Name chefs turn up heat
TASTE Port Douglas had some novel inclusions this year which pointed to the creativity and imagination being brought to the event by local restaurateurs Reina and Spencer Patrick who presented it for the third time.
Collaborative cooking events at various restaurants sat alongside the roster of cooking demonstrations and stalls in the park, celebrating food and win and the skills of more than 20 name chefs, many of whom were returning to a festival they clearly enjoy.
The show got on the road with a launch at the Sheraton Mirgage on Thursday night.
Member for Barron, Craig Crawford, representing state Tourism Minister, Kate Jones, congratulated the organisers of the festival and re-affirmed the government’s commitment to tourism, as evidenced in the backing for the festival by Tourism and Events Queensland.
Mayor Julia Leu especially commended organisers Reina and Spencer Patrick.
“What a sensational program.
“This is now the third year, and each year it just gets better and better..
“On behalf of the community I really want to thank your creativity, your amazing organisational skills - the fact that you have put together what people think is one of the most important things in Douglas: our food, our wine, our ability to organise fantastic events in such an exceptional, beautiful environment.
“Thankyou again Reina and Spencer for being in this community and doing this amazing festival for all of us.”
Steve Molnar, general manager of the Sheraton Mirage which this year was the main event sponsor, said how impressed and pleased he was and he committed the Sheraton to being main sponsor again next year.
Chefs on parade at the Sheraton Mirage, brought from all over the country
Tara Bennett, Dave Shaw and Raelene Hall
Mark Labrooy, Darren Robertson and Spencer Patrick