News: Curtis Stone to Headline the 2017 Margaret River Gourmet Escape

Margaret River’s Gourmet Escape will celebrate wine like never before this November, adding an extra day to the program to celebrate the famed wine region’s 50th anniversary. The festival will showcase an appetising line-up of new events and talent, including home-grown culinary royalty, Curtis Stone. From 16-19 November, the food, produce and wine extravaganza will put the unparalleled bounties of Margaret River front and centre, with a record number of events taking place in the region. World renowned wine critic Jancis Robinson, OBE, MW (UK) will attend many wine-featured events across the weekend. Curtis (of acclaimed Maude & Gwen Restaurants, Los Angeles) will join over 50 of the world’s leading food and wine personalities, including chefs from the World’s Best Restaurants, Andre Chiang (#14 Restaurant Andre, Singapore), Alex Atala (D.O.M., Brasil), David Thompson (#28 Nahm, Thailand), Ashley Palmer-Watts (#36 Dinner by Heston, UK) and Rodolfo Guzman (#42 Borago, Chile). Asia’s Best Female Chef, May…

Peel Region wins 2017 WA’s Celebrity Signature Dish

As regular readers will know, I’ve been working with team Southern Forests during the 2017 Buy West Eat Best WA’s Celebrity Signature Dish competition. For me it’s been mostly about travel and pointing my camera at things, but for the four celebrities taking part it’s been a month long battle of identifying their produce, creating their recipes, practicing their kitchen skills and keeping up with the competitive banter. The competition concluded with a cook-off at Elizabeth Quay yesterday as part of the WA Day festival, and the winner was Mark Gibson representing the Peel region with a dish of Slow Braised Harvey Beef Shin with Roasted Sweet Potato and Pickled Vegetables. “I have discovered so much about the region during this campaign,” said Mark. “I always generally thought of the Peel in terms of coast, but the more I found out…that’s one of the reasons we selected beef as the hero ingredient, the…