Good food, great time
KC’s continues to deliver for patrons on Airlie’s main st
ALAN Bryce is glad he never got around to travelling back down the east coast of Australia when he landed in Airlie Beach eight years ago.
After responding to an advertisement for a chef at the iconic KC’s Grill & Bar, Alan, who moved to Australia from Scotland in 2009, was employed for an initial three months and was then offered a sponsorship to stay – and he has remained with the restaurant ever since.
Alan, who began helping out in a kitchen when he was 16 and went on to train at a five-star hotel in Scotland, has been the restaurant’s head chef for the past four years.
He said he felt very satisfied when he knew his customers were pleased.
“Being a grill and bar, our biggest seller is reef and beef. We’ve also been doing lots of seafood and beef short ribs,” he said.
Alan said the restaurant had plenty of regular customers as well as a constant stream of tourists.
He said KC’s Grill & Bar was now one month into a new menu that had been updated to offer a more wintry selection of meals.
He said he’d been very grateful to the many locals who had continued to support the eatery since Cyclone Debbie hit.
KC’s owners Peter and Selena Chengody have run the restaurant for three years, although Peter said his parents originally bought the land in 1967 and built the steakhouse in 1973.
Mr Chengody said his parents moved to the area because of the lifestyle and the spectacular islands.
In 1981, Kevin Collins – a drummer in a band at Sydney’s Bourbon & Beefsteak – decided to leave the big city for brighter waters and set up KC’s as we know it.
Mr Chengody said while atmosphere and good live music were important, it was the hard work of the chef that mattered most.
“The food is the most important. If you don’t have good food, you don’t have a good restaurant,” he said.
HOSPITALITY: Head chef at KC’s Bar and Grill Alan Bryce with waitress Sharelle Schlatter.