We have a fabulous lineup of top chefs sharing their talents with you at the Cooking Demonstration Marquee


TIME                            PRESENTER

11.30 – 12.10 pm         Franco and Andres, Peruvian chefs from A Chef’s Pocket

12.25 – 1.05 pm          Terase Davidson – Chef and Founder of Taste Byron Bay & Simon Jones (Exec Chef, Elements of Byron)

1.50 – 2.30 pm            Sean Connolly – Chef & Culinary Director, Balcony Bar & Oyster Co

3.00 – 3.40 pm            Rahul Thacker – Head Chef Mumbai Masala


Terase Davidson – Taste Byron Bay, Founder

Simon Jones, Executive Chef at Elements of Byron

Terase Davidson, chef and founder of Taste Byron Bay is teaming up with Simon Jones, Executive Chef at Elements of Byron for this years cooking demonstration.

Simon and Terase are both passionate advocates for local farmers and producers both in Northern Rivers region and across Australia.  They are well known for creating flavour driven menus that reflect the changing seasons and showcase the diverse range of produce available.

We are absolutely thrilled to have Terase and Simon bring their collective talents together at this years Ballina Food and Wine Festival, and can’t wait to see what delicious food they bring to the cooking demonstration stage!


Sean Connolly 

One of Australia and New Zealand’s most respected and instantly recognised chefs, Sean Connolly’s wealth of experience spans the globe.

Since making the move to Sydney from his native England in 1988, Sean’s star has continued to rise. Starting with his position as executive chef at Astral restaurant in Sydney’s Star Casino, Sean keeps notching up formidable achievements.

In 2009, Sean hosted a 13 part SBS television series called My Family Feast. This was a celebration of Australia’s love affair with multicultural dining and no-fuss, family oriented entertaining. The series won an award for Best TV Show at the 2010 Australian Food Media Awards, plus the Best TV Series About Food and Wine Culture award at the World TV Food & Wine Festival, held in Paris. Sean authored a companion cookbook to the series, also called My Family Feast, which trumped international stars like Nigella Lawson to win Best Celebrity Chef Cook Book In The World at the 2011 Paris Book Fair.

In 2012, Sean opened The Morrison, a sophisticated New York-style restaurant and oyster bar in the heart of the Sydney CBD. In 2015 Sean expanded his business interests into South Australia, opening the aptly named Sean’s Kitchen in the Adelaide casino. His latest venture, The Balcony in Byron Bay, opened it’s doors early in 2016 and has already proven to be a significant player, impressing both discerning local diners and Byron Bay’s constant stream of domestic and international visitors.

For more information about Sean, visit www.seanconnolly.com.au


Franco Reverditto & Andres Soldi – A Chef’s Pocket, Le Cordon Bleu Peru

A Chef's Pocket Andres and Franco

Franco and Andres are two Peruvian chefs looking to promote their food in Australia. They have this ongoing project for almost two years and run a market stall at Ballina Farmer’s Market every Sunday besides doing pop ups and other festivals around the area with a future dream of a restaurant.

For more information about A Chef’s Pocket visit their website: www.achefspocket.com