Two years ago, chef Tory McPhail of New Orleans’s legendary Commander’s Palace proposed to his then girlfriend (now wife) Britt Nelson in Queensland. Recently, the two returned to the Australian state to eat, snorkel, skydive and cuddle koalas. Here, McPhail’s guide to Queensland:
WHERE TO EAT
The Long Apron, Montville
The Long Apron is located in the Spicers Clovelly Estate resort in the heart of the Sunshine Coast’s Hinterland. It’s a 20-seat restaurant putting out world-class dishes. The one that stood out the most to me was their preparation of kangaroo. Here, I had the tail, which is considered a delicacy. It was super tender with lots of great local flavors such as native berries, buffalo curd and roasted watermelon jus. The Aussie’s love cooking with edible branches and berries.
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The Beach Bar & Grill Mooloolaba Beach, Moolooaba
The chicken parmys here are so off the wall and wild, I have to share. This is not like an American version of chicken Parmesan, and yes, they call them parmys. Here, they top a massive piece of free-range breaded chicken breast with a choice of toppings. I got the Ranch, which is topped with smoky bacon, fresh avocado, mozzarella and ranch sauce. Greatest beach and bar food with a badass view of the ocean!