COPEN­HAGEN World is chefs’ oys­ter

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - NUI TE KOHA

WORLD CHEWER: MasterChef judges Matt Pre­ston, Ge­orge Calom­baris and Gary Me­hi­gan have taken a boys’ foodie trip around the world. MASTERCHEF stars Ge­orge Calom­baris, Matt Pre­ston and Gary Me­hi­gan have treated them­selves to a glo­be­trot­ting tour of the world’s best restau­rants to cel­e­brate 10 years on the small screen.

The trio took a boys’ trip to culinary hot-spots Barcelona, Naples, Copen­hagen, Chi- cago and Lima to toast fine food and friend­ship.

Calom­baris said: “You hear about boys’ trip or girls’ trips away. We wanted to treat our­selves af­ter 10 amaz­ing years on MasterChef.

“I’m sure some would loved to have filmed it … but we never wanted it to be that. It was a sim­ple cel­e­bra­tion, three mates hang­ing out do­ing some­thing we love, which is eat food, talk about food and im­merse our­selves in food.”

The first stop was Barcelona’s ac­claimed Dis­fru­tar.

“Ev­ery­thing we ate there had us bang­ing our heads against the wall,” Pre­ston said.

From Spain, they jet­ted to Naples for pizza, then Copen­hagen to the Miche­lin-starred Gera­nium and Noma.

Chicago’s Alinea was on Calom­baris’s bucket list.

“I dreamed about be­ing able to af­ford to eat at Alinea,” he said. “I ticked that one off the bucket list.”

Lima was the group’s last stop, with two restau­rants in­side the world’s top 10, but Pre­ston added: “We found some ex­cel­lent ce­viche at a great seafood shack.”

Pre­ston said they had been plan­ning the trip for a while.

“It had to be some­thing re­ally spe­cial and im­por­tant to block off a pe­riod from every other de­mand,” he said. “The other thing was get­ting ap­proval from our part­ners to dis­ap­pear … but they know what wankers we can be when we’re break­ing down the en­tree, main and dessert.”

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