IN­SIDER The lat­est news & re­views GREECE IS THE WORD LIAW AND OR­DER Masterchef win­ner Adam Liaw con­tin­ues to show off his culinary cre­den­tials with his lat­est cook­book. Its aim is to make Ja­panese cui­sine easy for am­a­teur cooks, with recipes in­clud­ing ter

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Delicious - BY DAN STOCK OMG Week starts to­mor­row and runs un­til Satur­day. For de­tails see omg­week.com.au

MEL­BOURNE has long spo­ken flu­ent sou­vlaki – even at 3am – but the con­tri­bu­tion of Greece to our culinary canon ex­tends fur­ther than gy­ros and chips. And Ge­orge Calom­baris is a man on a mis­sion to serve up the best of Greece.

“It’s al­ways been a dream of mine to cre­ate a week where it’s all things Hel­lenic,” the Masterchef judge and pro­lific restau­ra­teur says.

So OMG – Oh My Greek – Week was born. Last year’s hum­ble start has grown into a week-long cel­e­bra­tion of the best Greek chefs from around the world who will be in town for “culinary cre­ation and cross-col­lab­o­ra­tion”.

“It’s shap­ing up as a huge week,” Calom­baris says. “Peo­ple are em­brac­ing it. All the hard work the team has put in to pull this to­gether is pay­ing off.”

Calom­baris, who is back in Mel­bourne af­ter spend­ing a good por­tion of the north­ern sum­mer in Greece, says the food scene in Athens is in­cred­i­bly ex­cit­ing.

“It’s so cut­ting-edge. When a coun­try is on its knees, with its back against the wall, go­ing through what they’re go­ing through, that’s when cre­ativ­ity gets re­ally pushed,” he says. “I dis­cov­ered places do­ing re­ally cool stuff – things that made me go, ‘Wow, I haven’t seen that be­fore’. And not just food.”

Some of those ground­break­ers who’ll be in town in­clude Ge­or­gianna Hil­i­adaki and Nikos Rous­sos from Athens’ two Miche­lin star restau­rant, Funky Gourmet, mixol­o­gists from The Clum­sies (one of the world’s top 50 bars), young gun chef Alex Tsi­o­ti­nis from CTC restau­rant in Athens and many more.

Events over the week in­clude an An­cient Greek Feast at the Hel­lenic Mu­seum and a gala din­ner fea­tur­ing a per­for­mance by singer Michalis Hatzi­gian­nis.

There will also be a pop-up Greek eatery serv­ing food from Calom­baris’ cook­book, Greek, at Fed­er­a­tion Square from noon each day of the event.

“It’s an op­por­tu­nity to show­case Mel­bourne to the rest of the world,” Calom­baris says. “The plan is to grow the fes­ti­val ev­ery year, not just in­clud­ing chefs and mixol­o­gists, but look­ing out­side of that. To cre­ate a sym­po­sium above and be­yond just food, that cap­tures ev­ery­thing Hel­lene.”

TRAN­SIT

diner hosts Sun­day Graze from 11am where tunes and views com­bine with Asian plates washed down with Coronas and prosecco.

DAVID’S

At this Prahran fave, down dumplings to your heart’s con­tent at two all-you-can-eat yum cha sit­tings on both Satur­day ($38) and Sun­day ($40).

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