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Andrew Mirosch

Andrew Mirosch has been a chef for more than 30 years years. In 1988, he set up the iconic Two Small Rooms in Brisbane (with Michael Conrad, who now owns restaurant Two) which won numerous American Express Awards and was inducted into the American Express Hall of Fame. He then repeated this success with his restaurant About Face, also twice winning Gourmet Travellers Award for Best Restaurant in Queensland. In 1995, he gave up his chefs whites for a fishing rod, to follow his dream of becoming a professional fisherman. The kitchen lured him back however and after owning a successful seafood restaurant on Stradbroke Island, moved back to the mainland and is now executive chef at the award winning Lurleen’s restaurant at Sirromet winery.

Andrew is a fierce supporter of Queensland producers and travels to shows and festival such as the Brisbane Ekka, the Brisbane Good Food and Wine Show and Hervey Bay Seafood Festival to perform cooking demonstrations and promote locally grown and caught produce.

Question time

What is your best fishing spot? ”The group” the set of rocks just back of the beach off point lookout , great spot for Spanish maceral , tuna, marlin and produces some stonker sweetlip, jew and snapper as well on the bottom .

Your favourite 4WD track? Ngalia Rocks at Fraser island can be extremely challenging to cross at times, but too me Fraser Islands 4WD tracks are second to none for a coastal experience

Best camping spot? Main beach Stradbroke island especially in winter when its deserted or Moreton Island on the ocean beach anytime.

If you had to be stuck on an island with one of the other Creek to Coast presenters, who would it be and why? Scott Hillier. He is a funny bugger and we would laugh a lot. Other than that we would spend all day chasing fish and all night having a few coldies and a punt (we would need mobile phone coverage).

If you could go anywhere, where would it be and why? I would love to do the top end with roger Vickery and his mates in 4wd , I would be in safe hands if something went wrong that’s for sure

What is your hidden talent? I sing pretty loudly in the boat but apparently I am not that good and the words are always wrong.

Best eating fish? My own line caught Spanish Mackerel for sure, closely followed by Black King, Sweet Lip, Snapper, Pearl Perch, Mahi Mahi, Jewfish, Maori Cod, Whiting (especially diver whiting), Flathead, Trevally, Wahoo, Tuna and more! As you can see I eat almost every fish and love them all. The secret is good handling and loads of ice to chill them quickly.

Best catching fish? Surprisingly long-tail Tuna. I think pound for pound they would pull most other fish backwards in a contest.

Item you always have with you for camping/driving/fishing? For fishing, BCF long nose pliers the ones that also open the eyes of hooks for ganging. For camping, my ARB pull out awning to provide shade for the beach or bush, Can’t do without it. Driving, my ARB full length aluminium roof rack doubles my carrying capacity when I am going 4WDing.

Who is your celebrity doppelganger? George Clooney, after I lost the dreads some older female customers at Sirromet said I looked a lot like a young George Clooney so I have stuck with that although I can see a bit of Brad Pitt in me as well.

What food do you despise the most? Lamb brains eating them is just wrong!

Favourite recipe/food? Really boring for a chef; I love a traditional roast pork with loads of crackle, crispy baked potatoes and all the trimmings, preferably cooked by my mother or anyone else, just not me.

What is one thing in the world you can’t live without? My children and my Toyota twin turbo diesel Land Cruiser.

What is the most unusual bait you’ve used to catch a fish? I have caught Tuna using alfoil wrapped around a bare hook. I have also caught Snapper using small fish that were regurgitated from their stomachs that were half digested.

What is your best party trick? I can insert the handles of two teaspoons into my nostrils (all the way in) and play the spoons very badly.

On a day off where would we most likely find you? Fishing off Straddy or Moreton chasing pelagics in summer or reef fish in winter.

What are you most afraid of? My boat sinking off short especially at night and having to swim. I know exactly what’s down there just waiting for me.

