KOONYA GARLIC FESTIVAL FOOD THEATRE AND MASTERCLASSES
Each year the festival holds a series of masterclasses featuring some of Tasmania and Australia's most celebrated chefs, cooks, craft distillers and brewers.
Indulge your 'inner garlic lover' & be inspired to create your own delicious feast ....
Rodney Dunn THE AGRARIAN KITCHEN
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Rodney Dunn is Co-founder of the Agrarian Kitchen. Rodney. worked under Tetsuya Wakuda at the Sydney Restaurant Tetsuya's before moving into food media, working as a food researcher for the Better Homes and Gardens television program and as food editor of Gourmet Traveller Magazine.
In order to indulge his passion for growing fruit and vegetables, raising pigs, milking goats and keeping honey bees, Rodney, with his wife Severine Damanet, opened The Agrarian Kitchen Cooking School in Lachlan in Tasmania's beautiful Derwent Valley in 2008. It offers guests a unique paddock to plate experience where guests harvest produce from its garden to be used in the cooking experience and is led by Rodney. In 2010, it was voted as Australia's 'Greatest Gourmet Food Experience" by Australian Traveller Magazine.
In June 2017, Rodney and Severine opened their restaurant, The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery in the small town of New Norfolk, just a few minutes drive from the Cooking School. IN October, 2017, just four months after opening, The Eatery was awarded two hats and voted "Best Regional Restaurant in Australia" by Fairfax in the National Good Food Guide. In July 2018, the Australian Financial Review awarded The Eatery as the "Top Newcomer in Australia" and it also came 32nd in its Top 100 Australian Restaurants for 2018.
Rodney has authored two books with Penguin Randomhouse Australia under its Lantern imprint, entitled The Agrarian Kitchen and The Truffle Cookbook, the Truffle Cookbook was awarded 'Best in the World' at the World Gourmand Cookbook Awards in 2017.
SBS Food Safari's & Nilgiri's Ajoy Joshi
Ajoy Joshi founded Nilgiri’s in the late nineties and has turned it into more than just a restaurant. He has organised many other activities that enable him to share his enthusiasm and knowledge about Indian food, its correct preparation, sourcing the best ingredients and passing on simple, yet essential culinary facts that he is always happy to share.
Ajoy was trained in Madras (now Chennai), India and started his career at the prestigious Taj Group of Hotels where he was soon promoted to executive chef of the Taj Hotel, Bangalore. During this time he was also involved in setting up Karavali Restaurant, renowned for its ethnic coastal South Indian cuisine. Ajoy’s training was completed in the gruelling culinary education he received from six Indian master chefs, experts in their own regional cuisine, who took him into their confidence with their own techniques of cooking.
Ajoy opened the Malabar Restaurant in Crows Nest, Sydney, serving traditional South Indian cuisine which won awards and accolades both in Australia and India. In 1997, Ajoy sold the Malabar and embarked on a tour to study food trends around the world. It was from this tour that Ajoy then launched nilgiri’s which has received many awards, the most recent being the 2010 “Best Indian” award for excellence in catering from Restaurant & Catering (R&C NSW/ACT). Ajoy has appeared as a guest chef on numerous TV, web-clip and radio programmes and is respected as one of Australia’s top Indian chefs. Ajoy is regarded as an authority on Indian food, both overseas and in Australia, where he is frequently asked to advise cookery schools and hotels. Ajoy is supported by his wife Meera, son Aniruddh, and a highly competent culinary team.
Paul Foreman and John X The 'Chef and the Showman'
Delighting garlic lovers at the 2015, 2017 and 2018 Koonya Garlic Festivals, award-winning Chef Paul Foreman and actor, director and broadcaster John X (the festival's garlic rascals) are back by popular demand with another entertaining culinary celebration of the hardy bulb.
Paul Foreman (The Chef) From his first taste of cooking at age nine, Paul knew that cooking was his future. Over the past 28 years, Paul has gathered an extraordinary wealth of experience - predominantly in Australia, but also internationally. One of his most cherished and abiding memories was the time he spent in Sri Lanka, where along with eight other leading Australian chefs, he toured the country, cooking in dry river beds, tea fields, remote villages and at the home of host Merrill J Fernando, the founder of Dilmah Tea. The food, culture, experience and Sri Lanka's amazing people changed his life! Closer to home his experience has led him to the wilds of Tassie's West Coast, working on abalone boats, to the inaugural Flinders Island Food Fare and heading up two of Tasmania's premier restaurants, Gondwana and Marque 1V.. Paul was also the Executive Chef for the Kalis Group of Hotels for many years. During his time with Kalis he also presented a number of themed based degustation dinners, Producers luncheons at Cable Station Restaurant in Stanley and also ran the Food Theatre att the Taste of the Huon under the label "The Chef and the Showman" with John X. Due to increasing commitments, Paul recently decided to fly solo to focus on his successful catering business and food truck "Black Box Kitchen'. Influences: During his career Paul has worked alongside a number of Australia's top chefs including Tetsuya Wakuda, Shane Osborne, Geoff Lindsay, Matt Moran, David Pugh and Peter Kuruvita who have helped to mould his cooking style and attitude.: "For me good cooking comes from the heart, with a splash of knowledge, a pinch of confidence, a bucket load of determination and a dash of fun"! Black Box Kitchen Paul Foreman Events and Catering https://www.facebook.com/foodvan69/ https://www.facebook.com/Paul-Foreman-Events-and-Catering- 443581142358616/
John Xintavelonis (John X - The Showman) John is a Tasmanian actor, comedian and broadcaster known throughout Australia for his performance as Pumbaaa the Warthog in the Australian Production of the stage musical 'The Lion King. He has also played Mr Braithwaite in Billy Elliot the musical in Sydney and Melbourne. In 2009 he travelled to South Korea with Jekyll and Hyde the musical where he played the roles of Lord Savage the Spider. In 2009 he also appeared on City Homicide for the 7 network and John Safran's Race Relations for ABC TV. John has worked for many Tasmanian production companies including 10 Days on the Island' festival, Big monkey, Exit Left, Fifth Wall, Zootanga, Theatre Alfresco, Theatre Royal/XWWX, Hills Centre and Old Nick. John has also been extremely busy recently, featuring in Croon: Holiday to Broadway, "Croon 2" - Return of the Swing, The State of the Tasmanian Economy, Sleeping Booty, The Wizard of Oz where he played Zeke/Lion and a role in the world renowned musical We will Rock You. He has also directed a number of productions and regularly broadcasts on ABC Radio. https://www.facebook.com/john.xintavelonis
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