Peter Moore’s red claw crayfish farm at Theebine takes centre stage at the Gympie Railway Station tomorrow.
Peter Moore’s red claw crayfish farm at Theebine takes centre stage at the Gympie Railway Station tomorrow. Renee Pilcher

Crayfish farmer cooks for chef

RED CLAW farmer Peter Moore will swap a net for a deep fryer tomorrow when he cooks for Sirromet Winery's executive chef Andrew Mirosch and 20 other VIP guests aboard the Sunlander at the Gympie Railway Station.

Owner of Theebine's Cherax Park red claw crayfish farm, Mr Moore, said his crumbed red claw tails would "blow you away".

He has been farming the beauties for 12 years and the whopper pictured was a jumbo sized male - farmed fresh yesterday.

Last time the Sunlander stopped in Gympie executive chef Andrew Mirosch cooked the tails for passengers during the gourmet foodie train ride.

But with his red claw tails on the menu Mr Moore decided to give the Sunlander's MasterClass a cooking lesson with wife Ethel - who was a "fantastic cook".

The pair will also take their first holiday in years and jump aboard the train which stops at Hamilton Island.

But for half an hour while the train stops in Gympie Mr Moore will be behind the fryer.

He said Cherax Park was the biggest crayfish farm in Queensland with 57 ponds, producing about 20 tonne of red claw a year.

The Moore's originally moved to the Gold Coast from New South Wales and 12 years ago decided Theebine would be the ideal location to farm red claws.

"That's when we went from the sublime to the ridiculous," joked Ethel.

Now their crayfish are shipped to restaurants all over the nation and overseas.

They are currently preparing fresh or live and frozen orders for Melbourne and Chile.

Mr Moore said his red claw tails tasted amazing.

"We sell more tails than anything else," he said.

Gympie Times


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