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 presentincluded 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.