Recipe by Matt Donovan

Matt Donovan is the talented and passionate head chef from The Surf Club Restaurant & Bar at Park Beach in Coffs Harbour.


Here he shares the top tips to make his famous Seafood Chowder at home.

“Success depends mostly on a rich, flavourful fish stock made simply from only the freshest of fish frames and trimmings. Long, slow simmering together with finely diced aromatic vegetables, a few grinds of white pepper and a dash of wine … gets the chowder off to a great start. While this is happening, start on the next steps.”


  1. Heat a little oil and sweat finely diced vegetables (zucchini, onion, carrot)
  2. When soft and turning gold, deglaze with a splash of white wine.
  3. Now with the fish stock, make a French Velouté sauce whisking a roux of butter and flour into the stock until smooth and thick.
  4. Now add small chunks of firm white fish, prawns and calamari; taste for seasoning.
  5. Finish with pure cream and sprinkle with freshly chopped dill.

Serve: with toasted ciabatta (and a glass of white wine!).

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Check out The Surf Club Restaurant & Bar.