal­ance bring­ing clas­sic French to Aus­tralia.”

Mailen­zun is in­spired by the nat­u­ral ingredients found on Rot­tnest.

“I do a lot of bush­walk­ing, where I make a dish with all the nat­u­ral ingredients from the Is­land,” he said.

“There’s plenty of seafood like cray­fish, tay­lor, sea snails and there’s rosemary ev­ery­where on the is­land.”

The Rot­tnest lo­cal and self­trained chef has been on the is­land for three years and started as a kitchen hand at Dome be­fore tak­ing over as head chef in April last year.

He was in­spired by the dis­ci­pline of the pre­vi­ous head chef.

“He took me un­der his wing be­cause he knew I was in­ter­ested in learn­ing to cook… he taught me ev­ery­thing I know,” Mailen­zun said.

“His dis­ci­pline and work ethic was sec­ond to none.

“Dur­ing my first sum­mer (as a chef), I was amazed at how phys­i­cally de­mand­ing the job was.”

Mailen­zun got to brush shoul­ders with his idol, French chef Do­minique Crenn, late last year when she vis­ited the Is­land and Dome.

“It’s the first time I’ve been star-struck,” he said.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d462756

Dome head chef Ni­cholaus Mailen­zun with his favourite salmon nicoise salad dish.

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