New chef takes reins

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AS part of the over­all re­fur­bish­ment of the Fish D’vine, Hanzel Martinez has joined the team.

Orig­i­nally from Syd­ney, Hanzel trained and worked in restau­rants such as Fly­ing Fish with Peter Ku­ru­vita, Lon­grain with Martin Boetz and at Bayswa­ter Brasserie with Jarred Inger­sol.

A vast culi­nary knowl­edge was gained from th­ese chefs over the years, he then took a ven­ture to work at the Whit­sun­days on Hay­man Is­land for two years and Hamil­ton Is­land for six and a half years.

With a pas­sion for fu­sion cui­sine and a his­tor­i­cal love of all things Whit­sun­day and seafood, Mr Martinez is work­ing with the com­pany own­ers and drawing on their many in­dus­try con­tacts to get the best lo­cal prod­uct avail­able.

“I am de­lighted to join a com­pany which places so much em­pha­sis on lo­cally sourced seafood and fish va­ri­eties and be­ing able to deal di­rectly with the small scale pro­fes­sional fish­er­men and sup­pli­ers which have his­tor­i­cally sup­plied to the venue,” he said. “I know the own­ers place a great deal of faith in th­ese small sup­pli­ers and like to source small quan­ti­ties of a va­ri­ety of fish types.”

“They also place a great em­pha­sis on sus­tain­able fish­eries and fish­er­man who look af­ter their patch by just catch­ing to­day what will be con­sumed to­mor­row rather than the larger ‘fac­tory’ type op­er­a­tors who are tak­ing large vol­umes for freez­ing and bulk sup­ply.”

“I love not know­ing each day what will come in the door and be­ing able to work with such amaz­ing seafood pro­duce to pro­duce our daily spe­cials is just the most ex­cit­ing thing a chef can do.”

“Our fixed menu will be smaller than pre­vi­ously but the chance to work ev­ery day on match­ing seafood sup­plies to the ever chang­ing mod­ern food trends re­ally gives my kitchen team and I a chance to build on the great food rep­u­ta­tion the restau­rant al­ready has and make it even bet­ter.”

NEW EX­EC­U­TIVE CHEF: Hanzel Martinez.

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