Culinary icon to cook up a storm at Tasting Australia

04 March 2016

Minister Leon Bignell
Minister for Tourism

One of the most highly regarded chefs in the world, Matt Orlando, is the latest addition to the
stellar line up at this year’s Tasting Australia festival.

Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said Matt would be preparing a seasonal showcase dinner,
Natural, with Tasting Australia ambassador Jock Zonfrillo in Victoria Square.

“This is a unique opportunity to see Matt – the current owner and chef of Amass in
Copenhagen - during the eight day festival,” Mr Bignell said.

“It’s no surprise Matt wants to be here in South Australia. Our state is internationally renowned
for its premium produce – everything from seafood to wine – all produced in a natural and
clean environment.

“Matt is a massive drawcard for the festival and Natural will be a firm favourite with foodies. I
am looking forward to learning his tricks of the trade in the free public demonstration.”

Mr Bignell said 2016 would be the first time Tasting Australia would be an annual event and it
was a significant landmark for one of the country’s longest running food and wine festivals.

Matt – who started as sous chef at Noma before becoming head chef for three years at the
iconic Nordic kitchen and has worked at Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck in London and Thomas
Keller’s Per Se in New York City - said he was very excited to attend Tasting Australia.

“The ingredients and wine from this part of the world are truly inspiring,” he said.

Co-creative director Simon Bryant said the festival was building momentum.

“Chefs from all over the world have heard about the quality of produce in South Australia and
as consummate professionals they are thrilled to try and cook with the ingredients for
themselves,” Mr Bryant said.

Other guests include David Pynt – whose Singapore restaurant Burnt Ends was named
number 14 in San Pellegrino’s 50 Best Asian Restaurants this week – Anthony Myint and Chris
Kiyuna of Mission Street Food in San Francisco, authors Mark Kurlansky and Liz Carlisle and
three-time Chef of the Year Andrew McConnell.

Tasting Australia, presented by Thomas Food, will be held from May 1- 8.

Matt Orlando and Jock Zonfrillo will also be hosting a free demonstration in Town Square on
the opening May 1. The dinner, “Natural presented by Orana and Amass” is on May 4.

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