My Kitchen Rules winners share their secrets to cafe success

They won our stomachs with their sausages, our hearts with their struggle in the fourth season of My Kitchen Rules in 2013.

Dan and Steph Mulheron have lived the dream but are still happiest sharing a Friday night sausage dinner with their family, which now includes baby Emmy.

Café success

The welcome is warm at their Hervey Bay café, EAT at Dan & Steph’s where the Hervey Bay region’s outstanding produce stars. For Dan and Steph, it’s all about creating beautiful, delicious food to share with the public and their friends.

"We want our staff to show 
initiative, flare and love for food, which is 
what we are all about."

“We still get a lot My Kitchen Rules fans visiting which is overwhelming, but we are so pleased that we have made a name for ourselves in the food scene on the Fraser Coast,” says Steph.

Positioned just across from the beach, the EAT dining scene is urban but cosy and relaxed with a menu that changes seasonally due to the abundance of beautiful fresh local produce.

Tim Adams Speciality Coffee is served with tasting notes at EAT with Dan and Steph
Tim Adams Speciality Coffee is served with tasting notes at EAT with Dan and Steph

“At EAT there are daily baked goodies, and our experienced baristas are passionate about creating that perfect cup of coffee every time. We use Tim Adams Specialty Coffee based in Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast, but we actually are amazing friends and went to school together here in Hervey Bay.”

Dan and Steph encourage their staff to come up with new menu ideas and suggestions.

Each week EAT kitchen staff create their signature dishes which then become our main and dessert specials for the week. We want our staff to show initiative, flare and love for food, which is what we are all about.”

Dan's Italian Pork sausages made famous on My Kitchen Rules are available in a six pack.
Dan's Italian Pork sausages made famous on My Kitchen Rules are available in a six pack.

Dan says the Hervey Bay food scene has come a long way over the past five years.

“There are places that still serve ‘classics’ then there are many new places pushing the boundaries, offering new exciting dishes to tantalise the taste buds of locals or recreate traditional dishes in a new modern way.

“Festivals such as the Relish Food and Wine Festival give our local food industry the opportunity to show off what they are all about.

“At EAT, we use a lot of regional produce and support local farmers and suppliers. We have a great relationship with our seafood supplier who will call to offer his fresh catch.

“We also are often offered items such as gooseberries, quinces, rosellas and snake beans just before harvest. Our local micro herb supplier helps make our meals look the same as those in any great restaurant/cafe in a major city.”

Dan's Hervey Bay scallop po boy
Dan's Hervey Bay scallop po boy

What can you expect from My Kitchen Rules winners Dan and Steph and the EAT team at Relish?

“We will be offering one of our famous sausage flavours once again in a delicious creation, but we can’t give too much away,” says Steph. “Dan is renowned for his great sausages. We also create our very own Italian Pork sausage in a six pack from EAT daily to take home and cook up for the family.”

Dan also revealed he may have some of his Hervey Bay scallop po boys at Relish. These are a real treat so grab one if you have the chance.

Relish Food and Wine Festival will be held on June 4 in the relaxed grounds of Maryborough’s Queens Park, just three hours north of Brisbane. Go for the day or make a weekend of it and explore the Fraser Coast region.  You’ll be glad that you did.

PS – I took home a pack of sausages and the family thought they were delicious!

Disclaimer: Ed+bK was a guest of EAT at Dan & Steph’s. This post is sponsored by  Tourism Queensland and Visit Fraser Coast

Kerry Heaney

Kerry Heaney is a food sherpa, travelling the world bite by bite. For her, it's all about where to go to eat and where to eat when you go, and she's been writing about that for the past 20 years. A writer and editor who contributes regular food and travel feature stories for RACQ's The Road Ahead and a range of other print publications, Kerry has been sharing food love through Eat, drink + be Kerry for eight years. Although dedicated to eating her way around the world, Kerry is an expert on Queensland food and has written the Queensland food component for several Hardie Grant titles.  Kerry is immediate past president and a current committee member of the Australian Travel Writers Society (ASTW). Talk to Kerry on Facebook , Twitter or Instagram

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