Classically trained, Head Chef Chris Hagan is an artist.
Born in Manchester UK, Head Chef Chris Hagan realised his passion for cooking at a young age and has followed his calling across the world.
His years of classical French training shine in the fine technique that frames his beautifully refined, delightfully inventive, sometimes whimsical, and always delicious food. He worked at the Michelin Starred restaurant Fischer’s of Baslow Hall in Derbyshire in his teens and studied at Sheffield College.
With experience in both European and Antipodean cuisine, paired with his passion for Japanese finesse, he enjoys creating clean precise dishes with unique balance and refined elegance. He takes his inspiration from around the world, with hundreds of famous chefs’ books adorning the shelves at home.
After winning the NZ/UK Link Foundation Young Chef of the Year in 2006 the opportunity to travel presented itself. Chris moved to New Zealand working in a number of acclaimed restaurants for several years.
When he first moved to Australia, he spent time in Daylesford and McLaren Vale, later settling in Queensland at top restaurants in Brisbane before relocating to the Sunshine Coast.
The Long Apron Restaurant …. a restaurant with rooms! A modernist approach to French cooking. Refined. Innovative. Unexpected.
Our dedicated team of chefs at The Long Apron draw on classic French ethos and technique in the kitchen, matching time-honoured disciplines with contemporary artistry.
The result is a modern, refined yet quite playful menu that is underpinned, always, by the freshest and best produce of the region and the season.
Discover a taste of true country elegance with a touch of modern French influences where the ultimate dining experience awaits at this luxury leafy estate.
The Long Apron is one of the most highly awarded restaurants on the Sunshine Coast.
Dine elegantly indoors or out, with tables on our terrace or wide timber veranda, for that special occasion, a private dining room is available for intimate gatherings, or simply relax in our tranquil gardens with a charcuterie platter and a glass of champagne.
Allow us to take you on a true gastronomic journey, epitomising creative culinary excellence while maintaining the friendly, personal and personable services Spicers Retreats is known for.
AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
QHA – Best Restaurant, Accommodation
Good Food Guide – Two Hat
Good Food Guide – Readers Choice Best European
Australian Good Food Guide (AGFG) 2020 – Two Hats
Australian Good Food Guide (AGFG) 2020 – Reader’s Choice – Luxury Boutique
Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards 2019 – Two Glasses
Delicious Top 100 – Number 18
Gourmet Traveller Australian Restaurant Guide
Courier Mail Restaurant Awards – Regional Finalist
Restaurant and Catering Savour Awards – Winner Fine Dining Restaurant
Noosa Food Wine – Food Ambassador and Presenter
The Curated Plate – Food Ambassador and Presenting Chef
OzHarvest – Ambassador
RNA Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show – Branded Beef and Branded Lamb Judge
RNA Paddock to Palate 400day Competition Wagyu Judge