We have a fabulous lineup of top chefs sharing their talents with you at the Cooking Demonstration Marquee
COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS – Marquee
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
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!
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
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
WINE/ BEER/ DISTILLERY APPRECIATION SESSIONS
11.45 – 12.25pm Asahi Premium Beverages
1.00 – 1.20 pm Bellevue Estate, McLaren Vale
1.45 -2.05pm 2 Wild Souls Meadery
2.30 – 3.10pm Husk Distillers
3.30 – 4.10pm The Cellar
11am-12pm Jockey Club Entrance – Kathryn Jones
1-1.45pm Rachael Beck and David Cameron
2-3.30pm The Mumblers
4-4.30pm Rachael Beck, Jed Zarb, David Cameron
4.45pm Raffle draw, Exhibitor Awards,
5-6pm Jed Zarb