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.
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