Thursday, March 28, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Meet Danny O’Brien In-House Chef With Master Butchers Whitsunday

It was in Daniel’s blood to become a chef, following in the capable footsteps of his father, who had always loved cooking up a storm in the kitchen.
“My dad was a chef, and I have always loved working with food and making people happy,” Danny explained.
“Food makes people happy and being around happy people gives you such a rush.”
Relocating to Airlie Beach 10 years ago was a surprise decision for Danny and one that completely changed the trajectory of his and his family’s life.
Since his relocation to Airlie Beach, Danny began his career in the kitchen at the Whitsunday Sailing Club, working across the main kitchen and for special functions, including Airlie Beach Race Week, Airlie Beach Festival of Music, numerous weddings, and all sorts of celebrations.
He then moved to Fish D’Vine, cooking for the main restaurant as well as catering big events like White on Whitehaven, the Mayors Ball, and the Whitsunday Tourism Awards.
This experience lends itself to the culinary prowess of Master Butchers Whitsunday. Having joined the team six months ago, Danny is happily using his creative knowledge to launch a new kitchen offering which will see chef-prepared meals using the best quality meats ready for customers to purchase.
In the role, he loves cooking beautiful dishes and specialty meats for customers to buy for their families.
“I love smoking our meats and making pastries. Creating dishes for busy families which have good quality ingredients,” Danny explained.
Danny also enjoys leading a team while being off site at functions and events, and he is excited to witness the next period of growth for Master Butchers Whitsunday.
When he is out of the kitchen, Danny is spending time with his wife, Bec, and their three children, one of which is also a chef. Danny loves fishing, swimming, playing a round of golf and maintaining the family property.

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