Back in the kitchen and Whit­sun­days

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL. -

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.

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