Kingscliff-taught chef Leonard Walker is the new head chef at the Casuarina Sandbar and Grill.
Kingscliff-taught chef Leonard Walker is the new head chef at the Casuarina Sandbar and Grill. Supplied

Local returns to chef's delight

HOME-grown chef Leonard Walker has returned to the Tweed Coast to take up a head-chef role.

Mr Walker, who learnt how to cook at Kingscliff TAFE, has been appointed the top job at Casuarina Sandbar and Grill.

“It’s a bit different from what I’m used to but its good,” Mr Walker said.

“It’s really laid back and it’s a nice environment.

“Everyone is really relaxed.”

Mr Walker, who will turn 23 next week, started his chef studies at Kingscliff TAFE when he was 16 and worked on the Sunshine Coast and in Western Australia after graduating.

He was head chef at the Black Swan Winery and Restaurant in Western Australia for the past year.

Mr Walker grew up on the Gold Coast and returned to the area to be closer to his family.

He will be changing the menu in the next few weeks to incorporate more local seafood and produce.

“I’m looking forward to taking the menu at the Sandbar and Grill to new strengths,” Mr Walker said.

“The culture at Casuarina Beach is sophisticated yet laidback, and that’s how I want the menu to be portrayed. Guests can enjoy a steak sandwich and a beer or a fine-dining meal matched with an award-winning wine.”

Mr Walker will also be introducing an exciting new corporate and wedding menu to the restaurant.

“The world-class environment at Casuarina is second to none. The facilities provide the ultimate backdrop for conferences, weddings and special events and I’m excited about implementing new dining options for our clients,” he said.

“When you have some of the regions best produce on your doorstep, the options are endless.”

After just six weeks Mr Walker said he is already getting to know some of the regulars.

“That’s what is really nice about a place like this.”

The Sandbar and Grill is located in the Domain Casua-rina Beach Resort.

The restaurant specialises in contemporary Australian cuisine and showcases a menu of fresh seafood from the region, as well as an innovative char grill featuring the best prime cuts and produce from the Tweed Shire.



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