Nigella met up with Stephanie Alexander the Australian cook, restaurateur and food writer and Michelin starred Elena Arzak. The three accomplished women sampled locally grown fresh produce as part of the Melbourne Food & wine Festival.
Update: Here’s a brief video from the event. (Might take a whie to load, but persist!)
Three kitchen goddesses raise a glass in celebration of Victoria’s fresh produce
Bottoms up: Stephanie Alexander, NIgella Lawson and Elena Arzak toast local heritage tomatoes, olive oil and crusty bread as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. Photo: Simon O’Dwyer
MELBOURNE culinary institution Stephanie Alexander introduced British kitchen goddess Nigella Lawson and three Michelin star-rated Basque chef Elena Arzak to the delights of Victorian produce this weekend at the Langham hotel on Southbank.
The Basques are renowned for their tapas, known as pintxos or ”spikes”, and Arzak’s restaurant features an investigative unit where a team of culinary alchemists plunder a ”flavour bank” storing more than 1000 products and ingredients to strike that elusive balance between avant-garde and the roots of tradition.
”You’re lucky here in Australia to have so many different influences,” she said. ”I only visit places which have interesting food, and the spirit of experimentation here is very good.”
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