Chef chat at Curated Plate

Stacey Conner, head chef Humble on Duke

The Curated Plate Food and Drink Festival is not only inviting foodies to taste their way around the Sunshine Coast, but also to uncover the secrets behind some of the chefs who are shaping the region’s distinctive cuisine.

During the 10-day festival from 26 July Chefs in Conversation will be staged on Saturday 27 July, from 2–6pm at the new Maroochydore rooftop venue Altitude Nine where celebrity cook Hayden Quinn (Taste of Australia and MasterChef) will gently roast four of the Sunshine Coast’s most talented chefs in an entertaining panel discussion.

The chefs are former head chef of Alba, television presenter and author Peter Kuruvita, head chef of Spirit House Tom Hitchcock, executive chef/partner of Mapleton Public House Cameron Matthews and head chef / owner of Humble on Duke Stacey Conner.

Of course, Chefs in Conversation won’t be a menu of just talk, the proof will be in the eating and drinking of local produce.

Upon arrival at Chefs in Conversation, guests will enjoy a welcome drink from local First Nations gin company, Beachtree Distilling Co, the drink will be bursting with Australian native botanicals and made with certified organically grown sugar cane.

After the panel discussion, guests will indulge in a curated menu of locally produced canapes including locally sourced lamb fillet on parmesan shortbread with salsa verde, Mooloolaba prawn Caesar salad en croute, jerk spiced chicken skewers with coriander Kenilworth yoghurt and Hum Honey glazed fig, goats’ cheese, walnut biscuit.

Tickets for the event are $59pp, all inclusive.

The Curated Plate is a delicious celebration of the Sunshine Coast’s local produce, producers and chefs, and unique natural assets from the coast to the hinterland. The program is developed through collaboration between local producers, suppliers and businesses who come together to tell their stories not only through food but experiences. The festival runs over 10 days from 26 July to 4 July and comprising more than 90 tasty events.

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