Food & Drink

Chuck On The Apron With Massimo Bottura For MFWF, Online Edition

By Rick Stephens
20th May 2020

One of the world's most renowned chefs, Massimo Bottura, smiling contently at the camera.

After the original event that was due to take place in March was postponed, the team at Melbourne Food and Wine Festival has curated the ultimate digital alternative. Block out your calendars from Monday 25th to Saturday 30th May and stock up your pantry, because this series of events will be bringing you a week of talks, tours, demonstrations, theatre and trivia online. 

“We’re not for a moment making light of the seriousness of this pandemic,” says Food + Wine Victoria CEO Anthea Loucas Bosha. 

“Our aim with this virtual festival is to highlight the capacity that hospitality has in Victoria and around the world to bring us closer, even when we can’t get together in the same room."

Get the inside scoop with an exclusive tour of the unique kitchen gardens at Brae from chef Dan Hunter, have a peek behind the scenes at everyone’s favourite bakery, Lune Croissanterie, with founder Kate Reid or take a virtual flight over to London with Black Axe Mangal’s Lee Tiernan. 

The prestigious line up of international and Melbourian guests includes Baker Bleu’s Mike Russell answering all of your yeast quandaries, and well as vegan-queen, author, as well as the owner and head chef of Smith and Daughters and Smith and Deli, Shannon Martinez, bringing you the ultimate at-home hacks for plant-based snacks. 

Amongst the quality guests is Italian restaurateur Massimo Bottura, chef patron of three-Michelin-star restaurant, Osteria Francescana. Bottura will bless our screens with his wisdom on fine-tuning your lasagne, which has become a true Aussie staple over the past few weeks of lockdown.

If you’re lucky enough to be based within Melbourne, you can physically get in on the action with deliveries available for special dishes, deals and menus from the city’s top chefs direct to your door to share with your loved ones or enjoy all to yourself. Whether you prefer being in the kitchen or just the eating and drinking part, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is bringing it all straight to your phone or to your desktop, giving you a taste of the Melbourne’s consumable culture in your own home.

See what else is happening in Melbourne's hospitality scene at our Food & Drink section.

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