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Marco Pierre White for Taste Great Southern

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Star British chef to headline major food and wine festival
British chef Marco Pierre White, will headline a host of chefs making appearances at the 2018 IGA Taste Great Southern wine and food festival.

Australian audiences will remember White for his acerbic style on Channel 7s Hell's Kitchen and as a judge on Channel 10's Australian Masterchef.

Marco Pierre White, Taste Great Southern, Albany Food and Wine Show, Hell's Kitchen, Masterchef
Marco Pierre White. Image supplied.


White earned his reputation though as the youngest chef to be ever awarded three Michelin stars.

White joins a host of other well-known chefs including Chandra Yudasswara from Indonesia and former Masterchef contestant and TV cooking presenter, Justine Schofield along with Scott Brannigan, Anna Gare, Paul Iskov, Don Hancey, Sophie Budd, Kenny McHardy, Russell Blaikie, Stuart Laws and Vincent Lim.

Talent from the Great Southern region includes Amy Hamilton, Frederick Kirby, Sally Francis, Nic Lancaster, Marty Morgan, Ian Gatjens and Kade Sims.

This will be White's first visit to the Great Southern and follows on from celebrity chefs such as Miguel Maestre, Colin Fassnidge and Tobie Puttock.

On March 17, White will appear at the Albany Food and Wine Festival and attend the Fervor x Three Anchors dinner on Saturday, March 17.

Paul Iskov, executive chef from Fervor is renowned for his championing of local produce and his eight course degustation will focus on local and native Australian ingredients.

On Sunday March 18, people in The Great Southern might spot Marco Pierre White visiting the region's attractions or dining at some of the local restaurants.

Albany Food and Wine Festival, Marco Pierre White, Great Southern
The 2017 Albany Food and Wine Festival. Image supplied.


Around 40 events in Albany, Denmark, Mount Barker, Porongurup, Frankland River, Katanning and Kojonup will be held as part of Taste Great Southern, which runs from March 8 to 25, 2018.

WA Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said the event organisers were to be congratulated for securing White to appear at the festival.

He said White was one of the biggest culinary names in the world and it was a massive coup to have him appear at Taste Great Southern.

The Minister said events, such as Taste Great Southern were crucial in helping showcase the State's amazing food and wine regions and encouraging tourism.

Long table lunch, Taste Great Southern, Marco Pierre White, Paul Papalia, Alannah MacTiernan
A host of different food and wine events are held during Taste Great Southern. Image supplied.


Mr Papalia's comments were backed up by Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan who said WA's growing reputation for having fresh produce, premium wines and high quality boutique beverages "makes us a foodie's paradise".

Being able to encourage great chefs to the region to celebrate fine wine and food, craft beers, spirits, local produce and crafts, along with cooking demonstrations and wine seminar sessions, helps promote tourism to the Great Southern.

Marco Pierre White became Head Chef and joint owner of Harveys in London when he was just 24 years old and his kitchen staff included a young Gordon Ramsay.

By the age of 33, he had been awarded three Michelin stars.

White's training began in the kitchen at the Hotel St George in North Yorkshire and the Box Tree in West Yorkshire.

Along the way his team included Gordon Ramsay, Eric Chavot (The Capital), Heston Blumenthal (The Fat Duck), Bryn Williams (Odette's), Matt Tebbutt (The Foxhunter), Robert Reid, Thierry Busset, Jason Atherton, James Stocks and in front of house Max (Mark) Palmer, one of the few English Maître d' of a Michelin three-star, Claude Douart, Philippe Messy (youngest sommelier to gain three Michelin stars) and Chris Jones, unusual in being an English sommelier in a two-star Michelin French restaurant at the age of 21.

For more information about Taste Great Southern visit www.tastegreatsouthern.com.au/ on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TasteGreatSouthern/ on Twitter at https://twitter.com/tastegreatsouth and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/tastegreatsouthern/

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Why? Meet star British chef Marco Pierre White and enjoy food and wine at 40 different events around The Great Southern.
When: 11.30am - 5.30pm
Phone: 08 9228 9166
Where: Eyre Park, Albany WA
Cost: $16 pre-purchase, $20 at the gate
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