May 2018. Cody McKavanagh, Old Tom Restaurant & Bar, Broadbeach.
Located in the heart of Broadbeach, Old Tom Restaurant and Bar is the Gold Coast’s newest fine dining and classic gin bar. Old Tom pays homage to the 18th-century prohibition era in the United Kingdom. In 1736 a Gin Act was established to try to stop people excessively drinking gin by adding a hefty tax to purchases. To get around the tax, public houses would have a tomcat carving outside of their business and people would place a coin in the cat’s mouth to receive a shot of gin. Thus Old Tom was borne.
Young genius Cody McKavanagh, from a small country town to developing for likes of Heston Blumenthal at The Fat Duck, at age 21 Cody is leading the kitchen with a menu revolving around native and foraged Australian ingredients. Working closely with small local farmers to bring the best Australia has to offer to the plate, he leads a small team with constant evolution showcased through the chef's choice menu. Cody has worked at likes of Maa emo, Biota and Quay.