Head Chef Damien Reading joined the Peppers Blue on Blue Resort kitchen team with over 20 years’ experience in the food industry, serving as the Resort’s Sous Chef for several years until stepping into the role of Head Chef in June 2017.
Damien formed his love of the culinary life from his parents, who were involved in catering for weddings and functions. Damien began his career in Bundaberg as a kitchen apprentice. Once qualified, he went on to attain various kitchen roles in local Bundaberg establishments and gradually expanding his range and repertoire. During his time in Bundaberg, he was Food & Beverage Manager at the well-known 250-seat Grunskie’s seafood restaurant, and also succeeded as Head Chef at both The Spinnaker, a modern Australian bar and grill, and Numero Uno, an Italian Restaurant.
Damien is especially passionate about working with seafood and local North Queensland produce to create menus that showcase the best the state has to offer. He also enjoys fusion cuisine and creating modern dishes that surprise and delight diners with flavoursome combinations. He’s proud of the Boardwalk Restaurant & Bar team, who he says has gone from strength to strength in recent years in consistently producing outstanding quality cuisine.