Shayd Hector is all about supporting local when it comes to his newest business venture, Shaydys at Stanley Golf Club.
Trained in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales, and having travelled all around Australia and parts of Europe, the qualified chef has been in the hospitality game for almost twenty years, and his passion for local culinary delights are as strong as ever.
Having once opened the popular Vue Restaurant in Bridport, Hector believes he has hit the jackpot with the world-renowned produce available to him in the Circular Head region.
“It’s amazing, I absolutely love it here,” Hector said.
“It’s blown me away that Circular Head has an abundance of the world’s best products.”
Currently using local products from places such as TOP Fish Stanley, Greenham Tasmania, Hursey’s Seafood, La Cantara Cheese, and Three Friends Abalone, Hector is on the lookout for anyone who may grow produce in their own backyard to give him a call.
“I’d love to utilise more local products, or learn how they grow, catch, or harvest their products,” Hector continued.
“Marty from TOP Fish and Joel from Three Friends have been amazing, but anyone else out there that has fresh local produce like vegetables and things like that, please sing out.”
The love of local doesn’t stop there, with Hector even sourcing Peonies from Phil and Fiona at Gateforth Farm, Black River, to decorate his restaurant.
Shaydys at Stanley Golf Club has a diverse menu including local seafood, beef, and chicken, with Hector insisting he can cater for anyone, and for any occasion.
He also hand makes all desserts, bread, including ciabatta and sourdough, as well as hand rolled gnocchi.
“The menu at the moment is evolving,” he said.
“I’ve had some really good feedback, but I’m happy to design anything to suit anyone.”
Hector is also looking to expand from just in house dining, offering catering for any event including private functions and weddings.
Starting Thursday November 16, Shaydys will open from 3pm on Thursdays and Fridays with a brand-new tapas menu ideal for knock off drinks, with dinner service commencing at 5pm through until 9pm.
Saturdays and Sundays will see the restaurant open from 8am for all day breakfast, lunch service from 11am, tapas from 3pm, and dinner from 5pm until 9pm.
Putting a fresh twist on local cuisine, Hector is confident he has found a home to share his skill with the people of Circular Head.
“I love the whole story about where food comes from, and now I’m doing what makes me glow as a chef.”
If you would like to provide fresh local produce, or to make a booking, contact Shayd on 0431 964 093.