Brown in town to serve up seafood feast

Marlborough Express - The Saturday Express, Marlborough - - FRONT PAGE - CHLOE RANFORD

Celebrity chef and best-selling cook­book au­thor Al Brown will be the main at­trac­tion at at Feast Marl­bor­ough’s night mar­ket.

His head­line billing at the event is part of a larger move to sup­port lo­cal peo­ple, pro­duce and tal­ent through Feast Marl­bor­ough – all while hav­ing fun.

The Auck­land-based chef will be at­tend­ing Feast Marl­bor­ough for the first time and par­tic­i­pat­ing in fes­tiv­i­ties for three days and two nights.

Brown will be cook­ing up a range of sig­na­ture seafood dishes at his stall us­ing Marl­bor­ough­sourced New Zea­land king salmon.

Tempt­ing de­lights on of­fer will in­clude salmon and ap­ple sashimi served on a thin bed of oys­ter cream.

Brown said dou­ble-smoked salmon, warmed over a BBQ then gar­nished with beet­root rel­ish and a mint and basil may­on­naise, will also be on the menu.

‘‘We needed ap­proach­able meals we could pump out for Feast Marl­bor­ough at­ten­dees, so we couldn’t have any­thing that in­volved tweez­er­ing or sauce plat­ing,’’ he said.

‘‘We’re aim­ing to cook up around 300 por­tions of each dish, so that ev­ery at­tendee can have a taste.’’

Brown said he ‘‘couldn’t wait to get down’’ to Feast Marl­bor­ough, which runs from May 10-13.

‘‘I love that it al­lows you to chat to chefs and cus­tomers in an in­for­mal en­vi­ron­ment,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s a great way to en­ter­tain. I’m all about it.’’

Brown said while all of Marl­bor­ough was ‘‘a spe­cial place’’, his most fond mem­o­ries of the re­gion were from Marl­bor­ough Sounds.

‘‘I used to have amaz­ing camp­ing hol­i­days there when I was a

‘‘The Marl­bor­ough coast in it­self is amaz­ing ... it's a great place to fish for blue cod and snap­per’’

child,’’ he said.

‘‘There were al­ways great fish­ing spots and plenty of bays, rocks and cran­nies to ex­plore.

‘‘The Marl­bor­ough coast in it­self is amaz­ing. I’ve done a spot of div­ing and cook­ing there in the past, and I also know it’s a great place to fish for blue cod and snap­per.’’

De­tails of the event can be found at feast­marl­bor­ough.nz.

PHOTO: STUFF

Al Brown will be cook­ing up a range of dishes at Feast Marl­bor­ough us­ing lo­cally-sourced king salmon.

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