We are so lucky here in Sydney! Spring has sprung and we enjoy a perfect 25 degrees today with a light wind, and we are about to be taken on a journey, a food journey that is, for the whole month of October here and then on to Melbourne and Canberra with over 500 events planned around the city and amazing international guests like David Thompson, who introduced Thai food to Australia 20 years ago and is now returning to Sydney, Yotam Ottolenghi the king of Eastern Mediterranean flavours based in London, Alice Waters the US Chef owner of Chez Panisse in Berkeley and finallyMassino Bottura from Osteria Francescana, named #3 best restaurant in the World.
The kick off event took place at the monthly SMH Pyrmont Growers Market with Adam Liaw, MasterChef winner in 2010 and television Chef extraordinaire, as well as Movida famous Frank Camorra with restaurants in Melbourne and Sydney. Both were launching new books, and took the time to talk to their fans and sign their books for them with a smile...Votre serviteur was there first row, having booked premium seats to each event. And it was certainly worth the token money asked for attending! Here is my report:
Adam Liaw cooks an Asian Storm
We are so grateful that Adam left a career in law to pursue his passion for Asian cuisine. He is a passionate cook and is extremely knowledgeable of all Asian cuisines, including Korean, the theme for today, as well as Japanese - his wife is Japanese - and Malaysian, Chinese and Singaporean which are his heritage. He is also a natural presenter, injecting his entusiasm and personal style in his TV shows.
He prepared with some extra help Korean Grilled Pork Belly and fried noodles.You can find the recipes in his new book: Adam's Big Pot published by Hachette. Here are some photos of his demonstration:
Korean Grilled pork belly
With a little help from your friends...Joanna's husband and another SMH crew member prepare the same meal that Adam is cooking on stage for the 30 VIPs in the audience - that's me, and a few more!
Frank Camorra cooks recipes from the South of Spain
The always jovial Frank Camorra relocated with his family to Melbourne when he was five years old. It is not until 2000 that he had a chance to go back to Spain and work in a Michelin stared restaurant and moved back to Melbourne to open MoViDa in 2004, as he was so impressed with the vitality of the food scene in his birth country. He has returned many times since with Richard Cornish the food editor of The Age and Alan Benson as their photographer. Frank was presenting his latest book - Movida Solera - and cooking two recipes from it: pinchitos morunos and ensalada de remolacha. Here we are:
Pinchitos Morunos: Seville Festival Lamb Skewers
Salad of beetroot with fennel and cumin seeds
There were a lot of other BBQ events at the Pyrmont Growers Market...stay tuned for another episode!
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.
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