New Airlie restaurant has flavour and flair
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.