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Remember when chefs were anonymous back-room people with silly hats, toiling tirelessly over a hot stove? Well those days are long gone. Look out Brisbane - the Gary, George, Manu, Matt and Tobie extravaganza, otherwise known as the Good Food and Wine Show, is coming to town from 4 to 6 November.
While these guys need no introduction to the foodie faithful, for those of you who live under a culinary rock I should probably explain. Master Chef duo Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris are two of the hottest celebrity chefs on the planet, followed closely by their partners in cuisine, Matt Moran, Tobie Puttock and moonlighting dancer, Manu Fieldel.
There's more than a baker's dozen of highlights at this year's show, but here's an entree-sized helping to get you primed for the main course.
At the Fisher and Paykel Celebrity Theatre you can watch these kings of the kitchen slice, dice, blend, whisk and simmer, and pick up some of the tricks of the trade. These shows will be part demonstration, part comedy, part lecture and all taste and entertainment. The Celebrity Theatre schedule is available here.
George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan - image from Good food and Wine show website.
At the Riedel Decanter Bar some of Australia's best sommeliers will provide educational tastebud tours of the wines you love including bubbles, BBQ plonk and shiraz. Your $75 ticket provides $120 worth of value including entry to the show, your Decanter session, a boxed wine glass, a bottle of wine and a copy of Gourmet Traveller Wine. Now that's what I call a BARgain.
At the CheeseMatters classes participants will discover the "language of cheese" and learn how to match cheese with wine and beer - all for only $35 including accompaniments and course materials.
The Sunbeam Academy will take you back to school with classes in Cupcake Decorating ($35 for a 45 minute class) and Home Barista Skills ($30 for a 30 minute class).
Sunbeam Academy - image from Good Food & Wine Show website.
The Good Food and Wine Show isn't all about cookery displays. 60 stalls will be part of the Celebrate the Taste of Queensland Pavilion. The Queensland State Government and some Regional Councils are involved with producers to showcase the best of Queensland food and wine following the natural disasters of January 2011. Many exhibitors will also be in attendance with their wine and food related wares. Find out about all the new products that are debuting at this year's show here. Ones that caught my eye include White Chilli and Cranberry Chocolate Coffee Beans and bright pink kegs of Innocent Bystander Moscato on Tap.
And if you think the lineup of talent is looking decided blokey, you'll be pleased to know that there are also some girls who just wanna have some foodie fun. An exciting development for this year's show is the Oxford Landing Estates Restaurant. Here you can sample from the exclusive menus designed by former Master Chef favourites, Marion Grasby and Poh Ling Yeow. Each menu item is complemented by a glass of Oxford Landing Estates wine.
Oxfod Landing Estates Restaurant - image from Good Food and Wine Show website.
Entry to the Show costs $21.50 for adults with discounts for seniors and juniors, and tickets to particular events and sessions range from $12 to $75. To purchase tickets and find out all ticketing information visit Ticketek here. One you've paid your entrance fee many events and sessions are free, but will usually need to be booked because places fill fast. Free events include the Barilla Pasta Class, Riedel Wine Theatre, and Nespresso Journey Through Coffee.