Regional Flavours presented by The Courier-Mail returns to South Bank this month with a cast of celebrity chefs for its eleventh year of food, glorious food. The weekend-long celebration kicks off on Saturday, 20 July with a variety of the Main Stage live cooking demonstrations lead by the best in the business. Without further ado, here’s the official line-up that is sure to (literally) whet your appetite…
George Calombaris, Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston
The boys are back in town! The team at eatSouthBank are long-time MasterChef Australia fans and we cannot wait to welcome all three judges back to South Bank. George will be transporting us to Greece demonstrating the art of Hellenic cooking, and we are secretly hoping whatever he whips up involves a decent amount of halloumi (we know you are with us on this, Brisbane!) Inspired by super simple but seriously scrumptious Redlands Coast produce, Gary will turn up the heat with a live cooking demo of seafood dishes that can be enjoyed any night of the week. Last but definitely not least, Matt Preston and his signature cravat will be in attendance to challenge the way we cook each week. Not content with preparing one meal for us, Matt will be cooking three different dumpling recipes from Holland, Italy and Korea featuring our all-time favourite produce: Queensland pumpkin.
Our favourite face from Network 10’s Everyday Gourmet and cooking and travel series: Justine’s Flavours of Fiji and Outback Gourmet is taking the stage Sunday, July 21! Not satisfied with just being a culinary TV Queen, Justine Schofield has recently published her third cook book this year: The Weeknight Cookbook. Join her as she shows time-poor families how to add flair to weeknight dinners, featuring a light-as-air spinach and ricotta gnudi and creamy yoghurt panna cotta.
Make sure you save room for dessert, because Reynold Poernomo will be in the house! Reynold was inducted into the Masterchef Australia hall of fame in 2015 as the ‘Dessert King,’ with Reynold’s expertise laying in the art of creating mouth-watering and insta-worthy desserts. Since his MasterChef days, Reynold has opened the renowned KOI Dessert Bar and Dining and will be sharing his dessert tricks-of-the-trade on the Main Stage, demonstrating a Queensland mango mousse, tart yuzu curd and a chocolate curl.
All hail the plant-based Queen! Ellie is a qualified dietitian and nutritionist, who has used her immense knowledge and social media following to pack-a-punch in the foodie scene– and she is here this year to share her wholesome knowledge! Her down to earth, health conscious approach will shine through as she takes the stage on Saturday, 20 July to teach us how to cook winter ramen and dark chocolate and macadamia miso caramel cups.
A chef, published author, café owner and TV host (to name a few), you’re sure to recognise Dan Churchill! Dan is set to launch his olive oil line, podcast and production company this year, so we’re thrilled to see him clear his schedule for the Main Stage at 1:45pm, Sunday July 21. Spare yourself an eternity of washing up, as Dan divulges how to feed the entire family from a one-pan roast chicken to corn fritters without dirtying every pot, pan and utensil in the kitchen.
Poh Ling Yeow
Poh’s food career began in 2009 during the first season of MasterChef Australia. She has since hosted three of her own cooking shows, authored three cookbooks and established Jamface, her very own cafe in Adelaide. If that isn’t enough, Poh somehow finds time to pursue a third career as a visual artist, painting and exhibiting professionally throughout Australia and overseas. Head to the Regional Flavours Main Stage on Sunday afternoon at 3pm, where she will be demonstrating how to cook her favourite Malaysian prawn and pineapple curry using fresh Queensland pineapple flesh.