Luke Mangan To Bring Salt Grill To Hilton Surfers Paradise

Gold Coast's First Celebrity Chef!

This information originated in Australian English.

March 31, 2011

SURFERS PARADISE, Australia - Leading Australian restaurateur and chef, Luke Mangan, was today announced as the culinary visionary who will head up Hilton Surfers Paradise’s signature restaurant, Salt grill, when stage two of the $700 million hotel opens in August 2011.

With a number of award-winning restaurants already to his name, including glass brasserie at Hilton Sydney, The Palace in South Melbourne and Salt grill Singapore, Luke Mangan has decided to make his first venture into Queensland with Salt grill at Hilton Surfers Paradise.

Luke, who has written four best-selling cook books, an autobiography and has his own provisions range, will not only take the reins of the hotel’s restaurant, but will also be responsible for the entire food operation in the hotel. In an Australian first, guests will be able to experience his food in the restaurant, during conferences, meetings and events and when ordering room service.

Hilton Surfers Paradise General Manager David Kelly said Luke had identified the potential for Surfers Paradise and the Gold Coast as a venue for his latest venture.

“We are very privileged to be joined by such a renowned Australian chef as Luke Mangan, and it is a testament to the global Hilton brand that we will be welcoming him on board for our signature restaurant,” Mr Kelly said.

“Luke will bring a whole new level of dining to the Gold Coast as the first celebrity chef to establish a restaurant on the coast.

“Salt grill will also be great news for the local Gold Coast community who have been tremendous in their support of Hilton Surfers Paradise so far, and we look forward to giving them something back with this restaurant concept.

“Guests at Hilton Surfers Paradise, as well as local restaurant goers, can be assured of a fantastic dining experience at Salt grill, with Luke drawing on his extensive Australian and international experience as he launches his eighth restaurant venture.”

While Luke will be instrumental in the menus and philosophy behind Salt grill at Hilton Surfers Paradise, he will take on the role of restaurateur, assembling a skilled team of people to manage the day to day operations.

Onsite at stage one of Hilton Surfers Paradise today for the announcement, Luke said he was looking forward to working with Hilton once again to introduce a new restaurant concept to the Gold Coast’s dining scene.

“I’m very excited about my second venture with Hilton and look forward to creating an ambient and relaxed space, where people can experience the finest and freshest Australian produce, served simply so the ingredients speak for themselves,” he said.

“To be able to provide food services for the entire hotel including conferencing and room service - a first for Hilton in Australia - means everyone who visits Hilton Surfers Paradise will get to experience my food philosophy.”

To register your interest in a booking for Salt grill at Hilton Surfers Paradise, call 5680 8000 or email surfersparadise.reservations@hilton.com.

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