This dinner featured the following guys and girls who have been nominated as finalists:
Damien Byrne, Lot 7
Jake Nicolson, Circa the Prince
Kah-Wai Lo, Hare & Grace
Michael Fox, Henry & The Fox
Michael Demagistris, Sorrento Golf Club
Pierre-Etienne Geoffroy, Jacques Reymond
Simone Spicer, Pei Modern
Each chef was responsible for a dish, the photos below are pretty ordinary so apologies.
Tell Apple to put flash on their ipads!
|The Menu for the night, I love matched wines|
|A bit on each of the finalists|
|The dinner was held in the foyer at Careers Australia|
|Mud crab and prawn roll with peanut satay|
(Jake Nicolson, Circa)
|Classic Chinese Emporor's Pork|
(Kah-Wai Lo, Hare and Grace)
|Confit duck, celeriac, cracked wheat, beetroots and cavalo nero|
(Michael Demagistris, Sorrento Golf Club)
|Gingerbread cake, caramelised banana, coffee ice cream, dark chocolate sauce|
(Michael Fox, Henry and the Fox)
The highlight was having the chefs sit down with us and chat through the night, share a wine and talk about the restaurant business. It's very easy to forget how young these guys and girls are given what they've acheived. I was lucky to spend a good deal of time with Simone Spicer from Pei and Michael Fox from Henry and the Fox. The passion for what they do really shows in the way they cook/serve, but more so in how they talk about the industry.
The finals are going to be held in Sydney in a few weeks, good luck to Team Victoria.
Thanks very much to Sarah Mason for the invitation.