You've watched him judge many a culinary creation on television, and now it's South-East Queensland's turn to taste one of Australia's top chef's own kitchen wizardry. Yes, George Calombaris is setting up shop on the Gold Coast — and eyeing venues in Brisbane as well.
Anyone keen on a jaunt down the highway can satisfy their hunger pains at his first permanent Queensland venture, which is also his first outside of Victoria. The sixth store in his Jimmy Grants chain will set up shop in Robina Town Centre and serve up Greek-style dishes aplenty. Just thinking about the likes of prawn and honey filled souvas, roast beetroot salads, slow-roasted lamb shoulder and baklava ice cream sandwiches should be enough to get your mouth watering.
That's a pretty great way to mark three years since the first Jimmy Grants opened, though Queenslanders will have to wait until late October or early November to get their fill. And, it might not be the Calombaris' only Queensland eatery in the works. When the MasterChef judge was in town in July for Regional Flavours, The Courier-Mail noted that he was searching for restaurant sites in Brisbane. Fingers (or tastebuds) crossed.
Find Jimmy Grants at Robina Town Centre from late October or early November. Keep an eye on the Jimmy Grants website and Facebook page for more information.