Variety Of Chefs

A Sumptuous Feast For the Senses!

Date
10 Apr 2021
Time
1800-2300
Location
Mindil Beach, Gilruth Ave, Darwin City NT 0820, Australia
$190 / person

Variety of Chefs Gourmet Dinner 2021 Dished Up!

We marvelled, we feasted, we raised glasses, we bid, we laughed, we applauded, we danced and celebrated and we wouldn’t have it any other way!
2021 saw 255 guests savour some truly magnificent works of edible art from our talented Chefs and sipped on silky, crisp wines and beers from our wonderful sponsors whilst managing to help raise $26k for Variety NT kids!! This is exactly why the Variety of Chefs Gourmet Dinner is one of our most favourite events each year.
Some more exciting news is that we have released an absolutely gorgeous Variety of Chefs Cookbook with beautiful photo’s and recipes of the dishes created at VoC over the past 9 years. A beautiful addition to your collection or as a gift, this book is $30 (+ postage).
Click Here to purchase yours today!
Thanks to our chefs, volunteers, staff, The Lost & Found Band, prize donors, guests who bought a ticket, bid on items, bought a raffle ticket, MC Shalom Kaa and Aunty B for Welcome to Country, both of whom volunteered their services and of course sponsors!
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THE MENU OF DISHES THAT DELIGHTED US
(Psst! these recipes are all featured in our new cook book!)
ENTREES:
JIMMY SHU – Fish Dumplings with Thai Ginger
DANNY YEUM: Pork and Scallop Dumplings with Ginger Chilli Sauce
Paired with Velvet & Willow Riesling, Clare Valley SA, & Coopers Dry
MAINS:
KAREN DOYLE – Twice Cooked Chicken Breast with Porcini Mushroom, Panache of Vegetables and Kale Pesto
Paired with Velvet & Willow Chardonnay, Clare Valley SA & Coopers Session Ale
MARTIN BOUCHIER – Territory Bouillabaisse
Paired with Velvet & Willow Grenache. Clare Valley SA & Carlsberg Beer
DESSERT:
WILL WICKING – Berry, Pistachio and Frangipane Tarts and Gooey Triple Chocolate Brownies
Paired with Velvet & Willow Moscato, Clare Valley SA

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MORE TO LOVE ABOUT YOUR 2021 CHEFS!

ENTREE – DANNY YEUM & JIMMY SHU

Danny Yeum and Jimmy Shu are much loved internationally renowned restaurateurs who bring a fusion of Hong Kong, Thai, Nonya and Tamil dishes to the table at acclaimed Roast & Noodle 328 and iconic Hanuman.

A leading Executive Chef for more than 25 years, Danny is a strong supporter of NT produce and his reputation for a Chinatown worthy menu, has attracted dignitaries to his Galleria restaurant, Territory Taste interactive Dumpling Masterclass and San Chow Bow and Dim Sim workshops at other major events.

Jimmy arrived in Australia from Sri Lanka the day before Cyclone Tracy and fell in love with Darwin while searching for a fresh barramundi source.  He established the elegant Hanuman in 1992 and received his first chef’s hat as the only Territory recipient in the national Good Food Guide Awards 2018.

In April, SBS Television features Jimmy’s culinary guide Delicious Darwin, a celebration of our diverse influences from street markets to bush tucker, and stories from hidden foodies and respected chefs.

This ‘Dynamic Duo” will have you enthralled through entertaining commentary as they team up to create your oriental Entrée.

MAIN COURSE – CELEBRITY CHEF KAREN DOYLE & MARTIN BOUCHIER

National President of the Australian Culinary Federation, Karen Doyle is the Program Manager at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu, Sydney Culinary Arts Institute & TAFE NSW – affiliated with the pre-eminent global network of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institutes.

2018’s Excellence Awards Teacher of the Year, Karen’s three-decade career encompasses industrial Hospitality, Patisserie and Commercial Cookery and as a committed leader, mentoring young apprentices, culinary students and chefs to competition level through formal education, both here and overseas.

We are delighted to have Karen sharing her main course signature dish with you.

MARTIN BOUCHIER – Our charismatic Chef of the Year, Martin Bouchier is also President of the NT Chapter of the Australian Culinary Federation (since 2016) and counts two hats, awarded last year for chef from the influential restaurant guide, Gault et Milleau.

Passionate about produce and provenance, Martin is fifth generation hospitality industry with almost four decades of global experience, from chef patron at the first gastropub in the UK to where he is now settled as owner and Executive Chef, showcasing Cuisine Australiana at Phat Mango in Darwin’s CBD.

A previous National Chef of the Year, Martin is multilingual and committed to nurturing the next generation of global ‘pan burners’ who he mentors through training, education and competition judging

DESSERT – WILLIAM WICKING

Fourth-year apprentice William Wicking is studying the Combined Retail Baking Course at CDU and partners with our Celebrity Chef Karen, to construct your deliciously divine dessert. Darwin born and bred, William has been working in the industry since he was thirteen and as a first-year apprentice, was awarded Most Outstanding Student in Retail Baking Level One. He has a wicked passion for pastry and bakes over the top decadent delights for friends and family

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YOUR HOST FOR THE EVENING – SHALOM KAA

Your MC for the evening was the multi talented entertainer, Shalom Kaa. He sings, acts, dances and can make you laugh – a perfect fit for the VoC extraveganza!

LIVE MUSIC- Darwin born and bred original member of Johnny Diesel and the Injectors, Bernie Bremond, whips up the beats with his Lost and Found Band, so you can grind a twist and mash a hot potato on the dance floor until late.

AUCTIONEER: FRANK SCHEMBRI.

Board Member and Variety Basher with Marvel Heroes, Frank Schembri was our Master Auctioneer for the evening helping to raise $26k for the kids! Thanks Frank

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