Matt Golinski will appear at Lake Wivenhoe this weekend for the Australia Day celebrations.
Matt Golinski will appear at Lake Wivenhoe this weekend for the Australia Day celebrations. Luka Kauzlaric

Matt Golinski keen to get back in kitchen of own restaurant

CELEBRITY chef Matt Golinski shared his story of recovery from the horrific fire that killed his family and left him with burns across his body, during a talk at the Gladstone Safety Expo on Friday.

"There is a big support circle for burns survivors...we all get together and bitch about the horrible things like itching and body suits," he laughed.

"You have to look on the lighter side of things eventually."

He has to be careful in the sun and considers he came out of recovery quite well.

"They consider the cosmetic side as an important part of recovery," Mr Golinski said.

He said he found it interesting to see how different the focus of safety was in an industry setting, compared to that of chef work.

"We have a lack of that in our industry," he said. "The support post an injury is really important and it makes sense to have that focus."

He said injuries in the kitchen were often about "patching you up and getting you back to work" as soon as possible.

Mr Golinski has taken up several opportunities this year as a food ambassador.

"I've started cooking again ... I'd like nothing more than to go back into the kitchen," he said.

"I have plans to set up my restaurant when I'm physically up to it."

Mr Golinski will be hosting a Fundrun Charity Dinner at Scotties Restaurant on Saturday night, with tickets still available by phoning 0434 140 069.



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