In the picturesque surrounds of the Sunshine Coast, famed for its vibrant produce, we celebrate the relationship between chef and producer, a factor becoming more important as people search for authenticity.
People have become more adventurous as food culture has become part of our daily lifestyle. The rise of dedicated food programming on television, social media and growing food tourism means that we are constantly influenced and inspired by colourful and diverse food opportunities.
The Culinary Collective is a series of events held in popular Sunshine Coast restaurants, bars and breweries, which will see local chefs collaborate with feature chefs from The Curated Plate’s festival program to create one-off menus and unique experiences.
Chase Kojima (pictured) of Sydney’s Sokyo joins the Spice Bar kitchen to create this one-off seafood extravaganza, proudly supported by Mooloolaba based Walker Seafoods, Australia’s largest wild-caught tuna and swordfish company.
The Curated Plate encourages guests to immerse themselves in the flavours foraged from organic and sustainable practices and enjoy once-in-a-lifetime dining experiences. Bookings are essential. Visit thecuratedplate.com.au
Good for you and the planet
If you are the chef of the house and looking for inspiration, The Falls Farm is at its most diverse, productive and beautiful in mid-winter.
This family farm hosts visits from southeast Queensland’s best chefs, who then return to their restaurants and create menus based on what they have experienced. “I think that’s where restaurants are going; they want to make the move to being able to ‘grow with the grower’. We also want to learn from them,” The Falls Farm’s Christine Ballinger says.
Plant-based eating is growing globally and this 24-acre Mapleton farm produces a wide array of vegetables, fruit and herbs. As part of The Curated Plate’s Destination Series in August, guests can spend a day at the farm to enjoy the extensive market and herb gardens, orchards and a tasting of the organic produce. Bookings essential – thecuratedplate.com.au.