We recently caught up with Executive Chef at Stokehouse Q, Richard Ousby, who kindly gave us an exclusive interview.
Brisbane’s famous Stokehouse Q has just announced a fantastic finale to their 2017 Wine Series – the Stokehouse Q and Tyson Stelzer Champagne Dinner. This event will be held on Thursday, 19 October 2017 featuring a four-course course culinary adventure, artfully curated by Executive Chef, Richard Ousby. Each course will be beautifully married with premium champagnes and hosted by the wine connoisseur himself, Tyson Stelzer. Book now.
Describe your style of cooking in a few words
Food that makes you smile!
What are your specialities as a chef?
How did you get interested in cooking?
My grandma and mother have always been fantastic home cooks – there has never been a time when I wasn’t interested in cooking!
What’s your favourite dish to cook at home?
When the tomatoes are good, crush some garlic over them with a generous amount of olive oil, and season with salt. It’s a salad perfect for a warm day – my wife and I made it for the first time on our honeymoon in Spain. We often have it with fish or chicken – super easy.
Do you have any predictions for new food trends?
We’re starting to see a variety of late-night eats popping up around Brisbane which is a good sign for us hospitality people, finishing work so late!
What is your food pet peeves?
Do you have any favourite cookware or cookbooks?
My favourite cookware is my Chasseur cast iron pot, and my favourite cookbook is Chez Panisse Vegetables by Alice Waters.
What’s your most memorable cooking experience?
We stayed in a small cottage in the south of Spain on our honeymoon in a tiny little village, where the water is fed by melting snowcaps from the mountain. We made a pork roast with pork from a local jamon producer – it was the best pork roast ever, with the crispiest crackling.
What’s been your proudest moment?
The birth of my son Tate – he’s just turned one!
Who or what inspires you?
My wife, Kristy!
Do you have any plans for the next 12 months?
I’m going to Japan for Christmas which will drive some inspiration for Stokehouse, no doubt! I also wouldn’t mind buying a new house!
About Stokehouse Q
Stokehouse Q embodies ‘relaxed elegance’, thanks to the up-market dining style that is complemented by youthful, attentive and knowledgeable service. The menu is inspired by flavours from the Mediterranean and greater Europe, cued by the freshest local produce, curated by some of Australia’s most talented young chefs. The experience is made complete by the restaurant itself, Brisbane’s most photogenic venue, and the unsurpassed river and city views.
Stokehouse Q is located at Sidon Street, South Bank, Queensland, 4101