Superstar chefs to headline Gourmet Escape

David Chang. Photo: Andrew Bezek
David Chang. Photo: Andrew Bezek

SUPERSTAR celebrity chefs David Chang and Marco Pierre White will headline this year’s Gourmet Escape, as organisers revealed an expanded festival will take place over three WA regions.

Gourmands will head to the Swan Valley, Perth city, and Margaret River as part of a 10-day festival featuring chefs and culinary stars from across the globe.

While Chang and Pierre White will lead the line-up, Danny Bowien, Amanda Cohen, Pierre Koffmann, Carlo Cracco, Garima Arora, Ivan Brehm and Selassie Atadika are also expected to draw the crowds.

Gourmet Escape will head to the Swan Valley. Picture: Supplied


Chefs and wine experts will be welcomed to the annual event by Alla Wolf-Tasker AM, Jock Zonfrillo, and Josh Niland.

Organisers said the newly-expanded festival would offer guests a diverse program of more than 50 events.

The adventure will begin in the Swan Valley, where food, music and family-friendly entertainment are on the menu, followed by exclusive collaborations with visiting chefs in some of Perth’s best restaurants.

Foodies will then head down south to Margaret River to celebrate the world-class wine and produce the South West is famous for.

Expect events ranging from fine dining with Michelin stars, to casual new wave wine tastings and wholesome family-friendly days out.

The newly-expanded Gourmet Escape will offer guests a diverse program of more than 50 events.

Pierre White, who last attended the festival in 2015, will take part in a one-off collaboration dinner at Sittella Winery in the Swan Valley, as well as making appearances at the family-friendly festival in the Swan Valley, Gourmet Feast in the Valley.

“Gourmet Escape without question is the greatest food event on earth,” Pierre White said.

“It puts a spotlight on this region. Look at the soil, feel the sand, that’s why everything grows so beautifully.

“Chefs from every single corner of the world come here. It’s life changing because you’re being exposed to something that you’ve never been exposed to before. It’s as simple as that.”

Foodies will flock to Gourmet Escape in WA. Picture: Supplied
Visiting chefs will head to some of Perth’s best restaurants. Picture: Supplied

Gourmet Escape event director Katrina King said: “For the past seven years, Gourmet Escape has positioned the Margaret River wine region on the global culinary map and this year is expanding to include more WA food and wine hot spots.

“In 2019 we’re extremely proud to offer the most diverse program yet, showcasing so many global cuisines and experiences in some of Western Australia’s most stunning and unique food and wine locations,” she added.

Tickets go on sale on July 18. For full event details visit