IAIN Lawless is working on a new twist for Kichi Kichi restaurant at Cable Beach Club Resort, but that is not unusual.
The Hawaiian group hospitality consultant updates the menu every 12-18 months but sticks with the Asian theme.
“Cable Beach understands the public and the need for change and evolution,” Mr Lawless said.
“We have strong Italian (Cichetti Club), then the Sunset Bar with the view, so we also need a strong theme on the east.”
Mr Lawless describes himself as “Asian on the inside”.
“It’s my favourite cuisine,” he said.
“I had a Thai cooking school and worked in Bangkok… I love the people and the culture.”
It’s the former My Restaurant Rules chef’s job to add creativity to Hawaiian’s food offerings.
“They have a good team up there (Cable Beach), I just give them inspiration,” Mr Lawless said. “The last change I made took them by surprise.”
Apart from his attention to detail and creativity, Mr Lawless relies on his humour when creating an experience for diners.
“It’s the universal language,” he said.
“Staff need to be relaxed and have fun, then the food will taste better.
“People need to have more humility because it’s not easy to work in hospitality.”
It is that humour that helped Mr Lawless notch up 36 years in the kitchen, during which he worked in 163 kitchens.