In­ter­na­tional chef shuf­fling for Jock

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ADE­LAIDE chef Jock Zon­frillo has been hand­picked for a groundbreaking project in which culi­nary stars from around the globe swap restau­rants for a night.

The Restau­rant Orana owner and MasterChef guest star, above, is one of only two Aus­tralians in the line-up along­side the likes of Rene Redzepi (Noma, Den­mark), Alex Atala (DOM, Brazil), Mas­simo Bot­tura (Os­te­ria Frances­cana, Italy) and An­doni Luis Aduriz (Mu­garitz, Spain) who all have restau­rants ranked in the world’s best 10. The other Aussie chef is Ben Shewry of At­tica in Mel­bourne.

In all 37 chefs have signed up to take part in “The Grand Geli­naz Shuf­fle” in which each will cook a din­ner, si­mul­ta­ne­ously, on July 9.

They will travel to their destination, which has been selected by lottery, without sup­plies or staff, and will have three days to work with the host kitchen to pre­pare an eight-course meal.

They will even live in the home of their col­leagues as they’re work else­where.

Tick­ets for all restau­rants will go on sale on May 13 but din­ers won’t know which chef has taken over the kitchen un­til af­ter the meal.

Orana was The Ad­ver­tiser Restau­rant of the Year for 2014, recog­nised for its use of na­tive ingredients in stun­ning set-piece din­ners.

Jock, who also stars in his own Discovery TV show No­mad Chef, says he’s thrilled to take part in the project, which was de­vel­oped by French-based food writer An­drea Petrini and film pro­ducer Alexan­dra Swen­den. “Get­ting a bunch of the world’s best chefs and shuf­fling them up is a great idea,” he says. “It’s very hum­bling to be con­sid­ered to be one of those 37. And it’s good to get Ade­laide on the map gas­tro­nom­i­cally to get some of the dol­lars trav­el­ling through here, and not just Syd­ney and Mel­bourne.”

- Si­mon Wilkin­son

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