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AT­TEN­DEES are get­ting ex­cited for to­day’s Mayor’s Com­mu­nity Christ­mas Lun­cheon, but no one more so than the spe­cial guest.

Celebrity chef Matt Golin­ski en­joys vis­it­ing the South Bur­nett and get­ting to know the farms and the food in the re­gion.

“I get to know what’s there and then I can build a pic­ture in my my mind of what makes that area tick,” Mr Golin­ski said.

“Which as a chef is just the most beau­ti­ful and won­der­ful thing.”

The chef has a strong af­fil­i­a­tion with the South Bur­nett and reg­u­larly pur­chases in­gre­di­ents from our re­gion for his Sun­shine Coast-based res­tau­rant.

“This time of year those peaches you have out there in Kumbia are just beau­ti­ful,” he said.

“I got the very first three cases from out there when they first started the sea­son a month or so ago and they were just mag­i­cal.”

“Then about a week later I heard the news about the storms that went through and I thought that was just aw­ful.”

Mr Golin­ski said he was ex­cited to visit Kin­garoy and be in­volved in the Mayor’s Com­mu­nity Christ­mas Lun­cheon.

“I have been out here many times, I love com­ing out this way,” he said.

“I am not do­ing any food, I’m just com­ing out to have a chat and be a guest which should be very nice.”

En­try to the event costs $25 per per­son and all pro­ceeds from will be do­nated to South Bur­nett fam­i­lies in need dur­ing the Christ­mas pe­riod.

“I like say­ing yes to th­ese things be­cause I un­der­stand what it feels like to be the re­cip­i­ent of other peo­ple’s care and love and that’s a re­ally pow­er­ful thing,” Mr Golin­ski said.

The head chef said one of the most en­joy­able parts of the visit would be the drive to Kin­garoy from his Sun­shine Coast base.

“You guys are get­ting a lit­tle bit of this rain so

hope­fully it’ll all start to spring to life,” he said.

Mr Golin­ski said while he was not go­ing to be do­ing any cook­ing dur­ing this visit, he was al­ready

I un­der­stand what it feels like to be the re­cip­i­ent of other peo­ple’s care and love and that’s a re­ally pow­er­ful thing. — Matt Golin­ski

plan­ning what dish he would make for next time.

“You guys have plenty of great in­gre­di­ents out there other than peanuts,” he said.

“Maybe I would do a peach, pork and peanut dish.”

The Mayor’s Com­mu­nity Christ­mas Lun­cheon is on to­day from noon at the Kin­garoy Town Hall.

Tick­ets will be avail­able at the door, or you can book by call­ing the coun­cil on 4189 9100.

MAYOR’S LUNCH: Well known chef, Matt Golin­ski is the spe­cial guest at the 2018 Mayor’s Com­mu­nity Christ­mas Lun­cheon. PHOTO: JOHN MCCUTCHEON

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