Chefs arrive on our doorstep to celebrate Perth’s Good Food Month

With WA’s State borders opening up it means there’s an influx of interstate chefs heading west.

Alanna Sapwell, the former head chef of ARC Dining in Brisbane, the Prince of Pasta, Mich Orr from Sydney and Morgan McGlone of Belles Hot Chicken in Sydney, will all be cooking during the month of April for Perth Good Food Month.

The emphasis for the month is to create culinary adventures to tantalise the taste buds of visitors to the city and this year will have a focus on being family friendly.

The constraints on large scale events and restrictions on interstate travel have meant the Perth Night Noodle Markets have been put in abeyance for the year.

But along with four feature events, will be 20 Friends of Good Food Month dining experiences taking place throughout April.

Tickets for these four events include multiple courses with wine and beer. They are:

Young Chefs Lunch presented by Citi at the Shadow Wine Bar, Alex Hotel, from 12.30pm, Sunday, 18 April with tickets costing $140.

A selection of dishes from Shadow Wine Bar
A selection of dishes from Shadow Wine Bar

The lunch features the work of three bright young chefs from the city’s top kitchens under the mentorship of an industry veteran.

This year’s chefs are Callum Snares from Shadow Wine Bar, James Cole Bowen from Le Rebelle and Henry Huang from Hearth, who will take over the kitchen at industrial-chic Shadow Wine Bar at Good Food Month’s hotel partner, Alex Hotel and hosted by food, drink and travel journalist, Max Veenhuyzen.

Esmay Pop-up with Hearth Restaurant will have sittings from 6pm on Tuesday, 20 April with tickets costing $140.

Esmay is the travelling pop-up restaurant of Alanna Sapwell, the former head chef of ARC Dining in Brisbane and Saint Peter in Sydney.

For this one-off dinner, Esmay will team up with Jed Gerrard’s fire-fuelled Hearth Restaurant, to combine their shared passion for hyper-seasonal, regional produce championed by local producers.

From Noma to Nashville: Belles and Drasko’s make Hot Chicken will be aboard The Raft, boarding at Barrack Street Jetty No. 5 from 6pm, on Wednesday, 21 April with tickets costing $150.

The event is about putting the ‘fine dining’ in ‘fried dining’ with duties shared by Drasko Jankovic of Drasko’s Hot Chicken, a fine dining-obsessed chef who uprooted everything to move to Copenhagen to work at world-renowned restaurant Noma.

The other is Morgan McGlone of Belles Hot Chicken, a trained chef who took residency in Nashville to work and learn from acclaimed Southern style cooking chef Sean Brock.

Mitch Orr’s Festa de Famiglia on The Raft, boarding at Barrack Street Jetty No. 5 from 6pm, on Thursday, 22 April with tickets costing $170.

Mitch Orr began his career in a Parramatta pub, and has since cut his teeth in some of Sydney’s highest profile kitchens including, Pilu at Freshwater and Sepia, along with overseas stints, including a chef take over series at London’s Michelin starred Lyle’s and hosting his own pop-ups in Singapore.

This exclusive event will take place on The Raft and will be hosted by Max Veenhuyzen. 

People paying with a Citi card are being offered a 20 per cent discount on feature event tickets.

Venessa Cowell, Head of Nine Food Events which organises Good Food Month said the group believed it was more important than ever to support the Perth hospitality and dining industry and to throw our support behind the venues that we love and those we take for granted as being part of the fabric of Perth.

Her comments were backed by head of digital sales and marketing at Citi Samantha Elliott who said with travel being difficult at the moment it was the perfect excuse to explore the culinary adventures available in the city.

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