Name chefs turn up heat

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Shane Ni­chols

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.

Pic­tures: SHANE NI­CHOLS

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

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