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Wednesday 24 April 2019

Former MasterChef fan favourite crafts her own restaurant

Former MasterChef fan favourite Sarah Clare is very hands-on as she prepares to launch her own restaurant in Tasmania in a few week's time. 

Gourmet on the Road caught up with Clare this week as she was painting the walls of the premises in Cygnet, in the Huon Valley, where she will launch Ilha, the Portuguese name for island. 

Clare took the keys for what was previously the School House Coffee Shop earlier this month and is completely re-designing the premises to highlight an open kitchen. 

Ilha will showcase local produce from fresh local fish ceviche to ducks, rabbits and wallaby, and will have a definite south American accent, featuring dishes and wines from Brazil and Argentina. 

The wine list will feature the best from Tasmania, the mainland and South America. 

Clare, a 33-year-old mother of one, was a top 10 contestant on MasterChef in 2018 and has decided to open in her hometown, which is also home to Gourmet Farmer Matthew Evans' once-a-week Fat Pig Farm. 

Ilha will fill a void in Cyget by opening four nights a week - Thursday to Sunday - and will offer tapas and glass of wine as well as a seasonal a la carte menu. 

Clare has lived and worked in both Sydney and Melbourne, where she ran the bar at Murmur. 

Stay tuned for more details. 



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  2. This is a wonderful addition to Cygnet. Great news!

  3. Is "al a carte" Al's Aussie version of a'la carte? :)

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