A 20-course dinner from a renowned Japanese chef; a collaboration between two of Australia’s most respected chefs; and a meal by the former head of recipe development at one of the world’s most lauded restaurants, Copenhagen’s Noma, are just some of the treats lined up for October’s Good Food Month.
For the event’s 21st year Sydney will welcome Hiroyuki Saito, who runs the kitchen at Tokyo sushi restaurant Hakkoku, to work with executive chef Monty Koludrovic of the Icebergs group (The Dolphin, Bondi Beach Public Bar) at Icebergs for two nights. With just six seats and a waitlist of six months, Hakkoku is one of the hardest restaurants in the world to score a seat at. The two dinners aren’t cheap – they’re $1000 a head for 20 courses, wine, beer, sake and return luxury car transfers. There will be just 20 reservations available per sitting.
Leading vegan chef Shannon Martinez (Melbourne’s Smith & Daughters and Smith & Deli) will bring her plant-based magic to Circular Quay’s Mary’s Underground. She’s put together a menu inspired by America’s South, which will be accompanied by a band chosen by Mary’s music director Joe Muller.
Legendary French chef Alain Passard, owner and head chef of famed L’Arperge in Paris, will lead a one-off, multi-course dinner at French bistro Restaurant Hubert.
Two of Australia’s most respected chefs, Peter Gilmore (Quay, Bennelong) and Jock Zonfrillo (Adelaide’s Orana) will team up for a dinner at Quay. They’ll focus on Australian cuisine and ingredients for a dinner on October 24. (If you miss out on tickets you can also sample Zonfrillo’s food at Sydney’s Orana pop-up from mid-August).
Noma’s former head of recipe development, Thomas Frebel, is now head chef and co-founder of Inua in Tokyo. There he applies the same devotion to foraging, hunting and diving that Noma is known for, but with Japanese ingredients. Frebel is heading to Automata for two special events in collaboration with head chef Clayton Wells.
Baker Katherine Sabbath will put together a very special high tea, with sweet and savoury treats, tea, wine, and Pimm’s to celebrate her latest cookbook, Bake Australia Great. Guests will receive a signed copy of the book and hear from Sabbath about its development.
There will also be a Young Chefs Lunch on October 27, where Australia’s rising kitchen stars – as selected by some of the country’s best chefs – will come together for a pasta party at Otto.
The festival’s popular Night Noodle Markets will also return. More than 40 stalls will set up in Hyde Park for nine nights. Expect pop-ups from Gelato Messina, Mr Bao, Donut Papi, Biang Biang Noodles, Chur Burger and Flyover Fritterie, among others.
The line-ups for other annual festival events, such as Let’s Do Lunch and the Friends of Good Food Month series will be announced in September.
Sydney’s Good Food Month runs all of October. Tickets go on sale at 9am Thursday July 25 here.