Simplicity intensified on the Murray | David Kapay, Miss Amelie
For chef David Kapay, the best part of coming home to Wodonga on the Murray River, is the chance to finally slow down.
After 14 years working 'crazy hours' and earning acclaim in the London kitchens of top chefs, he savours time spent with family and the chance to give back to his local community.
Drawing on his experience of working for the industry's biggest names while abroad, David returned to The Murray with plans to open his own restaurant. Miss Amelie serves up classic European dishes, driven by the seasons and availability of local, quality produce.
The restaurant is housed in the former Wodonga railway station, a busy station until it closed in 2010. The site is now a new hospitality hub, with a coffee house and wine bar and craft beer barn.
'A super important part of Miss Amelie's culture and ethos is reaching out to smaller producers and inviting them back into the restaurant and creating these amazing dinners using their produce,' he says. 'At the end of the day, it all comes back to community. I feel great privilege tasting the fresh produce from local growers and putting it on the menu.'
Makers like David are ready to reignite your senses and feed your soul. With culinary delights, sparkling waters and crimson skies, the Murray is where the simple things in life take place.