TASTE OF MELBOURNE – 30th November to 3rd December


Sandeep Rawata Head Chef Piquancy
Sandeep Rawata
Head Chef – Piquancy

What: Taste of Melbourne

When: Thursday 30 November to Sunday 3 December 2017

Where: Yarra Park (MCG), Wellington Parade, East Melbourne VIC 3002

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Thursday 30 November 5.30pm to 10pm

Friday 1 December 12pm to 4pm

Friday 1 December 5.30pm to 10pm

Saturday 2 December 12pm to 4pm

Saturday 2 December 5.30pm to 10pm

Sunday 3 December 12pm to 5pm

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Taste of Melbourne’s full lineup

Taste of Melbourne in partnership with Electrolux starts TODAY!  The culinary festival has a full line up including 12 showcase restaurants and 22 top chefs, set to take over the MCG’s Yarra Park from 30 November to 3 December 2017.

Participating chefs and restaurants include: Frank Camorra from iconic Melbourne tapas temple MoVida; George Calombaris from Melbourne Greek favourites The Press Club, Gazi, Hellenic Republic, Jimmy Grants; Robin Wickens from Dunkeld’s jewel The Royal Mail Hotel; and Sandeep Rawata and Janral Singh from St Kilda and Hawthorn’s sleek Indian restaurants Piquancy and Babu Ji.

Hilary Walker - Babu Ji
Hilary Walker – Babu Ji

Nelly Robinson, whose flair and creativity is the driving force behind the amazing nel. and Nathan Sasi, renowned for his nose-to-tail ethos at Moorish Spanish restaurant Mercado, are joining forces to represent Sydney in a battle of the restaurants. On their home turf in the ultimate city cook-off are globe trotting chef Charlie Carrington from the adventurous, multiculturally inspired Atlas Dining and Peter Gunn from Collingwood’s sophisticated multi-course mecca IDES.

In an Australian first, Dan Hunter from Brae, Sam Pinzone and Geoff Lindsay from Dandelion and Raymond Capaldi will create a delicious menu and limited-edition dish with a percentage of proceeds supporting the R U OK? campaign.

And in another first, participating chefs and restaurants – including Michael Smith from Mamasita, George Calombaris and Reuben Davis from The Press Club, Scott Pickett from ESP, Christy Tania from Glacé and Liz Contini from Shadowboxer – will be collaborating with cutting edge visual artists to create signature dishes and artworks in the Creative Collabs initiative.

Scott Pickett - Estelle Lamb Shoulder
Scott Pickett – Estelle
Lamb Shoulder

Completing the impressive chefs’ line-up is Matt Wilkinson from The Pie Shop who will be working with premium Barcelona beer Estrella Damm to create the ultimate gourmet steak and beer pie. The Estrella Damm Bar will also see genuine Spanish imports flow on tap, offering festival goers an ice-cold break in a gastro garden bar setting.

Matt Wilkinson - Pie Shop Photo Credit: Annika Kafcaloudis
Matt Wilkinson – Pie Shop
Photo Credit:
Annika Kafcaloudis

Guests at Taste of Melbourne can also get up close and personal with six of Australia’s star chefs and enjoy the food they present, during 18 intimate Electrolux Chefs’ Secrets masterclasses, including: Nelly Robinson from nel., Scott Pickett from Estelle by Scott Pickett (ESP); Reuben Davis, executive chef at The Press Club; Jo Barrett from Oakridge; Matt McConnell of Bar Lourinhã, and Charlie Carrington from Atlas Dining. A popular festival favourite, sessions are limited to 16 people.

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For more information on Taste of Melbourne, please visit the website

Social media

Facebook: @tasteofmelbourne

Twitter: @tastemelbourne

Instagram: @tasteofmelbourne

**Information & Images Courtesy of Agency North – Miette Lelievre

*Photographers include J. Wyld & Annika Kafcaloudis

Taste of Melbourne -Electrolux: Chefs Secrets
Taste of Melbourne -Electrolux: Chefs Secrets

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Taste of Melbourne – Tipis


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R U OK? and Taste of Melbourne Partner up for Charity Restaurant


In an Australian first, R U OK? and Taste of Melbourne in partnership with Electrolux are joining forces with celebrity chefs to launch ‘Conversation Bites’, a charity restaurant initiative to raise funds for suicide prevention and to encourage meaningful conversations – 30th November to 3rd December – YARRA PARK .

Celebrity chefs including Dan Hunter, Raymond Capaldi, Sam Pinzone and Geoff Lindsay, will combine their passion for food and suicide prevention to create a delicious ‘Conversation Bites’ menu and design a limited-edition dish for the R U OK? restaurant to share with loved ones.

A percentage of the proceeds from the restaurant will fund additional R U OK? campaigns and resources to generate more life-changing conversations.

R U OK? CEO Brendan Maher said: “Whether you’re a foodie or not, tough times can sometimes wear us down. That’s why R U OK? has teamed up with Taste of Australia, to get people together over food. Because a problem shared isa problem halved, anda great place to start is by asking “are you ok?”

“Eight people per day take their own lives in Australia. So, how do we reduce that number? We need people to talk about it – not just on R U OK? Day, but 365 days a year.

“We are really proud to launch this first charity restaurant at Taste of Melbourne, and hope to replicate across the country.”

‘Conversation Bites’ pop up restaurant and menu will be available exclusively at Taste of Melbourne, with four dishes being created by the line-up of chefs.

For more information on how to get the conversation started, visit: https://www.ruok.org.au/

Social media

Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: http://@tasteofmelbourne

Hashtags: #ElectroluxLife

**Information & Images provided courtesy of R U OK? – Lisa Minner

Sam Pinzone & Geoff Lindsay
Sam Pinzone &
Geoff Lindsay

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The final restaurant line-up for Taste of Melbourne in Partnership with Electrolux is here, and boy is it a doozy. The worlds greatest restaurant festival runs Thursday 10 Sunday 13 November at Pelican Lawn, Albert Park Lake with the hottest, latest and most critically acclaimed venues serving up sumptuous servings to thousands of guests.

New to the formation are champions of American BBQ in Melbourne, Fancy Hanks; fantastical dessert specialists, Om Nom; two hatted degustation wunderkinds, Lûmé; Melbournes premier gastronomical Grecian temple, Gazi and Peruvian street food from Marea Cevicheria presented by Pastuso.

They join previously announced and highly coveted restaurants: Hotel Jesus, Picketts Deli & Rotisserie, Cumulus Inc., Estelle Bistro, Supernormal, MoVida, The Royal Mail Hotel, Mamasita and Circa, The Prince. This years stellar line-up of 14 restaurants have an incredible eleven hats between them*. Each serve up specialty dishes inspired by the menus from their own venues, as well as exclusive, Icon Dishes that can only be procured at Taste. Each restaurant will also submit a dish in the prestigious Best in Taste Awards, with an overall winner selected by a panel of industry experts on Gala Night, Thursday 10 November.

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