In a reversal of the over-used adage Paddock to Plate – three extraordinary hatted chefs have followed their love of local produce and producers to become roaming flavour-creators and champions of hyper-local flavours.
Embers Wood Fire Dining is the brainchild of chefs Simon Furley, Kyle McNamara and Alex Hall. After working together at the multi-award winning Homage Restaurant, then launching and gaining critical acclaim at Paddock Restaurant at Beechmont Estate, they have literally jumped the fence into the paddocks and places of South East Queensland.
The concept of Embers is a Hatted chef trio with a love for local produce, creativity, masterclasses and chef collaborations, that can roam wherever they fancy. Like a Saturday monthly residency at Towri Sheep Cheese near Beaudesert, tasting nights at Veranda House Estate at Tamborine, private dinner parties and weddings, festival, and dining events all over South East Queensland.
They leave their mantelpiece of awards at their kitchen HQ in the Scenic Rim, and head to where the tastebuds call them, creating plated masterpieces cooked over fire.
In addition to offering a range of dining experience and menus able to be delivered anywhere, Embers will run masterclasses and tastings with growers, producers and guest chefs also involved, some of which include:
- Master Dry Aging and prime beef cookery over fire beers and steaks days
- Sip and bake pastry classes
- Charcuterie Masterclasses
- Fish Butchery Masterclass
- Fire & Pottery Masterclass
- Nose to Tail & Root to Shoot Masterclass
- Fermentation Masterclass
“We have spoken for a few years of working together, and with working intimately with local producers, but we didn’t want to go the traditional restaurant route, we wanted freedom from a set work week to try something different,” said Chef Simon Furley who is also famed as a Regional Food Ambassador the Eat Local Month.
“The culinary landscape across the world and here in Queensland has changed significantly, and we want to embrace it. We feel there’s a gap in the dining and flavour market for South East Queensland food lovers and we will bridge that gap with Mrs Frost’s Farm as our headquarters – a 25 minute drive from the Gold Coast and one hour from Brisbane, right on the edge of the glorious Scenic Rim, the region famed for incredible produce and innovative, generous farmers.”