KOONYA GARLIC FESTIVAL FOOD THEATRE AND MASTERCLASSES
2018 Cooking Masterclasses and Gin Workshop (please scroll down to find out more ...)
Each year the festival's Food Theatre holds a series of cooking masterclasses featuring some of Tasmania and Australia's most celebrated chefs and cooks. For the first time the festival has also organised a Gin Masterclass with Master award-winning distiller, Bill Mchenry.
The 2018 festival is honoured and extremely excited to announce that Australian culinary icon, the sensational Christine Mansfield, will be conducting a cooking masterclass at the 2018 Koonya Garlic Festival. Christine is flying in from NSW to be part of our humble festival. An multi-award-winning author and gastronomic traveller, whose books have sizzled and 'spiced up' the lives of foodies throughout the world, Christine will be cooking three glorious garlic inspired dishes. Richard Weston owner of Weston Farm and the scrumptiously petite award-winning Pigeon Hole Cafe will be teamed with the cafe's talented head chef Alex Mullan. First masterclass of the day however, will be festival favourites award-winning Tasmanian chef Paul Foreman and actor, director and broadcaster John X (The Chef and the Showman) to showcase our region's fabulous produce. Paul Foreman will also have his sensational Black Box Kitchen Food Truck at the festival.
Indulge your 'inner garlic lover' & be inspired to create your own delicious garlic feast ....
Christine Manfield is one of Australia’s most celebrated chefs – a curious cook and a perfectionist inspired by the culinary melting pot of global flavours. As an award-winning author, her books – A Personal Guide to India & Bhutan, Dessert Divas,Tasting India, Fire, Spice, Stir, Paramount Cooking and Paramount Desserts have spiced up the lives of keen cooks everywhere. She regularly contributes food and travel features to magazines. As one of Australia’s leading culinary ambassadors, her professional culinary life as restaurateur culminated in three ground breaking, highly acclaimed restaurants: Paramount in Sydney 1993 to 2000, East@West in London 2003 to 2005 and Universal 2007 to 2013. Her diverse work portfolio includes mentoring and collaborating with chefs and industry colleagues, hosting pop-up events in Australia and overseas, national judge for the Delicious Produce Awards and the Electrolux Appetite for Excellence Young Restaurateur Awards and Brand Ambassador for Byron Bay Cookies – developing new flavours to broaden their range and profile. She is also Food Director at Pearl Catering with a strong commitment to creative innovation and excellence. A love of spices and an understanding of the home cook’s need for authentically-flavoured, simple, sustaining food led Christine to develop the Christine Manfield Spice Collection range of spice pastes and condiments – widely available at retail stores throughout Australia (since 1999). An inveterate traveller, Christine continues to broaden her global interests, hosting bespoke gastronomic tours to exotic destinations including India, Africa, Bhutan, France, SE Asia, Italy, South America and Tasmania. Giving back is an integral part of Christine’s work portfolio and she lends her support to the following charities.www.christinemanfield.com
Richard Weston from Hobart's iconic Pigeon Hole Cafe with Head Chef, Alex Mullan
Richard and Belinda Weston of Weston Farm Produce acquired Pigeon Hole Café to showcase their farm's fresh produce. They use organic principles and biodynamic practices to ensure high quality sustainable farming. Pigeon Hole Café uses fresh produce grown at Weston Farm wherever possible. The café's menu is an ever evolving thing, reliant on head chef Alex Mullan's knowledge of what the farm is producing through regular visits to source food, participate in general farming activities, and to establish a real and direct connection with the land.
Paul Foreman & John X (The Chef & the Showman) Delighting garlic lovers at the 2017 Koonya Garlic festival, 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 and awe-inpsiring 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 an abalone boat, to the inaugural Flinders Island Food Fare and heading up two of Tasmania’s premier restaurant’s Restaurant Gondwana and Marque IV. Paul is currently the Executive Chef for the Kalis Group of Hotels talking care of 6 hotel kitchens. He also run ‘Paul Foreman Events and Catering’ and food truck, ‘Black Box Kitchen’ in his spare time! During his time with the Kalis Group he also presented a number of themed based degustation dinner’s, Producers Luncheons at Cable Station Restaurant in Stanley and run the Food Theatre at the Taste of the Huon under the label “The Chef and the Showman” with John X. 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 Kuravita 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 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 Pumbaa the Warthog in the Australian production of the stage musical The Lion King and also Mr Braithwaite in Billy Elliot the musical in Sydney and Melbourne. In 20009 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 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. He has also directed a number of productions and regularly broadcasts on ABC Radio. https://www.facebook.com/john.xintavelonis
Bill McHenry, McHenry Distillery
Gourmet Traveller described McHenry’s Classic Dry Gin in an Australian line-up as “far and away the prettiest, most harmonious and enchanting gin we tasted… makes an amazingly refined G&T”. In this 40 minute masterclass with Master Distiller Bill McHenry learn about gin alchemy and what goes into creating one of Tasmania's (and Australia's) most award-winning gins!
McHenry Distillery also conducts 4 hour - hands on gin workshops at the Distillery. During these workshops you become your own gin distiller using your own recipe and still! Created by Kim Dudson of Bespoke Tasmania Tours and William McHenry, workshop includes a flavour-matched lunch and 500ml, of your own fine spirit, personally labelled to take home. To find out more visit: mchenrydistillery.com.au