Aanuka’s Executive Chef – Tim McClay-Talivai

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How long have you been in the hospitality industry, and where did you start out?






Aanuka’s Executive Chef – Tim McClay-Talivai – started his culinary adventure 25 years ago in Taupo, New Zealand, working under the the guidance of “Hini Silimen”, then Executive Chef of the New Zealand culinary Olympic team. After being trained in the classic French style of cooking, he spent 10 years travelling the world, defining his cooking skills and visiting over 20 different countries. Working in varied destinations such as the Congo in Central Africa to the more classical Brussels, capital of the European union, cooking for everyone from Presidents to the locals of Tonge in the Far north of Scotland.
Tell our readers about the amazing menu you have at Aanuka Beach Resort.

With the New Summer menu, being launched on Tuesday 25th September, Tim has offered a lovely well balanced menu which has taken local ingredients and given them a twist, From a Prawn and Cured Salmon Salad to the king of steaks, a 400g rib eye on the bone. Tim has created a menu to ensure everyone will find that one dish (or several)  that will want you to dine with “Finz On The Beach” again & again
Aanuka caters for functions as well. What are the options that readers have when booking a function?

Aanuka is not only a beautiful resort to enjoy a holiday or romantic getaway, the resort has four potential Conference & Event venues to celebrate special occasions such as Weddings, Family Reunions & engagement parties, and more. We also cater for Large Retreats, Sporting Groups and all styles of conferencing.

A versatile team also allows the resort to offer a high standard of service and create an experience for our valued guests.

The resort has its own dedicated events team that can help you plan an event to remember, with a variety of catering options and the potential to create something different and exciting, the events team can be contacted via the resort, (02) 6652 7555.
What do you have in store for the restaurant over the next 6 months?

Over the next six months the resort will be welcoming over 50 weddings, along with many Conferences, Christmas Parties and Social Events. We are also preparing for our Christmas Day Lunch, a sell out event we hold each year. A delicious buffet of seafood & local seasonal produce is offered plus Santa Claus also makes his yearly visit. Bookings can be made with Nicole on (02) 6652 7555.

This story was published in issue 25 of the Coffs Coast Focus

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