Rob has been working in the hospitality industry for over 25 years. Starting his apprenticeship in Toowoomba at 17 before being transferred to various hotels in Brisbane.
After qualifying in Brisbane and progressing through the ranks as a qualified Chef, Rob then moved onto the Sunshine coast where he owned his own successful restaurant. Rob returned home in 2001 and worked as a head chef at some of Toowoomba's well known establishments before taking on the Food and Beverage Manager's position at the University of Southern Queensland.
Rob spent the next two years managing Kingfishers Cafe before taking on a teaching role at the Southern Queensland Institute of Tafe passing on skills and knowledge to eager students. The opportunity then arose for Rob to purchase Kingfishers Cafe Restaurant in the Springs Garden World complex in Spring Street.
Rob works tirelessly to bring new menus each year that reflects the season and compliments the peaceful and natural surrounds as well as investing time in training staff and enhancing the appearance of the cafe so they can best meet the needs of our patrons.
Rob, wife Bridget and their three young children, Lachlan, Maya and Harris, enjoy going out as a family for breakfast on the weekend. It is their aim to make Kingfishers Cafe Restaurant an enjoyable, relaxing, family friendly destination for everyone.
Nathan Keller, also known as Bobby, is our head chef. Chef Bobby and his talented team work hard to provide sensational meals within the stunning garden setting.
My first passion for food came from my mother, teaching me important fundamental basics that I implemented in kitchens whilst living in Port Douglas. It was there in which I was further taught by chefs that had worked all around the globe. I came back to my hometown, Toowoomba, where I had decided to begin and complete my apprenticeship at Kingfishers Café.
I have learnt a great deal from many talented chefs throughout my journey, but the journey never stops. Constantly finding new techniques and flavours are just some of the thrills that keep my passion burning to create fun and exciting dishes that are loved by many here at the Kingfishers Café.
One of the most exciting elements to the kitchen is not only inspiring yourself, but also inspiring the others around you.
Be sure to say “hi” if you see Chef Bobby when you come in.
After graduating St Mary’s College in Toowoomba I went on to study a diploma in I.T. Once I graduated I had a change of heart to pursue a different dream.
Growing up I was always part of cooking at home, mainly with my sister. My whole family always gathered for the big occasions such as Christmas and birthdays to celebrate with a home cooked meal. It’s from these occasions I really grew an interest for cooking.
I have worked at various kitchens in Toowoomba, but have really enjoyed finding a home with Kingfisher Café. Since joining the team at Kingfisher I have become a qualified chef and begun to learn a lot more about this lifestyle and career I have chosen. I am really looking forward to what is to come next with this café and with my own career.
Bridget looks after the accounts and HR side of the business which keeps her very busy.
Heidi is our amazing restaurant supervisor. Heidi started in Hospitality in 2003 in a local motel before moving to the Sunshine Coast to continue her career in a busy Mooloolaba Restaurant.
When Heidi started a family she decided to relocate back to Toowoomba in 2010 to be closer to family and this is when she commenced work with Kingfishers Cafe.
Heidi is experienced in all aspects of the industry including, waiting tables, food preparation, co-ordinating and supervising weddings and other functions.
Heidi was runner up in Toowoomba’s Bean Stalking Barista Competition in 2013 while working at the City Golf Club before being offered a management role and coming back to join the team at Kingfishers Cafe.
I started in hospitality in 2003 up in the Whitsundays on Daydream Island Resort and Spa, before moving to Airlie Beach to continue my career in the industry as a supervisor at a busy local cafe.
My time had come to make change so I returned to my home town of Toowoomba in 2012 to be closer to family.
I started working at Kingfishers Cafe in 2012 before I decided to start studying in Business Administration. Which I worked in the industry for 2 years before my position was made redundant.
An opportunity became available in early 2015 so I returned to join the team as to which since returning was recently promoted to supervisor.