Chefs say Surfers Paradise is a trending foodie hot spot

SURFERS Paradise is fast developing a reputation as South East Queensland’s foodie paradise according to a number of famous local chefs.

International executive chef Kathy Tindall from the Hilton’s Salt Grill, Michelin star chef Meyjitte Boughenout of the renowned Absynthe, Andrew Fraser from the Marriott’s chic Citrique, George Francisco of QT’s innovative marketplace Bazaar, and Seaduction Restaurant’s celebrated Executive Chef Steve Szabo are just some of the award-winning chefs creating culinary masterpieces for diners in the precinct.

Seaduction Restaurant Executive Chef Steve Szabo believes Surfers Paradise is the ideal location for fine dining, saying the precinct’s reputation will only grow stronger.


“Surfers Paradise is all about great experiences,” Chef Szabo said. “It’s an exciting, ever-evolving location, and that is reflected in the high-standard of restaurants that choose to locate here.

“We have a really high quality clientele here in Surfers and they want the best of the best. When I see the calibre of dining options here in Surfers Paradise, I know that is what we are delivering – the very best of the best.”

Salt Grill Executive Chef Kathy Tindall agreed.

“There are so many interesting things happening in the Surfers Paradise food scene,” Chef Tindall said.

“From the very high-end fine dining to the fabulous little hole-in-the-wall places popping up; everyone is committed to quality, no matter what they offer. It really is a foodie’s paradise.”

Stretching three kilometres, the Surfers Paradise dining precinct offers patrons everything from upmarket five-star restaurants, to affordable family-friendly eateries and specialty hole-in-the-wall eateries and bars.

Surfers Paradise Alliance CEO Mike Winlaw said Surfers Paradise is home to more than 200 restaurants, cafés and bars.

“With such a wide variety of restaurants and cafés available, there really is something to suit everyone. We also have some new and very exciting restaurants set to open in 2015, so things will only get better.”

Surfers Paradise Councillor Lex Bell said the hospitality industry in Surfers Paradise is a huge economic drawcard for the city.

“The beauty of the businesses in Surfers Paradise is how they work together to draw visitors in and give them a unique experience that only Surfers Paradise can offer,” Mr Bell said.

“Having such a huge variety of dining options means we, as a precinct, are catering to the entire market. It benefits the entire business community of Surfers Paradise – and of course, it is fantastic for our beloved locals too.”