Top chef ready to work magic
BRISBANE chef David Pugh will be showing a little of the magic that has sent him to the top of his profession when he puts on a demonstration day in Bundaberg on Tuesday.
School students, apprentice chefs and restaurant owners and chefs will pack into the Echoes Restaurant on the Bundaberg TAFE campus for a series of demonstrations by the awarded chef.
Mr Pugh is the owner and head chef of one-hat eatery Restaurant Two, voted Brisbane's restaurant of the year of 2010.
He was also named Queensland Chef of the Year 2009/2010, and has been appointed Queensland's Ambassador Chef.
Mr Pugh has worked with some of the world's finest chefs, including a two-year stint at London's Connaught Hotel.
He said yesterday he prided himself on searching out the best available fresh produce to provide the inspiration for his menu at Restaurant Two.
“We use fresh produce to its fullest extent,” he said.
“It's what comes out of the area, and what comes out of the sea.”
Mr Pugh said the Bundaberg region's fresh produce was well-known by chefs around Australia.
“A lot of what locals are producing is taken for granted,” he said.
“For instance, 90% of Australia's sweet potatoes come from the Bundaberg area.”
He said he had built his restaurant's success on using as much Queensland produce as he could.
“Local produce is going to be fresher and cheaper,” he said.
Mr Pugh said the restaurant had strong ties to the Bundaberg area.
Earlier this year, two Bundaberg region students who won a cooking competition spent two days working under his guidance in the kitchen of his restaurant.
“Bundaberg has the best hospitality teachers in the state,” he said.
Mr Pugh said while his trip to the region on Tuesday was only for one day, it had taken some time to put together.
“For next year we have something on the radar that will involve more than just one day,” he said.