The Noosa International Food and Wine Festival has truly earned its international signature after announcing an unparalleled line-up of global culinary stars for their tenth anniversary event.
Ten illustrious chefs all drawn from the prestigious S.Pellegrino World's Best Restaurant List will come together to enthrall and inspire festival-goers on how to create and taste the dishes that have earned them international eminence.
The S. Pellegrino list is created from The World's Best Restaurants Academy, an influential group of over 800 international leaders in the restaurant industry, each selected for their expert opinion of the international restaurant scene.
Starring at the event will be:
Mark Best - Three hatted chef, Marque Restaurant in Sydney is world renowned and is amongst a distinguished few to achieve 19/20 in the Good Food Guide. He won Gourmet Traveller's restaurant of the year in 2012 and opened his second restaurant, Pei Modern in Melbourne earlier this year
Mauro Colagreco - from his Italo-Argentinian cultural heritage, Mauro has developed a creative style of gastronomic cuisine, folding in the best of Mediterranean cooking at his two-star Michelin restaurant Mirazur on the French Riviera.
Andre Chiang - Listed by Wallpaper Magazine as one of the worlds best young chefs and one of the "Ten restaurants in the world worth a plane ride" by the NY Times, Andre has successfully combined Mediterranean accents and French techniques to his Restaurant ANDRE in Singapore
Carlo Cracco - Italy's new generation famed hyper creative molecular gastronomer and two-star Michelin chef from Ristorante Cracco, Milan. Also received 18.5/20 from Espresso and three forks from the prestigious Gambero Rosso.
Peter Gilmore - Has received an unprecedented number of national and international awards including three chef hats from the SMH Good Food Guide for ten consecutive years. Peter has established his restaurant at the forefront of the Australian food scene at Quay, in Sydney.
David Kinch - A two-star Michelin chef with a host of accolades behind him including Chef of the Year by GQ magazine, David is at the forefront of new contemporary Californian cuisine at Manresa, Los Gatos, USA
Yoshihiro Narisawa - Highly acclaimed for his plethora of culinary innovation, Narisawa creates nature conservation related dishes at Les Creations des NARISAWA, Tokyo
Ben Shewry - Three hatted chef from Attica in Melbourne. Ben has won The Age 2012 Good Food Guide, Restaurant of the Year and more recently the 2013 Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Chef of the Year.
David Thompson - Regarded as the world's most comprehensive authority on Thai food and the name behind Bangkok and London's Nahm Restaurant
Tetsuya Wakuda - Recognised as one of Australia's most original, creative and successful culinary talents that has seen him win the inaugural SMH Good Food Guide People's Choice Award from Tetsuya's in Sydney and Waku Ghin in Singapore
Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, Jann Stuckey, welcomed the international chefs to Queensland.
"The Noosa International Food and Wine Festival continues to offer visitors to the Sunshine Coast a superior culinary experience in one of Queensland's most iconic tourism destinations," Ms Stuckey said.
"It is with great pride we welcome such an impressive selection of highly-acclaimed interstate and international chefs to Queensland for the 2013 event.
"The Newman Government is proud to support international events like this through Events Queensland as part of our goal to double annual overnight visitor expenditure to $30 billion by 2020."
The festival will offer many unique opportunities to mingle with the masters of the cooking world commencing with the spectacular 10th Anniversary Opening Night Celebration where the ten chefs will feature in a gala concert of "edible music" whilst guests eat their way through a sensory feast of gastronomic and music delights.
Their culinary talents and insights will also be put on show at a series of presentations, talks and cooking demonstrations throughout the 2013 program.
In an appropriate finale their visit will culminate at the prestigious Qantas Premier International Degustation Dinners (previously the "Best Dinner in the World") as the best epicurean flare is put on display over two nights at berardo's restaurant and bar on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th May 2013.
The globally acclaimed stars will be joined by two hundred of the world's most prominent chefs, winemakers, media and food personalities for the Noosa International Food and Wine Festival from 16-19 May 2013.
Tickets for the Festival will go on sale on 14 January 2013.
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