Multi-cul­tural cui­sine for Clyde


A fine-dining chef who has worked in lux­ury lodges, as well as homes of the rich and fa­mous, is open­ing a restau­rant in Clyde.

Chilean Paulina Cor­valan, a New Zealand cit­i­zen who set­tled in Cromwell 12 years ago, is veer­ing away from fine-dining to open a re­laxed, ’’multi-cul­tural’’ restau­rant, be­side the Clyde Cinema.

‘‘The restau­rant is not go­ing to be fine dining. It is go­ing to be a re­laxed en­vi­ron­ment, with re­ally good, whole­some food. There will be food from ev­ery­where. I wanted to have not just one style of cui­sine. I wanted to cre­ate a shar­ing-style of dining where peo­ple can share plates of food from New Zealand, Europe, South Amer­ica, some Asian - it will be multi-cul­tural.

‘‘There will be smaller dishes, as well as larger plates, and I am go­ing to set up a big com­mu­nal ta­ble as well, where peo­ple can have a drink and sit down.’’

Cor­valan trained as a chef in Chile, then did an ap­pren­tice­ship at Saf­fron Restau­rant in Ar­row­town when she de­cided she wanted to live in New Zealand.

‘‘I con­sider my­self half Kiwi, half Chilean. I came here as a tourist. I trav­elled down from Auck­land and ar­rived in Queen­stown. It was so easy 12 years ago to get a work per­mit be­ing a chef...I never left. I learned a lot about food while trav­el­ling and a lot work­ing at Saf­fron.’’

For the past year she ran her own busi­ness, Sil­ver Fork Chef, work­ing as a pri­vate chef around Queen­stown and Wanaka. Prior to that she was a chef at the lux­ury lodge Minaret Sta­tion.

‘‘I was work­ing there and cook­ing for a small amount of peo­ple and I liked the idea of do­ing it in peo­ple’s houses. Peo­ple could have the whole fine-dining ex­pe­ri­ence in their home. I took ev­ery­thing - cutlery, glasses, some­one to serve. It was get­ting to the point I was get­ting more and more book­ings and that is why I thought I would like to have my own restau­rant. I was look­ing for some­where in the area and Clyde is such a cute lit­tle town and has a lot of peo­ple coming through.

‘‘I have a mil­lion things go­ing on, be­ing the only owner, but I am re­ally ex­cited. I just hope peo­ple like what I want to cre­ate.’’

The restau­rant, which of­fi­cially opens on Fri­day, will be open ini­tially for lunch and din­ner six days a week, and seven days over sum­mer. For more in­for­ma­tion visit its face­book page or call (03) 4493236. high qual­ity sound in front of a 10,000-strong crowd.

‘‘You’re go­ing to catch 50 acts through that pe­riod, on the best pro­duced stage in the coun­try,’’ he said.

One of the groups to per­form will be Wanaka’s elec­tronic band Arma del Amor, for whom it will be a third Rhythm and Alps. Arma del Amor’s vo­cal­ist Mar­tine Hard­ing said the band was work­ing on a new live show for the fes­ti­val.

‘‘We are re­ally stoked to be in the line-up with all other phe­nom­e­nal artists,’’ Hard­ing said.

Other artists an­nounced were Dub FX, Sachi, Pitch Black, The Up­beats, Trei, Cut Snake, Devil­skin, Ocean Al­ley and Baynk.

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