Kelly Noble and Paul Wood from Glam Adelaide took an extra special guest out for some not so traditional pub fare while he was in town for the Tasting Australia event this week.
The Highway Hotel hosted the intimate dinner for Celebrity Chef Manu Feildel and his Sous Chef Alban Badet. The group tasted everything from fried lamb brains, to the Highway’s deliciously comical Ben Hur share sunday. Also on the Menu was a spectacular duck confit pappardelle and rabbit rillettes with truffled tarts, all washed down with some fine South Australian Red Wines.
If you don’t know Manu from his appearances on Ready Steady Cook, you will almost certainly recognise him from Channel Seven’s My Kitchen Rules where he ate his way across Australia, tasting the good, the bad, and the overcooked.
Manu was particularly impressed with the service staff at the Highway and spent the night entertaining the table along with the rest of the dining bistro with his clowning antics and suggestive humour.
Alban Badet, formerly Sous Chef at Manu’s restaurant L’Etoile in Sydney is currently touring as his onstage right hand man and is also assisting Manu write his first cookbook, which is due for release early 2011.
While in Adelaide Manu joined in the Tasting Australia event, cooking at the Meile headquarters and hosting a special dinner event at Locavore in Stirling in the Adelaide Hills, where he paired regionally sourced produce with Adelaide Hills wines from boutique producers.
Manu is now working on a number of projects including the next season of My Kitchen Rules for Channel Seven and the Lifestyle FOOD channel’s Boys Weekend. He is also in the early stages of filming a new show where he will scour the country in search of the best food with French influences and regional delights. Who knows, he may just stop back in at the Highway for some more gourmet pub fare.
Check out the Highway Hotel website and Menus here www.thehighway.com.au