Adelaide eating institution Bistro Dom has scored a coup in landing nationally recognised and acclaimed chef, Luke Southwood as their new Head Chef.
Earning his credentials and love for cooking at some of the leading restaurants in Barcelona in the 1980s, before going on to lead some of the best restaurants in the state, Mr Southwood officially steps into the role this week.
“I’ve always had an affinity with Bistro Dom. This building and this venue have a really special vibe which I admit I was drawn to,” the Papua New Guinea born chef said.
“I wasn’t planning on taking a step like this – I have two-year-old twins – but opportunities like this don’t come around often and when they do, you have to grab hold, otherwise they pass you by.
“When Duncan [Welgemoed] left Bistro Dom in 2014, I was approached about the top job. I wasn’t in a position then to take the position up and I had always been disappointed that I missed out on being a part of the restaurant.
“When this job came up with Marcus (Carter, owner of Bistro Dom), I felt a real push. It was like fate was staring me in the face – and I’m so thrilled to be given a second chance.
“I know there are big shoes to fill in this kitchen but I’m not going to try to copy them but rather do what I do best and take Bistro Dom to another level through the quality of food on the plate.”
Southwood has helmed some very impressive kitchens in his time, including d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant, Pheasant Farm Restaurant, The Flying Fish Café, Regattas Bistro, Dish Restaurant and Raw Bar, The Sanctuary and the White House.
In 2013 he was a contestant on MasterChef the Professionals, placing 8th in the popular cooking show.
“I am very excited by healthy, fresh food and that will be a focus of the restaurant going forward. It will be Spanish influenced, modern Australian, which will utilise local ingredients.
“Our food will be for enjoying, loving and sharing. We’ll be about simplicity and elegance that will blow your mind. There’s a lot of love that goes into food and I can’t wait to plate it up for Bistro Dom.
“I think Adelaide is ready for something new, and that’s what we are going to give them.”
Southwood and Bistro Dom will be revealing their new menu by the end of this week. Ready your stretch pants.