Check out the treats at the Dimities Cottage high tea, all made by Graham Mitchell
Check out the treats at the Dimities Cottage high tea, all made by Graham Mitchell Graham Mitchell

Meet the local expressing his creativi-tea

ART and creativity can exist in many different forms.

Graham Mitchell, owner and chef from Dimities Cottage Cafe in Wondai, has been using high teas as an artistic outlet for over 20 years.

"We've been hosting high teas once every month since I opened the cottage, which has been over 20 odd years now,” he said.

"Everyone, including me, enjoys getting involved. There's no dress code, but it's a nice opportunity for everyone to get dressed and have a good time.”

Mr Mitchell started Dimities Cottage as a family business in order to find a job.

"I'm a chef, and it's much easier to work for yourself than to work for anybody else. I've really enjoyed the freedom of working under my own means,” he said.

Before Dimities, Mr Mitchell collected a range of skills throughout his life to maintain his creativity.

"I'm a trained florist, I was a concert pianist, I've done many different things. I have quite a diverse background, and what I do is all very creative-based. I'm an artist who exhibits all over Queensland as well, so being a creative chef allows me another outlet,” he said.

Mr Mitchell is a chef especially proud of his high tea efforts.

"We cook all of the traditional stuff. There's always different little cakes and slices, as well as sandwiches, both hot and cold and sweet and savory. There's food for everyone, and we cater to gluten free as well,” he said.

"Last month we even had a vegan high tea, so as long as we know in advance, we can cater for everyone. Somebody made a request because there were people in the group who were vegan, and of course we enjoyed accommodating.”

The next high tea is held on December 2, and Mr Mitchell is excited to host once again.

"It's great to watch people enjoy what you make, and it gives an extra appreciation to the art,” he said.

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