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Discovery - Rottnest Island stars in MasterChef

12 Jul 2019

Karl Wulf: Executive Chef at Pinky's Beach Club

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Discovery - Rottnest Island stars in MasterChef Australia

Discovery - Rottnest Island played a starring role in MasterChef Australia last night, with Executive Chef Karl Wulf showcasing local seafood in a beachside MasterClass.

As part of the show’s WA Week, contestants spent a day learning from the pros; judges Matt Preston, George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan along with Chef Karl Wulf, who has put Discovery - Rottnest Island’s relaxed family restaurant ‘Pinky’s Beach Club’ on the map for foodies across the world.

Karl cooked and plated up Rottnest’s signature fresh crayfish as the sun set over Pinky Beach in what is one of the island’s most idyllic settings.

Karl said it was a terrific experience to be involved in the popular TV show, which is broadcast to more than 120 countries across the globe.

“Deciding what dish to cook was a tough decision as we are spoilt for choice in WA when it comes to local produce,” said Karl.

“The charcoal grilled crayfish dish I decided upon was caught off a paddleboard earlier that day, just metres from Pinky’s Beach Club,” said Karl.

“With Discovery – Rottnest Island being an eco-property, my focus for Pinky’s Beach Club has been on local and sustainable ingredients and this dish speaks to that ethos. The Beach Club is becoming known for simple and authentic dishes where the flavours speak for themselves,” he said.

“In the crayfish dish, like many of the dishes on our menu, local flavours such as sandfire and saltbush are used to tell the story of Rottnest Island, and pay homage to its hunter gatherer history.”

“It was great to see Rottnest’s natural beauty as the backdrop to last night’s show and I’m sure it will inspire more people from around Australia and the world to experience the island for themselves,” he said.

Opening its doors on 1 March 2019, Discovery – Rottnest Island provides a family glamping experience in an enviable location on the coast behind the dunes of iconic Pinky Beach.

Pinky’s Beach Club provides a casual dining experience for breakfast, lunch and dinner, signature cocktails and WA beer and wine, and the menu reflects Karl’s commitment to celebrating fresh local produce and cooking over fire and coal.

Originally from New Zealand, Karl’s 21-year career has seen him work at many prestigious resorts and restaurants across New Zealand and Australia’s east coast including MONA (Hobart), Levantine Hill (Yarra Valley), Peppers Beach Club (Port Douglas), Hamilton Island Resort (Queensland), Couran

Island Resort (Surfers Paradise), and The Hermitage, New Zealand before the lure of Rottnest Island drew him and his family West.

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About Discovery Rottnest Island

The $25 million development is a joint venture between WA’s Baileys Group, and Discovery Holiday Parks.


Discovery Rottnest Island has been developed with the local Rottnest holiday maker very much in mind, but also caters for visitors to Western Australia who seek out an exceptional natural experience. Accordingly, accommodation options range from affordable family tents through to a true five-star glamping experience.


Discovery Parks

As Australia’s largest owner and operator of holiday parks, Discovery Parks knows how to create holiday experiences.


With around 40 properties in WA, and over 250 across Australia, Discovery is a significant contributor to the local and national tourism economy.


Discovery Rottnest Island is the first property in the company’s new ‘Experience’ portfolio, which sits along the company’s existing brands of Discovery Parks, Top Parks and G’DAY Rewards.


Baileys Group (JV partner)

For more than 30 years the Baileys Group Directors have built national businesses in the marine infrastructure and transport industries. They all grew up on the West Australian coastline regularly visiting Rottnest Island and enjoying all that Rottnest has to offer.


Baileys Group is shareholder in Experience Australia Group, which owns Rottnest Express along with The Ghan and The Indian Pacific and the Whitsundays’ biggest tourism operator, Cruise Whitsunday.

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