The News Feed: Rockpool’s milestone, Hobart’s hottest new restaurant, international festival stars

By
Claire Davie
Added
03 October, 2014

Our food correspondent Claire Davie has the dish on what's happening right now in food.

25 years of Rockpool

A quarter of a century is no small feat in terms of Australian dining longevity. Last weekend in Sydney Neil Perry celebrated the 25 year anniversary of Rockpool in style, hosting a celebration bash for 200 people at the Bridge Street heritage site that has been the home of the restaurant since its move late last year from its original George Street location. While Perry’s planned opening of Spice Temple in Dubai has been cancelled, the Rockpool Group’s plans of opening a burger bar concept in Sydney’s World Square this month are going full steam ahead.

Moyle’s new venue in Hobart

The new opening making noise in Hobart is Franklin, a bar/restaurant in the building that once housed the Mercury newspaper. The reason for the excitement is that the man in charge is David Moyle (pictured above), former chef at what was one of Tasmania’s finest restaurants, The Stackings in Peppermint Bay. At Franklin, Moyle has commissioned a wood-fired Scotch oven and the plan is to showcase Tasmanian seafood, with an emphasis on the unusual. The bar section is now open, with the restaurant section opening later this month.

Springtime festival news

Spring means food festivals are kicking off across Australia, with the start of the Good Food Month festival in Sydney and Canberra for the month of October, and this week’s release of the festival’s Melbourne program (held in November). As previously mentioned in this column, Yotam Ottolenghi is an international guest of the festival, and this week it was announced that the Israeli chef/author will make an additional side trip to Brisbane, hosting an event on the 30th of October at Gerard’s Bistro. Another notable international guest at Good Food Month will be Alice Waters, chef, author and proprietor of California’s beloved Chez Panisse.

Yotam Ottolenghi

And in Western Australia, events are selling out for the Margaret River Gourmet Escape, held in late November. The three-day festival boasts an impressive international line-up, including Heston Blumenthal, Rick Stein and Massimo Bottura. Highlights will include a Gourmet Food Trivia Night hosted by Matt Preston and UK restaurant critic A.A Gill, and a forest feast cooked over an open coal fire pit by Ben Milgate and Elvis Abrahanowicz from Sydney’s Porteño.

Claire Davie writes the blog Melbourne Gastronome. She tweets @melbgastronome and her favourite thing to cook right now is Martin Boetz’s Seared salmon salad with a roasted shallot and chilli dressing.

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