Melbourne’s Good Food Month is back this June, bringing tasty events to Victorians for 30 delicious days. This year’s festival will heavily feature one of the world’s most celebrated chefs, Marco Pierre White, who is also known as ‘the godfather of cooking.’ Joining him is a selection of exciting local talent, including Andrew McConnell, Phil Wood, Matt Stone, Paul Iskov and Joel Valvasori-Pereza.
The festival is famous for its exclusive dining experiences, showcases from up-and-coming young cooks and intimate talks from celebrity chefs. This year, the fun will be based in Good Food Month Restaurant at Canvas House – an intimate, high-ceilinged warehouse in South Melbourne.
“After last year's custom-built, pop-up restaurant in the heart of Federation Square, we are excited to evolve our program and launch our new home for the 2019 event series,” said Vanessa Cowell, Fairfax’s Director of Food Events. “Canvas House provides the perfect setting.”
This year’s program will include a selection of dinners with Marco Pierre White, who will both individually headline events, and partner with Australian chefs. Feature events include:
An Evening with Marco Pierre White, where Phil Wood (Pt Leo Estate and Laura) will recreate dishes from White’s lauded cookbook, White Heat. Osteria Marco, a relaxed evening of Italian fare created by Andreas Papadakis (Tipo 00) and Joel Valvasori-Pereza (Lulu La Delizia). Young Chefs Lunch, where Australia’s best budding chefs will present a delectable three course meal, mentored by White himself. Sunday Best with Marco Pierre White and Andrew McConnell, a chef’s version of a Sunday roast, where White and McConnell will fuse contemporary flare with traditional flavour to create a timeless, family feast.
The crowd-favourite Let’s Do Lunch series is back this year, with hatted restaurants across Melbourne opening up their doors to the public with $45 lunch specials.
"Australians love their food, and increasingly want dining to be more than a meal and a drink,” says Tamara Pidcock, Marketing and Sponsorships Manager at Citi. “Citi is so proud to partner with Good Food Month as it provides Australians with the experiential element they have been asking for.”
Foodies, chefs and home cooks around Victoria should start preparing themselves for a decadent month of fine eating and very full stomachs. With White in charge, this year’s festival looks like it will be one for the history books.
Tickets are on sale now at www.goodfoodmonth.com/melbourne