Celebrity chef Alistair McLeod is a presenter with Channel 7’s Queensland
Weekender and Network 10’s former Ready Steady Cook.
His experience in the kitchen is extensive; he’s worked at Michelin listed restaurants across the world, such as Roscoff in Belfast, United Kingdom and Da Giovanni in Torino, Italy.
His tenures in Brisbane have included roles as executive chef at the iconic Bretts Wharf as well as the much acclaimed Tank Restaurant and Bar.
More recently, he has launched Al’FreshCo — his own business that provides catering, markets and his own product line.
While the much loved chef was born in Belfast and classically trained in Europe, he has chosen Brisbane as his home.
Where do you live and why?
We live and base our business in the Samford Valley.
I love the space, the air, the sky, the darkness, the community, the lack of traffic lights and the separation from suburbia.
What do you love about your home?
Our living area is a vaulted space that seamlessly blurs the line between kitchen and lounge. We renovated the kitchen almost immediately after we moved in.
(Glass bricks anyone?)
We now have a beautiful, flowing workspace that extends to an area where six stools surround the bench and is a great place to eat, work and play games.
What would you change about your home?
We have a ride on mower, a push mower, a whipper snipper, a hedger and a weed dragon.
I love the garden, but I would change the rate at which the grass grows.
5. If money was no option, what would be your fantasy home and where?
One of my fantasy homes would have nothing more than a kitchenette.
There would be no need living in the San Remo overlooking Central Park.
Now to get a booking at Blanca.
My other fantasy home would be a modest property on that wonderful piece of the French Rivieria between Nice and Monte Carlo.
It would have a beautiful kitchen for me to prepare simple Provencale meals.
Now to get a booking at Le Louis XV.
Or what was the biggest lesson you learned?
We came in with grand ideas on how to make the house our home.
We had the renovations mapped out over a bottle of pinot within a month.
After the next bottle we decided to park all our aspirations for a year.
We now know where the sun comes up on every day of the year, which way the wind blows and which neighbours we can hear tending to her horses, you know who you are.