Cameron Matthews is the new Chef-in-Residence at what used to be Wasabi on Noosa. The Winston dining experience is a set menu, with in-season extras, freshest Sunshine Coast produce prepared with utmost attention to sight, taste and texture, perfectly matched by a small, hand-picked list of beverages from the best regions in the country.
Matthews says, “When you’ve worked in regional restaurants as long as I have, you realise what an amazing world there is beyond our urban area. It’s where all your food comes from, and I want to be connected to that, and the feeling of place that comes from your plate.”
During an eventful 11- year career with Spicers, Matthews’ first role from 2009 as head chef of The Long Apron Restaurant and Cooking School in Montville, on the Sunshine Coast, saw it become one of Queensland’s most awarded Two Hat restaurants, and inducted into the Queensland Hotels Association (QHA) Hall of Fame.
That same year, Matthews was awarded the Churchill Fellowship by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to pursue and develop his passion overseas. During his few months in Europe and North America, Matthews took residence at some the world’s leading restaurants committed to sustainability and environmental care and returned with new-found inspiration.
“What chef doesn’t want the opportunity to have their own restaurant and realise their own vision?” said Matthews. “Winston is a first step for me, allowing me to express my true self, all whilst located on the stunning Noosa River”.
Matthews has also appeared at the Noosa International Food and Wine Festival, as well as promoting The Sunshine Coast Real Food Festival. He is definitely not camera-shy, with appearances on the Seven Network’s Weekend Sunrise, The Great South East and Queensland Weekender, as well as Channel Nine’s Morning Show and Today Show, showcasing Sunshine Coast flavours and food experiences to a national audience.