Global domination on the menu at fes­ti­val

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Food - Belinda Cipri­ano

FOOD­IES are wait­ing in an­tic­i­pa­tion of Global Gas­tron­omy at Gar­den City Shop­ping Cen­tre from Thurs­day.

The four-day food fes­ti­val cel­e­brat­ing Aus­tralia’s cul­tural di­ver­sity through food will in­clude renowned chefs Guy Grossi and Rus­sell Blaikie and for­mer Masterchef star Mar­ion Grasby, who will come to­gether to plate up cuisines from around the world.

Grossi will start the fes­ti­val with some Ital­ian flair and fare, plat­ing up authen­tic Mediter­ranean-in­spired cre­ations.

He said he was look­ing for­ward to cre­at­ing dishes from his Mel­bourne restau­rants, Grossi Florentino and Mer­chant, us­ing West Aus­tralian pro­duce.

“I’m ex­cited about get­ting back to Perth, there’s such a great vibe and peo­ple are re­ally into their food so it’s ex­cit­ing to be part of this event,” he said.

“I think peo­ple are go­ing to re­ally en­joy it.

“There are some great peo­ple in­volved so it makes for a fun and smooth event – hope­fully we will get to have a bit of play as well as work.

“Any event that pro­motes fresh

food and en­cour­ages peo­ple to source and use fresh ingredients is great for the com­mu­nity.”

Grossi, who has been keep­ing busy work­ing with his Mel­bournebased es­tab­lish­ments, has also re­cently been work­ing on the first stages of his fel­low­ship in hos­pi­tal­ity train­ing. He said his favourite dishes to cook were ones that took time and in­cluded good pro­duce. “I be­lieve in cook­ing with high qual­ity pro­duce and treat­ing it with re­spect,” he said. “It’s hard to turn poor qual­ity ingredients into some­thing great. “I like things that take time to cook, things that need to stew or braise over hours. “Don’t get me wrong, a quick pasta will al­ways have a place on my ta­ble but there’s some­thing re­ally re­ward­ing about eat­ing food that’s had time to cook and de­velop lots of flavour.” The event will also see shop­pers en­joy a taste of France care of Blaikie, while Josh Cata­lano will treat them to recipes fea­tur­ing WA seafood and Grasby will en­tice shop­pers with Asian flavours. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.gar­

Guy Grossi.

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