Good food, great time

KC’s con­tin­ues to de­liver for pa­trons on Air­lie’s main st

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL -

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.

PHOTO: PETER CARRUTHERS

HOS­PI­TAL­ITY: Head chef at KC’s Bar and Grill Alan Bryce with wait­ress Sharelle Sch­lat­ter.

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