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Kev Collins

Well known Restauranter and co-owner of Fish D'vine & The Rum Bar in Airlie Beach. When Kev's not working he's out fishing in the amazing food bowl of the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park or in his tinnie in the estuaries crabbing! His blog imparts wisdom, tales and info on all things fishing and food.

Unreal Estate with an unreal kitchen

One of the great advantages of offering off-site catering is that every now and then I get to cook in some amazing places, and nowhere more amazing than tonight’s “gig”. This Tuesday night (Tomorrow) a TV show called “Unreal estate” will feature a house I cook in a bit for special occasions, as I did for the show, and as I did tonight for some guests at “Mandalay House”. This is simply the best kitchen I have ever cooked in in a private house or superyacht. 2 ovens, separate steamer, 3 dishwashers, built in coffee machine as well as a wood fire pizza oven and BBQ on the balcony, the kitchen even has a walk in cold room and freezer, a butler’s pantry, a poolside bar, and spectacular formal as well as poolside dining areas. The kitchen has an enormous marble island bench that is a stunning and functional centrepiece, push button draws, induction and gas hobs and every bit of high end kitchen toys and cookware. I am going back Thursday to cook pizzas and next week to do a formal dinner in the wine cellar dining area. It is just an amazing house and one I feel quiet privileged to get to cook in. A great kitchen and great equipment help inspire great food. I will post some more shots later in the week but watch the TV show tomorrow night as I am sure it will do far more justice to the whole house than my “box brownie” photos.