One of the culinary stars of the Spicer’s Group, Cameron Matthews, has returned to the Sunshine Coast from executive chef life in the Hunter Valley to pursue a more individual expression of his art.

His new claim-to-fame is as Chef-in-Residence at Winston Restaurant which has replaced Alana Sapwell’s Esmay at the exWasabi space on the Noosa River. Wasabi may have closed, but in one of the few blessings of the pandemic, Danielle Gjestland’s same restaurant space and relationships with top local providers have been made available in a ‘Chef-in-Residence’ format and will continue to be featured, Winston-style.

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.”

The Winston dining experience is a set menu, with in-season extras, showcasing Matthew’s obsession with the best, 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.

“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”. Winston is the result of years of dreaming and planning, the culmination of decades of experience and the full expression of Matthews’ food philosophy. Winston may be many elements sizzling in harmony, but ultimately, it’s about an incredible dining experience that may never be repeated.

Matthews has appeared at major food festivals and events and on national media and helped achieve an incredible swathe of awards and accolades for restaurants from Victoria to Queensland. Winston officially opened on December 9, 2020.

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