Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

New Coro Masterchef; Mr Whippy Cooks Up a Storm as Big, Bad Brad and Patrons Lap It Up

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

New Coro Masterchef; Mr Whippy Cooks Up a Storm as Big, Bad Brad and Patrons Lap It Up

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JOEL

GOULD

joel.gould@qt.com.au

THE WOW factor.

That is what the food at the Coronation Hotel in West Ipswich now has thanks to the arrival of chef Leslie Whippy.

The QT knew something had changed at the hotel when we walked in one evening and saw an assembly line of men and women sat at the bar and tables, tucking in to a wide variety of well presented and hearty meals.

It was scene we hadn't viewed at the hotel in recent times.

Resident Coro' food critic Brad Robinson was waxing lyrical about the meals Mr Whippy was whipping up in the kitchen.

A harsh critic, we knew if big, bad Brad was happy, there must be a whiz in the kitchen.

Mr Whippy was the executive chef for the Lions at Richlands and has worked in leading restaurants around the world.

"I am here to give people a real experience so they can enjoy what I do," he said.

"With all the TV shows, people are talking about food and they think 'what is this guy doing in this pub that is different to make me want to come back?'

"This is a pub, so you have to provide a pub meal.

"But it has to be delivered with all your heart and love.

"I have to make sure that people go 'wow' when they see whatever is coming out on their plate."

The hot and spicy wings are a massive hit.

"It is a bit spicy so it makes you want to drink more," Mr Whippy grinned.

All the meals are large, well presented and tasty. The QT can testify to that after we tried the ribs and wings, served with American slaw, buttered corn and chips.

Old favourites like beer- battered flathead and chips, bangers and mash and steak sandwiches are on an extensive menu.

Mr Robinson had no doubt why Mr Whippy was wowing it.

"A... because it is really good food and B... because his prices are reasonable," he said.

"It is $18 for a pork steak and at other establishments, you pay up to $35. …

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