Back in the kitchen and Whitsundays
HAVING recently returned to the Whitsundays to be closer to friends and family, for local chef Ivan Oehlert the region is his family’s true home.
“My mum and pop are longtime residents of the Whitsundays, so obviously the family and the roots are here,” he said.
A qualified chef and joint owner of The Blaze Cafe, Mr Oehlert said it was his family who first got him interested in cooking as well.
“My parents always owned restaurants, so I’ve sort of been dragged into it,” he laughed.
“I gave (cheffing) away for many years but the passion was always there, I always come back to it.
“I just like creating something.”
What do you do to chill out?
Play with the kids, ride motorbikes, play with remote control stuff and read cooking books.
Where’s the best place to eat in the Whitsundays?
The Blaze Cafe.
Last movie you saw at the cinemas?
The Avengers with my kid for some family time.
What do you do for work?
Owner and head chef of The Blaze Cafe.
Any last words?
Apparently you’ve got to lift with your knees, but I find it a lot easier to lift with your hands.