Young guns here on culinary quest
THE Northern Rivers has made it on to the country's food map with some of the nation's top culinary young guns touring the region today.
The tour is part of the 2010 Electrolux Appetite for Excellence competition.
Seventeen finalists – seven chefs, seven waiters and three restaurateurs – from around Australia will visit a macadamia farm, Brookfarm, and Bangalow Cheese Co to get a taste of the region.
“These are the future opinion leaders of the Australian restaurant trade and I'm delighted that we can showcase what great produce we grow here,” said Joylon Burnett, chief executive of the Macadamia Society which is facilitating the tour.
The finalists include Morgan Fraser, of Fins Restaurant at Kingscliff, who was nominated for Young Waiter.
The regional primary producer tour starts at Byron today and makes its way to the Hunter Valley.
Through the series of producer and farm visits the chefs, waiters and restaurant owners will hear about growing and handling practices.
“I hope the chefs are inspired to develop unique recipes using Australian macadamias and macadamia oil,” Mr Burnett said.
The tour will conclude with a black box cooking and service challenge, with finalists judged by some of Australia's top industry identities, including Tetsuya Wakuda, and Guy Grossi.