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Heston Blumenthal confirmed to attend Restaurant Australia gala dinner

11 November 2014

Tourism Australia has today (Tuesday 11 November) confirmed that one of the world's greatest gastronomic talents Heston Blumenthal is to attend its Restaurant Australia gala dinner in Tasmania, joining a culinary who's who of more than 80 of the world's most influential international food and wine writers, broadcasters, celebrity chefs, critics, reviewers, and bloggers.

Mr Blumenthal is a late addition to the already-announced guest list for the sumptuous dinner being prepared by Neil Perry AM, Peter Gilmore and Ben Shewry.

In addition to Heston, Tourism Australia also confirmed a number of leading Australian food and wine figures who will also be attending its gala dinner at MONA. They include Matt Moran, Maggie Beer, Stephanie Alexander, Matt Preston, George Calombaris, Gary Mehigan, Jock Zonfrillo and Mark Olive.

Tourism Australia Managing Director, John O'Sullivan, said securing somebody of Heston's international standing was the 'icing on the cake' on a guest list which already included more than 80 of the world's most influential food and wine figures.

"We're extremely excited to have Heston as our guest at MONA on November 14 as part of a dining experience I think must surely be unique. At the heart of our Restaurant Australia campaign, and where our country excels, is exactly the fresh produce, people and place which Heston, his restaurants and style of cooking epitomises. More so, food lovers will soon be able to enjoy this here in Australia when he brings his award-winning The Fat Duck restaurant to Melbourne early next year," he said.

Mr Blumenthal said he was used to receiving impressive dinner invitations, but never before for a meal involving so many global food and wine luminaries – both as fellow dining guests and the world class chefs and their teams working in the kitchen, preparing the meal.

"As a regular visitor and huge fan of Australia, Tasmania and MONA I must say I can't wait to take my place at this dinner. To share the room with so many knowledgeable international food and wine people and to be served up dinner by three of the country's most respected and talented chefs, is a culinary experience I just couldn't miss and am hugely looking forward to," he said.

As part of broader support for Tourism Australia's food and wine campaign, Mr Blumenthal will feature in a documentary Tourism Australia is currently filming, featuring some of the Australian and international chefs who have been closely involved in the Restaurant Australia campaign.

Last month, Tourism Australia unveiled a list of more than 80 international food and wine VIPS who will be attending the gala dinner, taking place on 14 November at MONA in Tasmania. The group of gastronomic VIPs come from 16 of Tourism Australia's key markets and includes:

  • Alice Waters, Chef, Author, Proprietor - USA
  • Eric Ripert, Award-winning Chef, Restaurateur, Author and TV Personality - USA
  • Adrian Anthony Gill, TV and Restaurant Critic, Author - UK
  • Sanjeev Kapoor, Celebrity Chef, Restaurateur, TV Presenter – India
  • Yifan Liu, Celebrity Chef, TV Show host – China
  • Sherson Lian, Celebrity Chef and Host – Malaysia
  • Lorenzo Cogo, Chef - Italy

Tourism Australia's ‘Invite the World to Dinner' event takes place on Friday 14 November at MONA in Tasmania – recently recognised by the Lonely Planet as one of the top 10 ‘must visit' regions for 2015.

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