Chef brings the world to Warwick
HE'S worked in kitchens as far away as Moscow and London and closer to home in Melbourne, Sydney and the Gold Coast.
He's soaked up the cultures of European cooking and mastered the art of gourmet cuisine, and luckily for us, he's brought it all to the Rose City.
Russian-born Andrew Gladkikh is the head chef at Cafe Monte Cristo, which opened its doors yesterday.
"I promise to offer something special to the people of Warwick," Mr Gladkikh said.
"For people who live far away from the city, they don't get to experience some things, so I would like to improve this and bring it to them."
While he is a master in the kitchen any time of day, Mr Gladkikh's specialty is French and dinner cuisine.
Owner of Cafe Monte Cristo Harvey Gill, who has three other restaurants in Ballina, Byron Bay and Lismore, said he was excited to set up in Warwick.
He originally came to Warwick to look at another site towards the northern end of Palmerin St, but when this location came up for lease, he jumped at the opportunity.
"We were looking around the Tweed and Coffs area, but this was the best," Mr Gill said.
"It's an excellent location and people here are really nice."
The menu ranges from salads and burgers to pastas and steaks.
"We've spread the day menu out broadly to suit all tastes, but what we're really looking forward to doing is some exciting finer dining options with our dinner menu," Mr Gill said.
"I hope everyone enjoys the food and if not, make sure you let us know!"
The cafe uses Toby's Estate coffee for all the caffeine lovers out there, and are currently open for breakfast and lunch seven days, and soon to be dinner as well.
Mr Gill hired three staff members from the region and is open to applications.
He is looking for people with barista and chef experience and apprentice chefs are welcome.
Nash Chawla will manage Cafe Monte Cristo on a daily basis.