Danielle Gjestland’s Wasabi restaurant has announced a new chef in residence.

Former Spicers Group chef Cameron Matthews will launch Winston on 9 December.

The concept will see Matthews utilise produce from the Sunshine Coast and from the Wasabi property.

“Winston at Wasabi is a first step for me towards achieving my ultimate vision for dining on the Sunshine Coast,” says Matthews.

“When you’ve worked in regional restaurants as long as I have, you realise what an amazing world there is beyond our urban area. It’s where all your food comes from, and I want to be connected to that, and the feeling of place that comes from your plate.”

Winston will open for a six-course long lunch on Sundays and for four-course dinners Wednesday to Saturday.

Diners can look forward to sampling potato flat bread with macadamia butter and braised salt bush alongside Noosa spanner crab with oyster cream, pickled cabbage, kale powder, lemon jam and grilled spring onion roots as well as tartare of aged beef with garden dried leaves and cured ox heart.

A small wine list will focus on local producers, with wines selected to pair with the menu.

It’s the first standalone concept for Matthews since he left Spicers Group after an 11-year stint, which saw the chef work in Montville at The Long Apron Restaurant and Cooking School and in the Hunter Valley.

Reservations are now open.