Zachary Christensen is the new chef at the Boonah Golf Club’s Bunkers Bistro & Bar.
The Rosevale local has brought his love and knowledge of Scenic Rim produce to the menu, which offers guests the chance to feast on all the region offers.
Zachary, 23, completed his apprenticeship under Spicers Hidden Vale Head Chef Ash Martin, who is now a Scenic Rim Regional Food Ambassador and recently featured on MasterChef.
During his apprenticeship Zachary learned some of his best chef skills from Ash and attributes his strong local knowledge of Scenic Rim produce to the Spicers kitchen.
“Coming from mum and dad’s farm, I was the local kid and Ash was the one with the experience so we worked really well together – I knew things like where to get your local freshwater crayfish – Rob Hutchings is a family friend,” he said.
“Mum and dad were dairy farmers – now they’re beef farmers – so using local produce is what I always believed in and that’s Ash’s philosophy too.”
Since Zachary took the helm at Boonah Golf Club’s Bunkers Bar & Bistro, he has brought that same local knowledge to the table, launching a new winter menu which clearly calls out ingredients sourced from the Scenic Rim.
“We live in an area where every farm grows something unique and we’re geographically so central to everything,” he said.
“We’ve got things like the Summer Land Camels feta which I love using, and then you’ve got people like (vegetable farmer) Rob Hinrichsen from Kalfresh, he’s a family friend, Ants Fruit & Veg with their little baby beets , they’re family friends, and the list goes on.
“And sourcing local food is so easy – for example if I need local olives it’s just one email to Rathlogan Olives and their response is ‘yep, we’ll get it there’, there’s no hesitation.”