When heralding great news, it’s often most exciting to share it with close friends. When that great news involves your Hometown and State, you know that you’re especially onto a good thing.
Some of you may recall that I grew up in a restaurateur family. That my father, brother & I, all trained as chefs, (my brother at TasTAFE Drysdale.) Before we each moved onto different ventures.
How things have progressed.
“Between the months of March to August, TasTAFE Drysdale presents the Great Chefs Series” in Launceston & Hobart, Tasmania
They welcome Alain Passard, Dominique Crenn and Christian Puglisi, alongside some of Australia’s finest culinary glitterati. Including Guillaume Brahimi, Jacques Reymond, David Moyle, Phil Wood, Mark Best & Mike McEnearney. (More on this to come at a latter date…)
“The Great Chefs Series is an opportunity for some of the most influential culinary minds on the planet to mentor, coach and collaborate with the developing talent within the Tasmanian hospitality industry. Including students across the Commercial Cookery, Hospitality, Tourism and Events qualifications.
Each visiting chef to Tasmania brings years of continuity & excellence, at the highest service level imaginable in the culinary world.”
If the heady combination of Michelin Stars, Hatted restaurants & Premium Tasmanian produce haven’t grabbed you yet? Then how about the tranquil surrounds of some of Australia’s finest country, Wine country at that, with some of the finest ‘New World Cool Cimate’ wines.
Not forgetting the up & coming talent of young culinary minds, perched on the abyss of discovery.
Delicious, delicious, discovery.
Alain Passard (L’Arpège) brings decades of culinary experience, having been the benchmark for generations after him.
His fearless & constant innovation, led him to rule the culinary scene with Vegetables & Legumes at L’Arpège. Especially known as the vegetable whisperer on his Chef’s Table (France) debut for Netflix. Also recently delighting the world, with his culinary cookbook/comic book of sorts En Cuisine Avec
Chef Passard has held Three Michelin Stars, for 20 consecutive years.
29th March at Josef Chromy Wines (5 course, Lunch degustation.)
1st April TasTAFE Drysdale Launceston (10 course, Dinner degustation.)
30th March Masterclass, Venue tbc
Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn & Petit Crenn) took the title of Best Female Chef 2016, by San Pellegrino’s World’s 50 best Restaurants List, this year.
Described for her “highly disctinctive french heritage, imaginative gastronomic flair and proven originality… with a strong social, poetic & environmental narrative underpinning her molecular gastronomy…”
Crenn is the definition of success, in a male dominant industry. Not forgetting her Two Michelin Stars for Atelier Crenn. Quote: “Chefs are not the rock stars. Farmers are the rock stars.” CNN Interview
8th April TasTAFE Drysdale Launceston (10 course, Dinner degustation.) Partnered with Goaty Hill Winery
Christian Puglisi (Relæ & Manfreds) is described as a part of the food brigade which has pioneered sustainability & organic focus in the modern food scene. A few years back his restaurant Relæ obtained the highest Danish organic certification, making it the first Michelin starred restaurant with such a certification in the world.
Modern Farmer describes his Farm of Ideas and how Puglisi wants to create a “melting pot for innovation, gastronomy and organic agriculture.” This goes way beyond farm to table, it’s also about Millenials farming in a modern world too.
12th April TasTAFE Drysdale Launceston (10 course, Dinner degustation.) Partnered with Tamar Ridge Winery
To quote, this is not only an experience in good food, wine & service. It’s about something bigger than that. It’s about inspiration too.
“The rounded experience & learnings gained by the students through these visiting chefs is something that could be life changing in a making a difference to their future career direction. Everyone in life no matter what occupation, has had a moment when someone has provided encouragement, insight and positive feedback that in some cases changed the course of a future career, or provided the motivation to continue.” Christopher McGimpsey, Education Manager TasTAFE Drysdale,
Find Tickets & further information via the event website Great Chef Series or at TasTAFE Drysdale Launceston. Feeling inspired? Further reading here, Gourmet Traveller-Alain Passard is coming to Australia
Part 2 To be continued soon…
All Images supplied courtesy of TasTAFE Drysdale & Douglas McWall.