Tassie paddock to French plate – legendary French chef Alain Passard woos diners at Peacock and Jones

Not many in rural Tasmania dine in 3-star Michelin style very often, but we had the chance to do so last week, when legendary chef Alain Passard visited our island and created three spectacular dining events, at Josef Chromy Winery, Peacock and Jones Hobart, and Drysdale, the restaurant of TasTAFE in Launceston. In these celebrity … More Tassie paddock to French plate – legendary French chef Alain Passard woos diners at Peacock and Jones

Sticked and mounted. Polo training at The Creech

My only source of knowledge about polo, prior to visiting The Creech in Tasmania, is the Jilly Cooper novels I’ve read. The impression I have from those is that people who play polo are usually Argentinian, born into landed gentry, or live in the English Cotswolds. I’m not qualified to play in any sense, then. But … More Sticked and mounted. Polo training at The Creech

Passard’s chefs cook up a storm with Launceston’s TAFE students

It has begun, the biggest week for students on TAFE hospitality courses in Launceston. Under the captaincy of one of the world’s best chefs Alain Passard, they are prepping lunch for eighty at Josef Chromy Winery, and a fifteen course degustation for one hundred and twenty diners at the college’s restaurant. Monsieur Passard had gone … More Passard’s chefs cook up a storm with Launceston’s TAFE students

The legendary Alain Passard comes to Tasmania for the Great Chefs Series

Alain Passard is packing his suitcase. In a tiny Parisian apartment above his exquisite restaurant L’Arpege, and at a chateaux in Brittany, he is placing an array of fine garments into a Samsonite Cosmolite, and slipping a bottle of Eau Sauvage into his soap bag, because French men smell wonderful and he will be representing … More The legendary Alain Passard comes to Tasmania for the Great Chefs Series

Sam’s triumphant return to the Tamar, at Iron Pot Bay’s cellar door

We’re loyal to good chefs in the West Tamar, to the point where we track them down if they move. A case in point is Sam Adamson, who ran Ilk on Rosevears Drive for what seemed like the blink of an eye but was certainly too short a time. Imagine our delight when we heard … More Sam’s triumphant return to the Tamar, at Iron Pot Bay’s cellar door

Tasmania punching above its weight – restaurant critic for the Australian, John Lethlean, reviews Launceston

It’s not often that Tasmania makes the pages of our national newspaper for all the right reasons. But restaurant critic John Lethlean’s article in yesterday’s Australian, featuring Launceston’s Great Chefs Series, hit the mark and probably put the jam in the sandwich for many a proud operator in the food supply chain of northern Tasmania. … More Tasmania punching above its weight – restaurant critic for the Australian, John Lethlean, reviews Launceston

No egos allowed. World’s Best Female Chef, Dominique Crenn, comes to Tasmania

What better way to celebrate International Women’s Day than by raising a glass of breakfast orange juice to the woman named World’s Best Female Chef, Dominique Crenn? Born and raised in France – lucky her – Ms Crenn has lived in San Francisco since the early nineties – lucky her again – where she worked … More No egos allowed. World’s Best Female Chef, Dominique Crenn, comes to Tasmania

Dinner with John T Bailey – produce courtesy of north-east Tasmania

I’d love to have dinner with John T Bailey, really I would. He’s a man from the north of England, where I’m from, and they’re some of my favourite blokes. Hard working, straight talking, with an accent that takes me right back to the top deck of the school bus. But that’s another story. Given … More Dinner with John T Bailey – produce courtesy of north-east Tasmania

Avocado Moon Brew shares the love – as kombucha comes to Tasmania

Every so often a food comes along that you’ve never heard of and suddenly it’s everywhere. What the hell is that, you ask on first encountering it? What is miso, apart from something that Gwyneth Paltro likes? What is kimchi, apart from a sound you make when you sneeze? What is kombucha, you’re asking one … More Avocado Moon Brew shares the love – as kombucha comes to Tasmania