The kitchen in a restaurant, is usually something hidden from public eye. It’s a brave chef who opens her kitchen for all and sundry to observe the goings on. The rise of reality cooking shows has had an impact on the expectations of food consumers and it’s also had an impact on our collective fascination with food preparation, weird and wonderful ingredients and everyday people who have mastered the art of cooking.
The Kitchens at Robina will take Gold Coast foodies beyond the spectacle of food and on the ultimate culinary adventure. Bringing the back of house to the front of house, it’s promising an inhouse cooking school, 2 registered kitchens which food entrepreneurs can use, live demonstrations, meet the growers sessions and live music and film.
The Kitchens officially opens Thursday 3 November and the full lineup of food partners is testament to the curation process the initiative has undergone.
George Calombaris has already been announced as one of the first tenants, opening his popular souvlaki bar venture Jimmy Grants. It’s a major coup for the Gold Coast – his sixth store nationally – which will serve up classic Greek style street food.
Naked Treaties will dish up hand-crafted organic, raw, vegan, dairy-free desserts and cold-press juices and seafood lovers will rejoice at Fish Lab featuring a bounty of fresh, local seafood and international delicacies.
Modern Australian cuisine, vegan and gluten-friendly dishes, Italian gelato and desserts, coffee-inspired treats, Eshai Teahouse honouring ancient recipes and a brand new bakehouse venture are also in the mix.
Curator Daniel West said the opening of The Kitchens would stir up the Gold Coast’s culinary landscape.
“The Kitchens will unite our community through a shared love of food as we take consumers on a culinary journey of discovery,” Daniel said.
Spanning two floors and featuring industrial indoor and outdoor places, The Kitchens will fuse gourmet traditions and cutting-edge trends. Some 55 new retailers are on board.
Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co., Earth Markets, CocoWhip, Hero Sushi, Coming Home Co., The Poultry Pantry, Muso Ramen Noodle & Gyoza Bar, Barbosa Fine Food Delli and Pure Organic Meats are also on board.
There’s also an Asian supermarket, a full-service gym with 25-metre swimming pool and Icon The Cookery School as well.
From South American and Greek street food, to New York style bagels, Italian wood-fired pizzas, pastas, gelato and wines, traditional Asian dishes, Australian ales and local seafood, the finest flavours of the world will come together to create an unrivalled dining experience for every occasion.
The Kitchens will be open seven days a week until 10.00pm and opening weekend has some cracker options that satisfy not just your culinary appetite (we’re talking celebrity chefs and demonstrations all weekend) but your cultural one too.
Thursday 3 November
Performing between 8.00am and 7.00pm on opening day is New Orleans Jazz Band, Nii Anang and Sophia Koop on grand piano and Fox and Fiasco. Cheap Fakes will bring the house down from 7.30 – 8.30pm. Known for festival funk, there’s no question Cheap Fakes will bring appropriate party vibes for opening night.
Friday 4 November
More grand piano action from 11.00am – 6.00pm with Austen on at 6.00pm and Yoste on at 7.00pm.
Saturday 5 November
From 5.00pm – 8.00pm is The Acfields, Luate and Slip on Stereo.
Sunday 6 November
From 9.30am, Internationally acclaimed mural artist and author Kelsey Montague creates spectacular wall art for The Kitchens. Jackson James-Smith performs live at 4.00pm and Amy Shark at 5.00pm. And in partnership with Gold Coast Film Festival, a twilight outdoor screening of For Grace will take place at 7.00pm.
More at robinatowncentre.com.au/the-kitchens.