We have just arrived back from 5 days on Hamilton Island where we celebrated a ‘once in a lifetime’ event with 12 special live-in guests. Back in January we approached Temp Chefs Australia, Matthew Gimpel and after feeling completely confident in his ability, we contracted Matthew for the event and it was the absolute best decision we could have made. Matthew took all worries out of our hands and forged ahead making connections with all northern supplies choosing only the best quality products and produce while at all times keeping us informed.

Matthew flew up to the Island for the celebration, the kitchen was his kingdom and he proceeded to create unbelievably amazing gourmet menus each day. The guests were treated from breakfast to dinner with a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach. The talk of each day was – wow can’t wait to see what the Chef has made for the next meal. Matthew never failed to present delicious meals, plated as if in a 4 hatted Restaurant and the large meal table was always full of laughter and the conversation was always in awe of this young man’s talents. Nothing was ordinary - it was all extraordinary.


Matthew, We cannot thank you enough for your ability and love of your craft. Your quiet, kind and generous personality fitted in perfect with total strangers who now regard you as a friend. All your work behind the scenes for when we slept you were at the marina choosing only the freshest seafood or topping up daily supplies all before creating scrumptious breakfast dishes. Your professionalism is outstanding and your character above reproach. AND you came in on budget.

We now have a memory of those exceptional 5 days that will forever be regarded as one of the highlights of our lives and we have you to thank for taking so much responsibility off our shoulders and allowing us to immerse into carefree fun filled days spent in ‘FOOD HEAVEN’.

May your career prosper as you are truly doing the very thing you were born too.

Darryl and Carole HOOD

Fortitude Valley