This weekend seemed to fly past. Even though we had a long weekend, it felt like the hours were rushing by and there was a merry-go-round of things to do. Sydney was host to the naval fleet review to celebrate 150 years of the Australian navy, the Australian Football League (AFL) grand final, we had 2 days in the Blue Mountains with a small group of friends.
Omnivore, according to its website and our MC, started in France ten years ago as a way to showcase young chefs talent. The chefs featured in these festivals are generally running their first restaurant. This year, Omnivore is touring – oh so many cities, including Sydney for the first time.
The idea behind Omnivore Masterclasses is to give us a chance to hear young chefs from different countries talk about their ideas, current menus, how they got started, the restaurant industry and food scene in their cities, and how each dish is put together. During Saturday’s Masterclass, we had chefs from Australia, New Zealand and France. The Omnivore festival also featured a pop up dinner, dinner-collaborations between Australian and international guest chefs, and a closing cocktail party (featuring the chefs’ food) which coincidentally was also a prime viewing platform for the naval fleet review fireworks. Alas, the Blue Mountains beckoned and I didn’t make it to the cocktail party.
I went into the Masterclass with high expectations and was not disappointed. By the end of the day, my notepad was filled with hasty scribbles of ideas for food and flavour combinations, bare lists of ingredients for a new recipe – perfect fodder for my experimental tendencies, and other scribbles indicating new foodstuffs to look for or restaurants to visit. Admittedly, one of those restaurants is in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris, so the visit might be a while away, but there’s nothing wrong with planning ahead, oui?
Favourite moments of the day?
– Swooning to Sven Chartier’s French accent. I want to visit his restaurant in Paris (Saturne) for culinary reasons, really!!
– Carla Jones (Four Fourteen) inviting the audience to her 30th birthday party on Sunday – after inspiring the audience with a new-found love of tongue.
– Mitch Orr (121BC) triggering the smoke alarm, and quipping “I’m not paying the fire brigade bill.” (The Maritime Museum made an official announcement asking Museum patrons not to panic. One of the funniest moment of the day.)