A 'MasterChef' Guide To Queensland's Tastiest Spots To Eat
Beautiful one day and delicious the next, there's a lot to get excited about the food scene in Queensland right now.
In celebration of Queensland Week, we decided to ask two 'MasterChef' contestants to give us the lowdown on the most delicious cafés, restaurants and markets from their hometowns.
Kitchen queens Nicole Scott and Christina Laker both hail from Brisbane and were proud as pineapple punch to show off the state known for seafood, sandy beaches and serenity to the rest of the 'MasterChef' contestants.
"It was amazing when we both heard that we were going to our home state, we were so excited, we couldn't wait to show people what Queensland is all about," Christina told 10 daily over the phone.
Queensland is known for being home to some of the country's best produce -- with an abundance of pineapples, mango, ginger and macadamia nuts, plus fresh seafood aplenty.
"The tropical climate makes the produce really beautiful, it's the perfect growing weather for fruits and vegetables," said Christina.
"And the Moreton Bay bugs!" added Nicole. "You'll see in a lot of restaurants up the coast, Sails in Noosa or Fish House in Burleigh Heads, they treat seafood with the respect it needs and it's simple but it just lets that Queensland produce shine."
Nicole told 10 daily that, in the past 10 years, the food scene in Brisbane has "just exploded".
"There are so many little boutique bars and microbreweries and there's fine dining, I think it's almost on par with Sydney or Melbourne," she proudly said.
Here's Christina and Nicole's handy guide to the best eats in Queensland.
Bistro C, Noosa.
"Bistro C is beautiful -- it's kind of casual but fine dining at the same time. They use beautiful, fresh local produce, the menu is always changing and it's right on the beach," said Christina.
Spirit House, Yandina, Sunshine Coast.
"I absolutely love South East Asian food, I've been to Thailand and am really inspired by the food and that's what they serve at Spirit House," said Christina. "A lot of the [Thai] produce is quite similar because of the tropical climate in Queensland."
Rick Shores, Burleigh Heads.
"Rick Shores is just up the road from me, my family go there every Sunday either to Rick Shores or to sit on the beach and have a cheese platter," said Christina. "It's got beautiful seafood and you're overlooking the ocean, I'm a bit of an ocean girl," she laughed.
Eumundi Markets, Sunshine Coast
"The Eumundi markets are more of a chilled out vibe, I love that you can get spray-free produce, which is pretty much organic but at a cheaper price," said Christina. "All the food markets there are delicious, I'm always happy to get something casual like falafel in one hand and a good coffee in the other."
"Montrachet is French cuisine and uses a lot of local Queensland produce, it's my favourite fine dining spot in Queensland," said Nicole.
Sum Yung Guys, Sunshine Beach, Noosa.
"I love Matt Sinclair's restaurant, Sum Yung Guys," said Nicole of the former 'MasterChef' contestant's tasty new digs. "A friend of mine lives nearby so we go there quite often and it's just the most amazing food -- the best curries!"
Milton Markets, Brisbane.
"I live in Milton and we have these local markets every Sunday, you can get organic meat and vegetables that we usually take back to the house and make a big meal," said Nicole.
Queensland Week kicks off on 'MasterChef' this Sunday, June 2.