Tasting Australia is gearing up for a triumphant return on April 29 with its largest program yet (more than 200 events across 11 regions) running until May 8. And the team behind it – including co-directors Karena Armstrong (The Salopian Inn) and Darren Robertson (Three Blue Ducks) – have pulled together a who's who of Australian cooking talent.

We asked some of the guest chefs – including Perth-born owner of Burnt Ends Dave Pynt, Belles Hot Chicken founder Morgan McGlone and Smith & Daughters’ Shannon Martinez – where they’ll be eating and drinking while they’re in town. And there are some pretty consistent favourites.

Dave Pynt, chef-owner of Singapore’s Burnt Ends
“I cant wait to check out Arkhe – I also want to catch up with Scott Huggins and see what he’s doing now he’s in charge of Magill Estate. I’m gagging for a drink at Leigh Street Wine Room. I also can't wait to check out Simon Kardarchi’s places, which I haven’t been to for a long time, including Shobosho and Osteria Oggi.”

Shannon Martinez, owner-chef at Smith & Daughters, Smith & Deli and Lona Misa
“It's been a couple of years since I've been to Adelaide and I know there have been a whole lot of fantastic new restaurants open since my last visit. I'm most excited to try Jake Kellie's new restaurant Arkhé and I'm looking forward to checking out Leigh Street Wine Room too. As usual, I'll also be swinging past my favourite spot Parwana, which has always been my Adelaide go-to!”

Darren Robertson, Tasting Australia co-director and owner of Three Blue Ducks
“I'm really looking forward to getting back to Adelaide Hills, I've been thinking about getting back to Summertown Aristologist since my last visit, then stocking up on drinks and pastries at Uraidla cafe brewery. I'll hopefully be checking out Jake Kellie's Arkhe, back to Parwana at some point, which is a super delicious Afghan eatery that Emma McCaskill put me onto, Africola of course, and if I can still move, a late-night cocktail at Bar Peripheral.”

Rosheen Kaul, head chef of Etta
“I can't wait to visit Parwana Kitchen again. It's been a few years since my last trip to Adelaide and I still think about their beautiful interior and wildly tasty food.”

Morgan McGlone, Belles Hot Chicken founder
“Every time I’m in Adelaide I always visit Hey Jupiter – I’ve been going there for years! Parwana take-away next door [Kutchi Deli] is also a favourite for a quick lunch. I’m looking forward to getting back to see my dear friend Duncan [Welgemoed] at Africola and you can’t go past ShoSho and Shobosho for dinner. I’m also keen to check out Leigh Street Wine Room for some snacks.”

Amy Hamilton, director at Liberte
“I’m excited to try the other chefs dishes that will be featuring alongside me at the legends dinner. I’ve always especially admired Cheong Liew and Chui Lee Luk. In terms of dining out no trip to Adelaide is complete without a visit to Africola or Shobosho. Also wouldn't mind eating some snails at La Buvette, having some wine and snacks at East End Cellars.”

Jung Eun Chae, owner-chef at Chae
“This is our first time in Adelaide so we are both very excited about the trip. We can’t wait to visit Shobosho. I heard so many good things about this place and I’ve been following them for quite some time. I would love to try their signature yakitori. My husband Yoora has served in Korean Army. He is very curious about Shobosho’s Korean Army Stew ramen.”

Peter Gilmore, executive chef at Sydney’s Quay and Bennelong
“I was hoping to dine at Restaurant Botanic. I heard very good things about what they are doing.”

Alanna Sapwell, head chef at Beach Byron Bay
“I'm so excited to to be going to Restaurant Botanic. I had one of the best meals in my life there last year when Justin James only just took the reins. Since then they have had major renovations and I can't wait to return tonight to see how it's evolved.”

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