Renowned chef Peter Kuruvita to open culinary hub on Sunshine Coast
Celebrity chef Peter Kuruvita has revealed ambitious plans for a culinary precinct on the Sunshine Coast featuring a cooking school, restaurant, cafe, pizzeria, cocktail bar and providore.
The distinct, multi-venue vision from the renowned TV chef is called ALBA by Kuruvita and will sit on a 500sq m space at Alba Close, Noosa Heads.
The new venture comes as Mr Kuruvita finished up eight-year tenure at Noosa Beach House.
"To be honest, I wasn't going to open another restaurant, I just wanted to open a cooking school," Mr Kuruvita says
"But I came across this opportunity and saw the property and thought 'why not do it all?'."
The name ALBA is derived from the fact the new hub will be built on the site of the original Noosa White sand quarry.
ALBA is the Latin word for ‘white‘ and Spanish 'sunrise' or 'dawn‘ which will fit with the light decor.
Mr Kuruvita promises to take customers on a distinctive and subtly spiced journey with new offerings and some of his firm favourites.
"There’s a great opportunity to keep the surrounding community happy with the cafe, take-away woodfired pizza and a boutique providore," he says
The cafe will deliver locally roasted First Batch Coffee, alongside breakfast classics.
But Mr Kuruvita’s signature dishes such as Sri Lankan string hoppers and his famous snapper curry will also make an appearance.
"We are surrounded by so much beauty and produce from the hinterland to the ocean, but of course it's going to have some of my signatures," he says.
"The pizzeria itself, we're going to offer all the residents in that area a QR code into their homes and they'll be able to order a pizza from their home.
"People can come in and have an amazing adventure and then leave with great memories."
Mr Kuruvita says the seating and layout is flexible.
"The restaurant area could be anything from a cosy 80 seater, but if we're really busy, we can open it up and fit 120 people," he says.
But it’s the cooking school that really excites Mr Kuruvita who has taught at schools across the world.
"I can’t wait to start on a cooking school and chef’s table program – we’ll even be able to hire the space out as a wired studio kitchen with camera solutions," he says.
"I'm going to teach everything from Sri Lankan curries to get my mates from Australia, some of the best chefs around, so we will have a curriculum going."
Mr Kuruvita hopes to open up before Christmas and is pushing for a December 1 launch date.