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Gourmet Institute returns for 2019

Now in its eleventh year, the masterclass series offers plenty of reasons to celebrate including Dan Hong, Guy Grossi and Bethany Finn.
Gourmet Institute 2019

Ever wanted to know how to use saltbush? Not sure if you’re cooking fish properly? Do you have a passion for Japanese cuisine that needs an outlet? Roll up your sleeves and get ready to learn from Australia’s best — Gourmet Institute is back for 2019. Bringing together ten of the country’s leading chefs, the series gets you close to the action with cooking demonstrations at Harvey Norman stores, tastings and helpful tips — plus plenty of snacks and drinks along the way, of course.

Whether it’s the party-starting fun of Dan Hong’s cheeseburger spring rolls, the classic technique behind Guy Grossi’s essential Italian recipes or Shannon Martinez’s extraordinary vegan carbonara, you’ll unlock cooking possibilities that will inspire you to create standout dishes to serve at your very own dinner table.

The line-up


~ Josh Niland (Saint Peter), 10 April – Gourmet Traveller’s Chef of the Year leads the way with sustainable, innovative and crowd-pleasing seafood.

~ Dan Hong (Ms G’s), 12 June – The man behind Mr Wong and Ms G’s unleashes party food with an Asian twist.

~ James Viles (Biota), 28 August – Home-grown, foraged and seasonal: Biota’s owner champions the Australian landscape.

~ Palisa Anderson (Chat Thai), 13 November – Master the wok and Thai desserts with talent from the Chat Thai family.


~ Shannon Martinez (Smith & Daughters), 8 May – Her vegan versions of meaty dishes at Smith & Daughters are even better than the real thing.

~ Guy Grossi (Florentino), 24 July – Trust the godfather of Melbourne’s Italian food scene to school you in the staples.

~ Phil Wood, (Pt Leo Estate) 25 September – How to impress with the chef behind Gourmet Traveller’s New Restaurant of the Year.


~ Duncan Welgemoed (Africola), 3 July – Africola’s chef doesn’t hold back on bold flavours or his commitment to principle-driven dishes.

~ Bethany Finn (Mayflower), 16 October – Expect next-level comfort food from Mayfair Hotel’s award-winning talent.


~ Chase Kojima (Sokyo, Kiyomi), 29 May – Offering a smart spin on Japanese food, from tempura to tataki.

Tickets are $65 each. Reserve your seat here.

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