Good Food and Drink Show
June 24, 2017
The Good Food and Drink show is about discovering new foods – running the gamut from sweet to savoury - new wines and latest products with hundreds of local and international exhibitors proffering samples and some of Australia’s celebrity chefs and restaurateurs on stage at the Good Food Theatre demonstrating how to recreate their creations at home. The show offers ample opportunities to learn more about your favourite tipple at one of their many masterclasses; participation in free wine tasting classes at the Riedel Drinks Lab or wine matching exercises in the Wine Selectors’ Cellar Door Sessions.
Chefs performing at the Good Food Theatre included the Dublin born chef and restaurateur Colin Fassnidge, who recently returned to the Australian TV program My Kitchen Rules as a guest judge. Known for his nose to tail cooking philosophy, the outspoken Irishman firmly believes the secret to cooking a great dish is planning and “having a bit of love for the food”.
Miguel Maestre has worked for many years in various kitchens around the world, before settling down in Sydney, where he has developed a talent for incorporating Spanish ingredients and cooking styles into his Australian menus.
George Calombaris is one of Australia’s top chefs. Although born and bred in Melbourne, his Greek heritage was central in his upbringing with its rich and varied cuisine, which would later become his trademark. On stage he presented food that comprised a hybrid of classical haute cuisine and experimental, molecular gastronomy with modern twists to traditional Greek cuisine that have put this restaurant on the global map.
The restaurateur, television presenter, author, chef and gastronomic traveler Luke Nguyen graced the stage with his relaxed and easygoing nature combined with his deep knowledge and appreciation for Vietnamese cuisine to honour his Asian heritage by bringing people closer together with food. His infectious enthusiasm combined with a lack of pretention was a hit with the audience.
The free wine tasting classes at the Riedel Drinks Lab, in conjunction with Spiegelau offered up to four sessions a day, where one could learn more about wine while sampling a range of varieties from different regions across Australia. The tasting classes were complemented by a range of masterclasses, e.g. one on champagne, one on serving cocktails and beer.
In essence, the Good Food and Drink Show is a three-day indulgence bender that sees culinary lovers come out in full force for food and wine tastings, brand discoveries and foodie experiences.
The newly opened International Convention Centre in Sydney proved to be a suitable venue that worked well for a grand-scale event of this nature, bringing together passionate foodies with passionate producers - and it is a once-a-year opportunity to experiment, indulge and have a foodie adventure.
Photos by KAVV
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