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Australia Tourism organises Invite The World To Dinner to showcase countrys food and wine offerings


Tourism Australia recently organised an event, ‘Invite The World To Dinner’, as part of its Restaurant Australia campaign, at Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). The event witnessed the presence of more than 80 international food and wine writers, critics, columnists, reviewers, celebrity chefs, and TV personalities. The event marked the culmination of the Restaurant Australia campaign, showcasing the people, exceptional produce, and places that make Australian food & wine unique, as per a release.

The who’s who from the food & wine segment were present at the event to sample the menu, created by Ben Shewry, Peter Gilmore, and Neil Perry AM, who are the Head Chefs of Restaurant Australia. The Indian contingent comprised Sanjeev Kapoor, Manish Mehrotra, Rahul Akerkar, A D Singh, Kunal Kapoor, Maria Goretti, and Rashmi Uday Singh. The global TV personalities present included Heston Blumenthal, Alice Waters, A A Gill, and Yifan Liu, while Australian foodies like Maggie Beer, Matt Preston, and Matt Moran were also present.

The gastronomic journey commenced with a ‘Chapter 1: Sparkling and Sea’ red carpet moment at Elizabeth Street Pier, with a variety of Australian oysters from Tasmania and West Australia complemented by House of Arras sparkling, served to the sounds of a string quartet.

Guests were then ushered onto a flotilla of ‘yellow boats’, provided by Tasmanian tourism operator, Robert Pennicott, departing for ‘Chapter 2: Earth, Fire & Water’ held at the Glenorchy Art and Sculpture Park. Amidst fire pits and Indigenous storytellers, guests were treated to the first of many creative courses to come from the Restaurant Australia Head Chefs.

Guests then boarded the iconic ‘MONA ROMA’ ferry for the museum itself, where they made their way through the venue for ‘Chapter 3: Art and Produce’ – the main course. Here the three Chefs blurred the lines of cooking and art to each present a unique course served with six matching Australian wines.

Finally, ‘Chapter 4: Sticky and Sweet’ saw diners enjoy a roving celebration of all things sweet in MONA’s Void gallery. Ben Shewry presented The Great Australian ice-cream cart and Blue Wren eggs, Peter Gilmore served fresh lychee, vanilla, rose, coconut alongside prune, salted caramel, jersey cream and from Neil Perry, date tart and mango, pandan and coconut.

The guests were also among the first in the world to sample the first raw milk blue cheese to be produced in Australia; King Saul by South Australian cheese makers, Udder delights.

John O’Sullivan, Managing Director, Tourism Australia, said the event was a perfect culmination to what has been a highly successful Restaurant Australia campaign, aimed at closing the significant gap in the perceptions of Australia's food & wine offering. “Our global Restaurant Australia campaign set out to showcase Australia’s impressive food & wine offering to the world, highlighting the depth and diversity of our local producers, chefs and winemakers. What our Restaurant Australia Head Chefs pulled together and the setting in which the meal was served was nothing short of breathtaking and has truly demonstrated the exceptional quality and unique produce we have on offer here in Australia.”

The chefs, Ben Shewry, Peter Gilmore and Neil Perry agreed it was a remarkable honour to cook for the world and showcase the unique food & wine offering Australia has to offer travellers from across the globe.

Sharing his views on Australia as a food & wine destination, Sanjeev Kapoor said, “Australia is blessed with natural beauty and good food, perfect ingredients for a dream destination and is seen as the hub of global cuisine. The influence of cuisines from every corner of the world can be experienced here in the restaurants. Australian food scene is vibrant and lively and very inclusive.”

Kunal Kapur said, “Traveling to Australia has exposed to me the best of people, produce and places in the world and armed with this wealth of knowledge I am ready to create food inspired by Australia. The diversity in produce and cuisines coupled by talented chefs have led to creation of a superior experience of food.”

Source: Hospitality Biz India

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.