Eye of The Tiger...

That was the theme song in my head when I emailed our Chefs their Valentines Day Challenge.  I sent all BOH (Back of House) a group email with a request to each submit a dish that was unique to Elaia Cafe, that would reflect their creativity, personality and ooze 'romance' and 'sexiness'.  

Well their submissions blew me away!  Their sexy and romantic catch words and phrases would have made Google Ads blush, so we decided not to include them.  But feel free to use your own imagination....

Our Chef's dishes not only represented their personality their fun factor and creativity but also showed their true commitment to Elaia, our dining culture and our guests.   

Allow me to introduce you to our Elaia Kitchen Team.   Combined (including Perry) they all have close to 30 years experience working with us so that's a lot of Elaia living and loving.  

Sarah Bennett has been with us for over 6 years.  Sarah completed her Apprenticeship with us and has been qualified for two years and is now a force to be reckoned with.  Her assigned dishes were the Oysters and Atlantic Salmon.

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Sarah says: "Lets get your night started with some feisty fresh Oysters with Avocado, Tomato and Lime Salsa.."    I'd go a glass of the Sparkling Jansz Rose with this one!

Sarah's good for the heart and soul Walnut Crusted Atlantic Salmon on honey glazed asparagus with a side of rocket, pine nuts and tomato.    Guests loved it today when we featured on our Specials Board.

Our team sampled this dish with the Goaty Hill Riesling .... 

Our team sampled this dish with the Goaty Hill Riesling .... 

Say Hello to Veronica "Ronnie" Creeley.    Ronnie has been with us for over 5 years and is most likely to be the first BOH you will see in the kitchen as you walk into Elaia.     Her assigned dish is the pizza..... 

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Cajun chicken pizza topped with a cheeky mango and avocado salsa. Perfect for two!   The only cheekiness I can see is your cheeky smile Ronnie. 

 

Meet Jonno Burridge.  Jonno joined us close to 2 years ago and didn't his eyes light up when he was assigned the Steak dish!  He loves getting his teeth stuck into it... literally!

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Jonnos dish is your choice of beef... Scotch Fillet or Porterhouse or T-Bone Steak with a potato, beetroot and asparagus salad topped with scallops in a horseradish creme...

The Ringbolt Cab Sav is a beautiful wine to wash down this Steak dish...

The Ringbolt Cab Sav is a beautiful wine to wash down this Steak dish...

Our team had a lot of fun tasting and testing.   None of the pics have been edited or filtered, we just wanted you to see us as we are.   Now for some behind the scenes fun!

Tasting Sarah's Atlantic Salmon dish.   By the look of Perrys and Jonnos faces, their pretty impressed.  And Sarah looks pretty happy with herself also. 

Tasting Sarah's Atlantic Salmon dish.   By the look of Perrys and Jonnos faces, their pretty impressed.  And Sarah looks pretty happy with herself also. 

This takes 'A Chef's Table' onto another level....  full house in dining room means they pull out the tucker box.  I did offer to set with a tablecloth and candles... 

This takes 'A Chef's Table' onto another level....  full house in dining room means they pull out the tucker box.  I did offer to set with a tablecloth and candles... 

PHOTO BOMB!

PHOTO BOMB!

Can I have some cutlery please???!!!

Can I have some cutlery please???!!!

Can't Ronnie be left in peace?

Can't Ronnie be left in peace?

There are no words"....   Lucy after sampling the Walnut crusted Atlantic Salmon....

There are no words"....   Lucy after sampling the Walnut crusted Atlantic Salmon....

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