Local tastemaker: Matt Golinski

Here Matt Golinski tells us about life on the Sunshine Coast as a happy local and successful chef.

Tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do.

My name is Matt Golinski and I’m a chef on the Sunshine Coast. I have a great love of the region and the amazing food it has to offer.

How long have you lived on the Sunshine Coast and what is it about the destination that you love the most?

I’ve lived on the Sunshine Coast for my whole life. Having travelled the world to work and explore, I always keep coming back here. The coast has a natural beauty – the National Parks, beaches, river systems and mountains provide something for everyone. It also has beautiful resorts, restaurants and shopping galore for anyone just wanting luxury and relaxation.

How does the Sunshine Coast inspire your work and creativity?

The Sunshine Coast is a foodie’s paradise, so as a chef I’m lucky to have direct access to such a huge array of fresh produce. It’s easy to make good food if the base products are of such high quality.

What is your favourite outdoor activity?

I’m a keen runner and the Sunshine Coast provides plenty of great tracks to run on. From the Glasshouse Mountains trails, to the Noosa National Park and the extensive Noosa Trail Network, running or walking on the Sunshine Coast gives you a great chance to explore a huge variety of landscapes and habitats.

Are there any new openings in the area that can’t be missed?

If food is your thing then Big Top Market Fresh, the new farmers market in Maroochydore, is a must see.

If you only had one day to show us the best of the Sunshine Coast, where would you take us?

It would be a busy day! The Blackall Range for a drive, Mapleton, Montville and Maleny, then down the range to Kenilworth, to Eumundi for the markets, then to Noosa for lunch, a drive down the coast to Peregian or Coolum for a swim, then on to Maroochydore or Mooloolaba for dinner and nightlife. One day’s not enough!

Have you got a favourite beach?

I have fond memories of every beach on the coast, but my favourite would have to be Tea Tree Bay, in the Noosa National Park.

How would you spend your perfect evening on the Sunshine Coast?

Dinner somewhere on Hastings St, Noosa, skipping dessert and heading to Massimo’s for an ice cream to eat as you walk along the boardwalk on main beach and take in the beautiful headlands, followed by a nightcap in one of the great bars.

Where is your favourite local’s hangout?

I love Gaston Restaurant and Bar in Noosa, it’s everything I want when I’m at the beach – friendly staff, great food, great wine list, value for money and a casual holiday atmosphere.

What’s your favourite time of year on the Sunshine Coast and why?

I love every season on the Sunshine Coast; Summer for going to the beach and eating lots of mangoes, Autumn for the beautiful clear days and golden light on the trees, Winter for getting cosy in front of the fireplace, and Spring when all of the flowers and produce bounces back to life.