Top chef comes to Warwick, wants to cook for you
THERE'S a new chef in Warwick, and he's serving up a unique experience from inside your own home.
Specialising in fine dining, Italian and Mexican cuisine, Eric Parlato has 12 years experience of professional cooking under his belt and has made his way to Warwick from Caloundra.
"Since coming here I've been looking for work, but I'm offering my services in another way,” he said.
"I'll come to people's homes and happily cook up a three-course meal for $25 an hour.”
Tuesday night, Mr Parlato cooked up a Valentine's Day feast for Neskeen Escalante and Hollie Berghofer.
Nibbles were a home- made cheese dip with corn chips followed by a garlic prawns entree, a main of grilled salmon on potato champ and bok choy and then sticky date pudding for dessert.
"I don't need to be there long,” he said.
"I can do the shopping, the dishes, and then serve up a meal.
"For two people, it could take me three or so hours.”
Mr Escalante said the meal was well worth the money.
"He was very professional, polite and knowledgeable,” he said.
"The food was cooked well and the seafood entree and main meal were delicious.”
Besides the Warwick couple, Mr Parlato has fed international celebrities.
"When the Crusty Demons were in town, they came into a restaurant I was working at,” he said.
"I usually like to Gordon Ramsay it out the back, and just do my job cooking, but on that day I went out front, said hello and got their signatures.
"In Sydney, Wally Lewis and his son Lincoln came into the restaurant.”
Mr Parlato said he's able to cater for weddings and events, and had accumulated a number of awards in his time cooking.
"When I was working in Caloundra, I would cook for weddings, then go back to my normal job,” he said.
"When I was at Al Martino's, a restaurant in Sydney, we were awarded a small business award.
"Tides Waterfront was awarded the Good Food Guides Chef's Hat for the food I cooked when I was there.
"I've looked around here in Warwick, and I think some type of fine dining restaurant would do well.
Mr Parlato moved to Warwick to spend more time with his two young children and try his hand at cooking for a new town.
If you would like Mr Parlato to come and cook for you, give him a call on 0422289488.