Meyjitte Boughenout

He’s the Head Chef at one of the Gold Coast’s most impressive restaurants and with a few Michelin Stars under his belt to boot.

We sat down for a chat with Meyjitte Boughenout about Songbirds stunning new menu and putting Mt Tamborine on the culinary map.

How long have you been a Gold Coast local?
Since 2005.

What do you love most about living here?
The balance between the beaches and the Hinterland, everything is easy and close, and of course, the weather.

Tell us about Songbirds’ new menu?
A redesign of classic dishes in a modern way.  We offer degustation and a la carte Thursday to Sunday.

From where do you get the inspiration to create new dishes?
It happens all the time, produce, new products, season changes, weather changes, inspiration comes from various things all day every day.

Do you have a favourite on the new menu?
No, they are all good! It’s a joy to cook every single one of them.

What do you love most about your work?
The challenge of the location, the buzz of a full restaurant, the ambience and people being able to share memories around food and wine.

Why should we visit Songbirds in your opinion?
I think it’s a hospitality icon, the location is very beautiful, and the food experience is unique to the Gold Coast.

What do you have planned for 2020?
Putting Mt Tamborine on the culinary map.

Tell us your favourites on Coast…
Restaurant for dinner: I am a regular at Roy’s by Gemelli and Due Amici Italian, both in Sorrento.
How does your weekend usually look: My weekends look like the inside of the Songbirds kitchen, but my days off I tend to do a lot of reading and researching to keep on top of the culinary game, usually with a bottle of wine.


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