Sunday, November 20, 2011

Right royal cook up!




In the presence of HRH Princess Mary of Denmark at Sydney's Sofitel Wentworth hotel today to hear a discussion on the world's hottest food destination at the moment - Denmark. Copenhagen has more Michelin starred chefs/restaurants for its size than many of Europe's glittering cities.
Rasmus Kofoed is the numero uno top chef in the world according to Bocuse d'Or competition. Rasmus held bronze, silver and then cracked the big one with his amazing technique, style and creativity.
When did Denmark discover good food? In the past it has not had much polish except for a decent sandwich - but now, the entire culinary world is looking its way.
This morning, coinciding with a visit by Prince Frederick and Princess Mary and their twins, Danish food and expertise was on show at the hotel.
Matt Moran was there playing for Australia and he and Rasmus prepared two stunning dishes that a few of us had the privilege to taste. Matt - the spanner crab from Noosa was brilliant and Rasmus - that 'Very Green' dessert was one of the sexiest, silky desserts ever invented, thank you.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

France to Tuscany




Hardly time to blog - I've had a brilliant trip to New Zealand (will post later) and am now in Tuscany, about 20 minutes from Florence. We arrived (a small group familiarisation - yep, that's what they call it) at Rome airport to a sunny day then coached it north. We left behind a rainy gloomy looking Nice - but only after a few splendid days in Provence.
The 'A's' have it
Avignon and Aix-en-Provence were the spots we looked at and enjoyed.
We had a wonderful lunch in a small town at a tucked-away Michelin starred cook's Le Jardin du Quai. Chef Daniel Hebet gave us a masterclass 'demo' on creating the perfect macrons. Perfect little pink beauties.
Highlights:
* The 21/2 hour fast train trip (TVG) from Paris to Avignon
* The dinner at night in a restaurant over a thundering river - we were eating trout too
* A stroll around the walled town of Avignon checking the Pope's Palace - those crazy pope's and their indulgences!
* Lunch at an exquisite private home in Provence - set in the middle of its vineyard
* Counting the dogs being taken for a walk in Aix-en-Provence
This is just a taste - more to come later. Off to buy ingredients in Florence with the chef from the villa here. We are then going to take a cooking class - bella!
Ciao for now