We are delighted with our new head chef!
Mathew Law joined Secrets Team in June last year and now has stepped up as Head Chef. He has brought not only a new set of skills to the kitchen but also has a very calm approach which has given a new energy to the kitchen team.
A little about Mat…. Secrets on the Lake Head Chef
Originally from a town just outside Bath in England, Mat traveled extensively in Australia years ago and fell in love with the country and culture. His dream of emigrating eventuated in early 2009 and he first moved to the Gold Coast, and then Stanthorpe before finally settling on the Sunshine Coast. He married his wife Athena in Maleny in 2011 and they now live in Kiels Mountain with their son Noah. He is a passionate Liverpool supporter and also a keen golfer (when he has a day off!)
Mat’s cooking career began at a popular golf club in Wiltshire, catering for weddings and high end corporate events and private dinners. After 4 years he took a sous chef role at a country ‘gastro pub’ where he scored his first head chef gig by default – when the original head chef walked out suddenly! Thrown in at the deep end he quickly learned skills he has since become renowned for – especially his commitment, determination, resourcefulness and organisation. One of his absolute career highlights was being part of the opening team for Jamie’s Italian in Bath, where the 16 hour days were a small price to pay for working alongside Jamie Oliver and especially Jamie’s mentor Gennaro Contaldo.
Mat has enjoyed his time at some excellent Sunshine Coast restaurants such as Pitchfork at Peregian, and was the dessert and pastry chef at the acclaimed Lindoni’s in Noosa. Another career highlight was creating the dessert course for the Italian Dinner at the 2012 Noosa International Food & Wine Festival, where he worked alongside Alessandro Pavoni, Giovanni Pilu and Tony Percuoco. It was a great honour to serve dessert to special guest Adriano Zumbo.
Mat’s upcoming menus for Secrets On The Lake will draw on both classic and rustic European influences (he has an absolute passion for all things Italian) combined with the unique Aussie approach to beautiful fresh produce. For Mat, food is about life and love, and it is also about heritage, history and harmony.
Mat’s ethos is to serve meals at Secrets On The Lake that have been created with the same care and attention as meals you would make for your loved ones.