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Saturday 10 February 2024

Top chef takes on a new challenge


The Hunter Valley's loss is Lake Macquarie's gain with chef Emerson Rodriguez revealing a new venture. 

Just weeks after shutting the doors to Hunter favourite Emerson's Restaurant in Lovedale, he has announced Emerson's on the Lake Restaurant & Events.

The new restaurant will be located at the Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto with Rodriguez taking over both the upstairs restaurant (formerly Toronto Bay Bistro) and Mariners function room downstairs.

He has been given free rein to choose the styles of cuisine as part of a three-year deal.

"We have one of the best views on lake situated right on the water's edge at Lake Macquarie," the chef says, while admitting there is "a lot of work to be done before opening".

Kitchen renovations with new equipment, and new tables and chairs are part of the plans.

Rodriguez, formerly of Peppers Guest House, says he will be sourcing menu items from Shane's Seafood at Carey Bay - just two minutes down the road.

The club has operated at its current location since 1927, except when closed during World War II. The opening date will be February 28. 

I just hope he signs up a sous chef called Palmer. Then we'd have Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

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