CHEFS STEP UP TO THE PLATE
AS Cyclone Olwyn tore through Carnarvon last month, South Perth’s Incontro chef Peter Manifis was eating his breakfast.
“I said to my family ‘We have to do something’ because I have close farmer friends in Carnarvon who have been sorting me out for years,” he said.
He has teamed with fellow chef Don Hancey to coordinate Chefs for the Gascoyne to raise money for producers affected by the cyclone.
The duo has already secured Anna Gare, Justin Bell, Stuart Laws, Adam Bielawski, Sophie Budd, Brendan Pratt and Vince Garreffa for the sundowner on Sunday, April 19, from 4pm but is confident of having more than 25 chefs creating their own delicacies on the day.
More than 40 WA businesses and farmers have already donated goods for the event.
“It’s really just people caring about fellow foodies,” Mr Hancey said.
The WA Food Ambassador will prepare pork loin sliders and lobster bisque with single malt whiskey cream, while Mr Manifis will offer a goat tagine among other dishes.
Each chef will have a food station and there will be savoury, sweet and vegetarian options available, as well as beverage stalls.
Mr Manifis said they hoped to raise $70,000 for the Gascoyne Food Council (GFC).
GFC executive officer Alex Maslen said the money would be used to market Carnarvon produce when it was back in the market.
“We’ll be a month out from the season starting so we’re hoping at the end of May we’ll be back in the market place with our winter produce like tomatoes, eggplant, capsicum, zucchini, beans, corn, pumpkin, strawberries, orange and grapefruit,” she said.
“One of the farmers said to me the other day ‘The growers aren’t growing for themselves, they’re growing for the consumers’, so it would be great for everyone to support this event.”
Mr Manifis said over the years he had realised how important the farmer chef relationship was.
“We’ve been on to it for years but more chefs are learning it’s the way to go,” he said.