Your best relaxing spot? The love shack, my house at Point Lookout. Nothing better than sitting on the deck under the mango tree doing nothing much.

Tell us about someone memorable you’ve met along your Creek to Coast journey? I think everyone I have met and worked with are memorable. The majority are real characters who want to share their knowledge and love of the bush, the beach, exploring, 4WDing, and the great state we are so lucky to live in.

Your life quote or motto (who said it) Enjoy today. You don’t know when it will end, you might be dead tomorrow. ~Me

What is your best fishing spot? ”The group” the set of rocks just back of the beach off point lookout , great spot for Spanish maceral , tuna, marlin and produces some stonker sweetlip, jew and snapper as well on the bottom .

Your favourite 4WD track? Ngalia Rocks at Fraser island can be extremely challenging to cross at times, but too me Fraser Islands 4WD tracks are second to none for a coastal experience

Best camping spot? Main beach Stradbroke island especially in winter when its deserted or Moreton Island on the ocean beach anytime.

If you had to be stuck on an island with one of the other Creek to Coast presenters, who would it be and why? Scott Hillier. He is a funny bugger and we would laugh a lot. Other than that we would spend all day chasing fish and all night having a few coldies and a punt (we would need mobile phone coverage).

If you could go anywhere, where would it be and why? I would love to do the top end with roger Vickery and his mates in 4wd , I would be in safe hands if something went wrong that’s for sure

What is your hidden talent? I sing pretty loudly in the boat but apparently I am not that good and the words are always wrong.

Best eating fish? My own line caught Spanish Mackerel for sure, closely followed by Black King, Sweet Lip, Snapper, Pearl Perch, Mahi Mahi, Jewfish, Maori Cod, Whiting (especially diver whiting), Flathead, Trevally, Wahoo, Tuna and more! As you can see I eat almost every fish and love them all. The secret is good handling and loads of ice to chill them quickly.

Best catching fish? Surprisingly long-tail Tuna. I think pound for pound they would pull most other fish backwards in a contest.

Item you always have with you for camping/driving/fishing? For fishing, BCF long nose pliers the ones that also open the eyes of hooks for ganging. For camping, my ARB pull out awning to provide shade for the beach or bush, Can’t do without it. Driving, my ARB full length aluminium roof rack doubles my carrying capacity when I am going 4WDing.

Who is your celebrity doppelganger? George Clooney, after I lost the dreads some older female customers at Sirromet said I looked a lot like a young George Clooney so I have stuck with that although I can see a bit of Brad Pitt in me as well.

What food do you despise the most? Lamb brains eating them is just wrong!

Favourite recipe/food? Really boring for a chef; I love a traditional roast pork with loads of crackle, crispy baked potatoes and all the trimmings, preferably cooked by my mother or anyone else, just not me.

What is one thing in the world you can’t live without? My children and my Toyota twin turbo diesel Land Cruiser.

What is the most unusual bait you’ve used to catch a fish? I have caught Tuna using alfoil wrapped around a bare hook. I have also caught Snapper using small fish that were regurgitated from their stomachs that were half digested.

What is your best party trick? I can insert the handles of two teaspoons into my nostrils (all the way in) and play the spoons very badly.

On a day off where would we most likely find you? Fishing off Straddy or Moreton chasing pelagics in summer or reef fish in winter.

What are you most afraid of? My boat sinking off short especially at night and having to swim. I know exactly what’s down there just waiting for me.

Your best relaxing spot? The love shack, my house at Point Lookout. Nothing better than sitting on the deck under the mango tree doing nothing much.

Tell us about someone memorable you’ve met along your Creek to Coast journey? I think everyone I have met and worked with are memorable. The majority are real characters who want to share their knowledge and love of the bush, the beach, exploring, 4WDing, and the great state we are so lucky to live in.

Your life quote or motto (who said it) Enjoy today. You don’t know when it will end, you might be dead tomorrow. ~Me