Friday, 3 August 2012
Chef Grant Calvert
One of the most exciting rising stars of the culinary scene in Queensland this year is 24 year old Grant Calvert. The young Executive Chef of McNevin’s Gunyah Restaurant in Warwick is fast making a name for himself for his delicious interpretation of contemporary Australian dishes and dedication to local Darling Downs produce.
Inspired to cook as a child by his adored Nan, Grant has always enjoyed cooking and baking for his family and friends at home and at school. Fate took one of those unexpected twists when Grant took on a fitter and turner apprenticeship, but he never lost his passion for food. It was after he qualified as a fitter that a chance opportunity came Grant’s way that would change his life forever.
The chance to apprentice under the celebrated Chef Beverly Ruskey at the Spring Creek Mountain Café and Resort opened the door for Grant to a world that he was meant to be part of. His passion grew into a love of the food arts and sciences. The development of essential techniques, and the design and creation of flavours and textures under the guidance of Beverly Ruskey has given Grant the experience to expand his knowledge well beyond his years.
His education continued when he finished his apprenticeship and became the Commis Chef at the luxury Spicers Peak Lodge on the beautiful scenic rim of South East Queensland. It was here that Grant honed his five star skills and after only six months was approached to to become Sous Chef at Rupert’s Restaurant in Warwick.
Good news travels fast in the food world and before his first year at Rupert’s was out, Grant was made an offer he couldn’t refuse by the McNevin’s Motel Group. They wanted him to come on board as the Executive Chef of the one hundred seat Gunyah Restaurant, with complete creative control of the menu.
Following the seasons and presenting the best produce the region has to offer, with delicious honest cooking has locals talking up the chance of Warwick getting its first “Chef’s Hat” restaurant. The reviews are very positive indeed and the popularity of the restaurant is at an all-time high. The Gunyah is fast becoming the most fashionable dining destination in the region due to the wonderful food, live music and excellent service.
“I’m really happy here at the Gunyah, and I’m very proud of my team” says a quietly spoken Grant as he preps for that night's service. “It’s an amazing feeling to see happy customers who love eating my food as much as I love cooking it.”
McNevin's Gunyah Restaurant.
Ph. 07-4661 5588