New Air­lie restau­rant has flavour and flair

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY BUSINESS -

EX­EC­U­TIVE chef Reece Schroder has a lot on his plate, bal­anc­ing father­hood and his award-win­ning cooking, but he’s determined to have Fu­sion Air­lie Beach pave the way of culi­nary pro­gres­sion in the Whit­sun­days.

Open­ing ear­lier this year, Fu­sion Air­lie Beach spe­cialises in gourmet del­i­ca­cies par­tic­u­larly tapas, plat­ters, fine cof­fee, desserts and is topped off with an ex­ten­sive bev­er­age se­lec­tion at their suave bar.

Their motto is “eat, drink, party, sleep” and they are lo­cated in the midst of Air­lie Beach Main Street where they also of­fer ac­com­mo­da­tion to rest the well-fed and sated.

Af­ter only five weeks in Fu­sion’s kitchen, Mr Schroder is con­fi­dent their part­ner­ship will only lead to great things.

“I have ex­tra­or­di­nary plans for this restau­rant such as mak­ing it part of the Restau­rant Chef Hat Awards. We’re only in be­gin­ning stages but the qual­ity of food is al­ready there,” he said.

Orig­i­nally from Ade­laide where food and wine has a cul­ture of its own, the 26-year-old says he likes “food that is cre­ated not plated.”

“They [Fu­sion] en­com­pass ev­ery­thing I love about be­ing a chef. They al­low me to be cre­ative with qual­ity re­sources and re­gional fresh pro­duce,” he said.

“I en­joy con­cepts that are for­eign to me and I’m sur­rounded by inspiring staff that push those bound­aries and ex­pand my hori­zons – the menu is ever-chang­ing to suit trends and sea­sons.”

Last year Mr Schroder was one of four fi­nal­ists in the Aus­tralian Rare Medium Chef of the Year com­pe­ti­tion and with Fu­sion’s sup­port he doesn’t plan on com­ing fourth this year.

“Cooking is an ex­pe­ri­ence and there is so much sat­is­fac­tion in pro­duc­ing an ex­cel­lent dish that is ex­pe­ri­enced by all from cre­at­ing it to eat­ing it – I’m glad to be work­ing for a restau­rant that shares my dreams,” Mr Schroder said.

For reser­va­tions at Fu­sion Air­lie Beach phone 4946 5005.

ON POINT: Fu­sion Air­lie Beach staff Paige Gra­ham-Evans, Grant Eaton, Nestor Galapia, Ja­son Lyne, Claire Uretin, Reece Schroder and Con­nor Daly.

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