I was lucky enough to be a part of the opening of The Elysian Retreat on Long Island In The Whitsundays Queensland. I worked with the General Manager Charlton to set up the kitchen for guests on their 100% solar powered and rain water eco-friendly project; the first of it’s kind on The Great Barrier Reef, in Australia.
The retreat offers a relaxed atmosphere, spa therapy, yoga and healing. Perfect for those who want to switch off and enjoy some piece and quiet and with only a maximum of 20 guests that privately are helicoptered on this picturesque island it is definitely somewhere to escape.
While working on the menus with fellow chef Josh, Charlton showed me the mechanics of the sustainable operation from solar batteries to eco-friendly plumbing. It was truly a huge achievement to be solely dependant on weather.
The challenge was delivering daily changing menu on such a secluded island. We came up with dishes inspired by the the landscape and from the beautiful produce local suppliers had to offer with a touch of Native Australian flare.
It was an absolute pleasure to work on this project, for more details or how to book check out Elysian Retreat.
Whitsundays, QLD, 4802