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From Maccas to Modern Art: Food So Good, It Belongs in a Gallery

For Josh Lopez, everything he cooks has a story. As the executive chef at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Josh’s dishes are a reflection of his surroundings and inspired by both the latest exhibitions and local produce.

Having done a stint in Gordan Ramsey’s London restaurant, Maze, and Noma in Copenhagen, which is currently ranked among the top five restaurants in the world, he said it’s the local produce of his adopted home, Brisbane that he wants to showcase.

“I knew when I came back to Australia I’d want to cook things that were very close to Brisbane or reflective of Australia, that are iconic or have a nostalgic connection,” he said. “The thing about us as a nation, is that we’re willing to give things a go. I think Australian’s are really open to new things and that means as a chef that you can be really creative.”

And those dishes include anything from using locally raised squab (young pigeon) to his much loved ‘plate of bait’, made up of over-looked foods like pippies, squid and sardines.

Though he was named Brisbane Times’ Good Food Guide’s Chef of the Year last year, Josh said cooking was a career he fell into by accident.

Having been born in El Savador, he credits his mother’s vibrant meals and her fresh, home-made salsas, avocado and an array of local produce as a reason he developed a love of good food. And it was his beginnings at McDonalds that taught him about the camaraderie of the kitchen.

“I believe that if you teach someone how to cook, it’s a skill for life. It can be really rewarding knowing how to eat well and nourish yourself,” he said. “Some of my best life experiences have been at the kitchen table or me cooking for people. It’s so rewarding when people really taste the love you’ve put into a dish – there are few feelings like that.”

Check out Josh’s devilishly indulgent suckling pig recipe here



Young Tourism Leaders QLD - Nikki Dudley


Kick starting her career in the tourism mecca of Airlie Beach in 2007, Nikki subsequently pursued a tourism career via the local economic development agency, followed by the state tourism board.

Nikki now boasts over ten years’ experience in the fields of tourism marketing, communications, digital publicity, project delivery and economic development.

She currently shares her time managing three businesses, including a boutique Public Relations & Copy Writing business specialising in the tourism and construction industries, Building & Interiors business and DIY home renovation blog - nooks & cranny.


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Penny Takenaga of Mornington Racing Club

Penny shares her love the Mornington Peninsula, and horses of course! She always dreamed of working in a horse-related area and now she loves working in hospitality and working with a variety of people. Penny tells us about the opportunities for people re-entering the workforce in tourism and hospitality and what it takes to succeed.


Michael Cole of Georgie Bass

Michael Cole shares his love of the Mornington Peninsula's local environment and produce and the lifestyle his job as a chef provides. Be inspired to find and live a life like Michael's, loving what you do and where you do it!


Bridget De Lange of Enchanted Adventure Garden

Bridget describes her role, her lifestyle and the benefits of working on the Mornington Peninsula in an industry she loves: Tourism & Hospitality. Find out what the industry has to offer you!

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Josh Tirant of Flinders Hotel

Josh Tirant is Head Chef at Flinders Hotel. In this video Josh shares his inspirations, motivations, and passion for being a chef as well as the lifestyle benefits of his profession.


Tracey Fleming of Blue Mini Cafe

Tracey speaks of starting out in hospitality at the very bottom and finding her way into business ownership and entrepreneurship. She is now her own boss and her own visionary, following and setting her dreams, every day!


Leith Gooding of Endota Spa, Red Hill

Leith tells us about her role as a business owner in tourism. She shares her vision for customer service and what it means to be a true tourism professional, ensuring that every customer is totally satisfied. She shares her tips for those seeking employment in tourism and hospitality; it's all about passion for what you do!


Jessica Marshall of Londonderry at Red Hill

Jessica shares how her education has shaped her career and has led her to a fulfilling role in food and beverage. She shares how her employer took a chance on her and gave her every opportunity to progress her career.