'I'll always love Byron,' says Snowie
By RACHEL AFFLICK firstname.lastname@example.org TOP chef Steven Snow says he was misrepresented in a magazine article that implied he was glad to see the back of Byron Bay.
Mr Snow, who was head chef at the Beach Hotel's famed Fin's restaurant before it closed last year, was quoted in the Weekend Australian magazine saying he did not regret for one second he was not in Byron Bay any more.
In the article, Mr Snow said the town had become plagued by traffic problems and whingeing locals, and his new restaurant at Salt Village was now busier every night than he was on the busiest Saturday night at Christmas in Byron.
But he yesterday told The Northern Star he was saddened by the way he had been represented.
"I said all those things but to arrange it in that way is out of context," he said.
"I don't want to belittle Byron Bay for supporting me. That was never my intention.
"I love it, always have,%always will."
Byron's Fins restaurant closed last year after the Beach Hotel was sold to new owners John and Lisa van Haandel. Ironically, the move happened just days after being named Best Restaurant in the Catering NSW Awards for Excellence.
Mr Snow has gone on to open Fins at Salt Village and now plans to sell his home at Possum Creek to be closer to work.
But he said it was not his decision to leave.
"The van Haandels had a new business model and I didn't fit into their plans," Mr Snow said.
Mr Snow also denied finding the clientele at Salt Village 'more receptive' than his Byron Bay market.
"Byron Bay was an extremely well-patronised restaurant, and this one is even busier," he said.
"I have more business up here, but that's a very different thing to the support base of the locals."