Region wins raves

fine food is on the rise
fine food is on the rise

The duo was in town to promote the three-day food and wine event, which highlighted the produce of the region and included more than 30 international and Australian food and wine personalities.

Blumenthal, whose restaurant The Fat Duck has punters paying $525 to dine at Crown Melbourne, said WA was one of the best places to find produce, including truffles, seafood and wine.

‘At the ‘Duck’, we bought more truffles from Western Australia this year than we did in Peregrine, France,’ he said. ‘They’re better and more consistent.

‘The wine estates as a whole, ranging from Vasse Felix to Cullen, are fantastic.’

Having first travelled to Australia in 2003, Blumenthal said he had noticed a few changes in the food culture, including the coffee boom, but was not surprised at how far West Australians has come.

‘I’ve been coming here since 2003 and from a UK point of view, Australia has been going through a wine and food boom for several years,’ he said. ‘But when I made the (Fat Duck) announcement, people were saying ‘why are you going all the way to Australia, it seems a long way to go?’.

‘They actually don’t realise the breadth of quality of the produce is amazing and the coffee culture here is so big.’

Gilmore, owner of Sydney restaurant Quay, said the event was a unique and great one for the visiting chefs.

‘The good thing about this event is the organisers really make sure the chefs enjoy themselves and we get to see the region,’ he said.

Blumenthal and Gilmore took part in a range of events including the free Siemens Chef’s Theatre and ticketed dinners and brunches.

The event will be back next year after the State Government committed to funding it until at least 2017.