Thursday, July 26, 2012

New Winter menu at Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre

My good mate, the ever-talented Executive Chef [pictured above] at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Uwe Habermehl, has created a sensational seasonal menu for chilly months. All the dishes focus on utilising top quality produce from local, New South Wales suppliers.  From Orange, Mandagery Creek Venison is a name that particularly resonated with me.  The  owners Tim and Sophie Hansen are good friends and I’ve been able to visit and see the beautiful deer they rear which is free-range, pasture-fed as well as antibiotic, stimulant and growth hormone free. The richly coloured meat is lean with a subtle, delicate flavour.

Similarly, Uwe has cleverly incorporated many indigenous ingredients – from Wattleseed to Kangaroo – by giving them a modern twist.  Old favourites have also been given a makeover – Caramelised apple tarte tatin is paired with liquorice and white chocolate ice-cream.

The Centre take food and wine matching very seriously. Master Sommelier, William Wilson has hand-picked several stunning wines to complement Uwe’s winter menu, including the bold Hope Estate Shiraz from the Hunter Valley.
Master Sommelier William Wilson with me

The Sydney Exhibition and Convention Centre is host to a huge array of events – Motor Show, Good Food and Wine Show, gala dinners, school formals, graduations, corporate conferences – the list goes on. Such diversity offers a significant hurdle for the catering team; who must be able to switch tempos, menus and styles with alacrity. Therefore, I thought it was important for me to bring to attention the latest example of Uwe and his team’s talent – his delicious Winter seasonal menu, which I highly recommend you taste.
For more information visit the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre website.

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