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February 7, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

A group of Australia’s most talented chefs are set to descend on the 2014 Marlborough Wine and Food Festival in Blenheim, New Zealand on 8 February.

Marlborough’s reputation as a world-renowned culinary destination will be beamed into Aussie homes this weekend on Australian breakfast programme Weekend TODAY. The popular breakfast TV show airs from 7.00am to 10.00am and is viewed by over 270,000 people nationally. 566520

Weekend TODAY presenter Emma Freedman will cross live with weather broadcasts every half hour from a number of locations in Marlborough including the 30thannual Marlborough Wine and Food Festival and the Queen Charlotte Track.

This year organisers are delighted to welcome a group of high-profile Australian chefs who will join in the fun and share their skills and knowledge with patrons.

In a festival first, the chefs will present a seminar in the Culinary Pavilion – ‘The inside Word from Australia’s Hottest Chefs’, which will be run by the highly acclaimed John Susman of FISHTALES, an Australian Seafood Marketing company. The seminar will allow the chefs to discuss current food trends in Sydney and Melbourne and what’s hot on the Australian food scene.

Cloudy Bay Clams will be hosting the Australian Chefs at the festival and taking them out onto the Sounds to see the Clam fishing operation first hand. The city slicker chefs will also be taken diving and fishing to provide a real Marlborough experience.

The chefs taking part in the seminar include Justin North, Colin Fassnidge, Louis Tikaram and Matt Wilkinson.

·         Kiwi-born chef Justin North is the consultant chef to Accor Hotels Pullman brand and author of three stunning books – Becasse: Inspirations and Flavours,French Lessons and Family Cooking.

·         Colin Fassnidge is a Dublin born chef famously known for his role on ‘My Kitchen Rules’. Colin is currently the chef patron of award winning Sydney Restaurants 4Fourteen and The Paddington Inn.

  • Louis Tikaram is inspired by his Fijian/Chinese heritage. He is the executive chef at Longrain Restaurant in Sydney and was voted 2013 Australian “Young Chef of the Year”. 
  • Matthew Wilkinson is co-owner of the very popular Melbourne eatery Pope Joan and produce store Hams and Bacon. Matt is a proud ambassador of the work of the Victorian Farmers’ Markets Association and is the author or ‘Mr Wilkinson’s Favourite Vegetables’. 

The event is an exclusive opportunity for festival ticket holders to get up and close with some of the most talented chefs making their claim on Australian soil.

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Marlborough Wine and Food Festival tickets are available from and i-SITE centres in Blenheim and Picton.

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