The Hatted Chef’s chef-prepared, heat-and-eat meals are now on sale at all White’s IGA stores.
The idea for the new venture had been brewing in the kitchens at The Dock Mooloolaba since very early in the year when Chris Sell joined as executive chef, but it took on new importance during the COVID-19 shutdown.
“When the restaurant was closed for dining-in because of COVID-19, we wanted to create options for our customers beyond just takeaway and also provide work for our staff,” Mr Sell says.
Mr Sell says while the team was working on the meals, they were talking about all the things they wanted The Hatted Chef to be. “We wanted to offer great food with the highest quality ingredients, sourced as locally as possible, but we also wanted to give back to the community beyond just creating jobs,
and supporting producers – and that’s when we decided to use the products to support homelessness in our local area,” Chris says
“That led us to the incredible work being done by Dr Nova Evans and nurse Sonia Goodwin at Sunny Street, which provides medical care and support for homeless people on the Sunshine Coast.”
Mr Sell says for every four packs sold, one meal or the equivalent value will be provided to Sunny Street.
Dr Evans says food is a really important part of Sunny Street’s outreach work. “Homeless people need a whole range of support, but they are also vulnerable so for us, food starts a conversation,” she says.
“With The Hatted Chef now providing food, it means we can do so much more.”
Mr Sell says the team is excited to see how The Hatted Chef will be received.