Food Drink

Don’t Miss Maggie Beer In The Great Battle Of Bolognese

South Australia’s fave food gets saucy at today’s Tasting Australia…

Who can produce the best pizza and Bolognese sauce? Maggie Beer or two fierce Italian nonnas? You can find out today at Tasting Australia presented by Thomas Foods!

Taking on PISA Home Cooked Italian Meals for the title of chef-of-the-day, Tasting Australia patron Maggie will have her work cut out for her – all in a bid to support fresh, nutritious food being served in aged care facilities.

At Tasting Australia in 2014, Maggie launched the Maggie Beer Foundation that works in the field of research and advocacy for improving food in aged care settings. Maggie is passionate about changing the food experience for older Australians and creating an ‘appetite for life’ through improving nutritional standards and reigniting the enjoyment of eating with independence and choice.

Joining Maggie in that charge is chef Peter Morgan Jones, who once cooked for the British Royal Family and is now executive chef for leading aged care provider, HammondCare. Peter enjoys guiding aged care chefs in menu planning and delivery of fresh, seasonal food in aged care settings. He will be preparing recipes from his new book such as apricot puree pieces and yoghurt cubes.

The day will start with a discussion panel featuring top researchers, chefs and aged care experts, about how the community can work together to improve food offerings for elderly people.

“Food is a key lifeblood of society and it’s only fair that it should be fresh, nutritious and enjoyable for all demographics, all the while consumed in a thoughtful and sustainable way,” Tasting Australia creative director Simon Bryant said.

“Tasting Australia addresses this through the wide ranging program of events, the diversity of special guests we attract to Adelaide from around the country and the world, and through the pertinent discussion sparked in the heart of the city in Town Square.

“To have Tasting Australia patron Maggie Beer leading the charge on changing attitudes about food in aged care is a real testament is a real asset to the festival.”

International and national guests will also start to heat up the action in kitchens around Adelaide CBD on Wednesday. Paul West, star of River Cottage Australia, will pair up with fellow TV food identity, chef Sean Connolly, at Sean’s namesake restaurant, Sean’s Kitchen, for dinner. The duo will prepare a meal based on key South Australian ingredients, and bring their love for locally grown and sustainable produce to a four-course sharing menu.

Earlier in the day Anthony Myint, restaurateur and co-founder of The Perennial in San Francisco, will work with The Advertiser 2015 Chef of the Year Paul Baker at Botanic Garden Restaurant. The Perennial has attracted a lot of attention since launching earlier this year for its dedicated approach to reducing waste and creating a sustainable dining model for the future.


From 11.15am – Creating and appetite for life: Maggie Beer Foundation
12pm – Lunch In The Company Of Anthony Myint at Botanic Gardens Restaurant
12.30pm – Intergenerational choir, Town Square
1.15pm – Maggie Beer: Playing Favourites with PISA home-cooked meals: demonstration
2.30pm-3.15pm – It’s All About The Food, Not The Fork: demonstration with Peter Morgan-Jones and 2014 Tasting Australia ‘Every Dollar Counts’ winner Katie Otto
7pm – Dinner In The Company Of Paul West at Sean’s Kitchen

Town Square is open daily and offers a range of food from South Australia’s regions, a long bar featuring craft beers, cider and local wines plus many Tasting Australia partner displays, samples and giveaways.

Town Square opening hours:

Sunday 1 May – Wednesday 4 May 11am-5pm
Thursday 5 May – Saturday 7 May 11am-8pm
Sunday 8 May 10am-5pm

Entry is free

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