Adelaide really has been hitting the high notes when it comes to amazing foodie haunts and Tasting Australia presented by Thomas Foods is set to celebrate that when it hits town this May. Join Adelaide’s top MasterChef alumni and get busy being a tourist in your own town…
Follow SA’s leading food identities on a gastronomic journey as they unveil their favourites on their A Few of my Favourite Things tours…
Among your hosts in 2016 are Adam Liaw (winner MasterChef 2010), Callum Hann (runner up 2010) and Jessie Spiby (top 7 2015).
Adam, Callum and Jessie will share not only their favourite cafes, bars and restaurants but also some insider tips on what to order, where to shop and where they get their inspiration from as chefs.
Callum, who was born and bred in the Barossa, said Adelaide’s food scene had a lot to offer.
“I’ve still not found anywhere I would rather live than Adelaide,” he said.
“Adelaide has more cool cafes, bars, restaurants and festivals per capita than anywhere else I’ve travelled.
“Having amazing produce to work with is a nice bonus; Adelaide is just a great place to live.”
Callum now runs Sprout Cooking School and is involved in various philanthropic activities, but he always finds time to explore what’s new in Adelaide.
“It’s exciting… there are so many smart, interesting new businesses around Adelaide.”
Jessie has found her place honing her skills at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens Restaurant, which is of course one of her favourite spots.
“I loved Botanic Gardens Restaurant from my first meal here. The setting is so beautiful and I love that they use produce from the gardens on site,” she said.
Her impression of South Australia’s food scene centres on passion.
“There are some amazing restaurants that offer really passion driven menus using local produce,” she said.
“Some chefs are using things that no-one else wants to use, others focus on native ingredients and some use everything from their region without excuse or exception.”
Adam, who is now based in Melbourne, spent his formative years in Adelaide sampling the delicacies of Chinatown and Gouger Street. From shopping and eating to later preparing and understanding the produce, Adam’s affinity for the fare of Adelaide’s Asian-influenced quadrant remains strong even today.