Regional Flavours
Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July

Queensland Taste Stage

Presented by The Courier-Mail
10:00am - 5:00pm

The best of Queensland’s regional bounty shines in the hands of local chefs, food experts and culinary ambassadors.

Queensland Taste editor Anooska Tucker-Evans returns to host a line-up of passionate foodies including Georgia Barnes, Matt Golinski, Javier Codina, Reynold Poernomo and Alastair McLeod. Their focus is on demonstrating practical and easy ways to cook Queensland produce at home, injecting dishes with a touch of flair and professionalism.

Traverse the state’s food regions and discover its freshly harvested crops, seasonal produce and unique offerings, prepared on stage by established restauranteurs, much-loved local identities, television personalities and emerging chefs.

For a full list and details of the Queensland Taste Marketplace stalls – click here.

Time & Date

Sat 20 - Sun 21

July 2020

Opening Hours

10:00am - 5:00pm

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Saturday 20 July 2019
Time
Guest
Presentation
10:30am - 11:00am
Dessert King DIY
Dessert king Reynold Poernomo recreates KOI’s signature Nomtella cake then teams up with Frith La Vin Lloyd to match it to the perfect cup of coffee.
Reynold Poernomo Frith La Vin Lloyd

Reynold Poernomo

Reynold was inducted into the MasterChef Australia hall of fame in 2015. Known as the ‘Dessert King’ Reynold’s expertise lay in the art of recreating desserts. Reynold lacks a sweet tooth, but instead owns a creative flare and desire to conquer a challenge. Reynold’s drive to succeed led to the opening of his renowned dessert bar in 2016, KOI Dessert Bar & Dining, which he operates with his two brothers. In addition to their popular dessert degustation, the trio also serve up a set menu of savoury dishes inspired by their Indonesian and Australian heritage. Despite Reynolds technique, he has never studied, nor is professionally trained as a chef; although with parents both in the hospitality industry, it’s easy to see what led him down this sweet path. For more information on KOI, head to the official website.

Frith La Vin Lloyd

Frith, a Merlo Coffee expert, is passionate about coffee – and the stories of the people and places behind the bean. Over the past decade, Frith has dedicated herself to introducing people to new ways of tasting and enjoying coffee. She has judged at barista competitions and presented numerous tasting workshops as well as developing and implementing comprehensive barista training and quality assurance programs. Based in Brisbane and with a strong farming background, Frith believes the history and culture of coffee is inextricably linked with the stories of the people who grow it, the places where coffee is grown and those who taste the final roast. For more information on Merlo Coffee, head to their website.
11:30am - 12:00pm
Spanish Fare with Flair
Scenic Rim produce melds with Javier Codina’s (Moda Restaurant) signature Spanish style in this hearty, spectacular meal of local crayfish with heirloom tomatoes, beetroot and other seasonal winter veggies from the Scenic Rim.
Javier Codina
Javier has established a reputation for distinctive cuisine. His menus are created by blending influences from France, Italy, and his native Barcelona. Javier has worked at a number of acclaimed restaurants inculding The Restaurante Diana in Barcelona’s Hotel Ritz, The Newport in the Hotel Arts in Barcelona, The Chewton Glen Hotel in Hampshire, The Fine Dining Restaurant in The Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel (US), The Fine Dining Gary Danko in The Ritz Carlton San Francisco (US) and La Fontaine at the Hayman Island Resort (Australia). Javier and François’ renowned Brisbane restaurant, Moda, has been recognised by growing clientele, regular patrons and celebrities alike, as well as receiving numerous awards and achievements. Javier is a dedicated supporter and contributor to various charities, including the Starlight Children’s Foundation in Brisbane. As well, he regularly donates his time and talents to four of their Annual Five Chef Dinners and was the creator of the Next Generation Chefs Charity Lunch. For more information on Moda Restaurant, head to the official webpage.
12:30pm - 1:00pm
Finessing French Food
Bruno Loubet’s step-by-step guide to cooking mushroom and eggplant patties with coconut yoghurt sauce and citrus and chili honey drizzle will have you cooking French food à la maison in no time.
Bruno Loubet
Bruno was born in southwest France and began his career as a Commis Chef at the Hyatt Regency in Brussels. After commencing National Service as Head Chef for the Admiral’s table, he earned the rank of Second Maitre. Relocating to London, Bruno was Head Chef at Gastronome One where he was awarded the 1985 Good Food Guide’s Young Chef of the Year. Bruno joined Raymond Blanc in Oxford as Head Chef at the two Michelin-starred Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons. Following this, Bruno was Chef/Manager to Le Petit Blanc, in Oxford. Bruno returned to London as Head Chef at the Four Seasons, Inn on the Park, where he earned a Michelin star within a year. A desire for a lifestyle change led to a relocation to Brisbane, where he opened Bruno’s Tables and was awarded Restaurant and Catering Best Chef-Owned Restaurant in 2003, Good Life Chef of the Year in 2004 and earned two Gourmet Traveller stars in 2005. As well, Bruno took over Berardo’s, which was awarded two Gourmet Traveller Stars and Regional Restaurant of the Year. Back in the UK, Bruno opened Bistrot Bruno Loubet at The Zetter Hotel in Clerkenwell, which won the award for Highest New Entry at Number 3 in the UK, at the National Restaurant Awards 2010. Following this, he opened Grain Store in Kings Cross, London in 2013. Bruno now resides in Queensland with his family and is passionate on issues of sustainability and the environment.
1:30pm - 2:00pm
Top Techniques for Lovely Lamb
Perfect the reverse-searing technique with Alastair McLeod who pairs a succulent lamb rump with green beans, mustard and Bauple nuts, freshly harvested in Lockyer Valley.
Alastair McLeod
Alastair is best known from his roles on Channel Seven’s Great Day Out and Network 10’s Ready Steady Cook. Alastair has a recipe column in the Brisbane News and he is frequently heard on ABC and 4BC radio. Alastair is the national MC for the Good Food and Wine Show, and since 2014 has been the food ambassador for the Lockyer Valley region. Growing up in a multicultural family, Alastair experienced a large range of cuisines and thus a career in cooking ensued. His experience in the kitchen is extensive, having worked at Michelin listed restaurants across the world, such as Roscoff in Belfast, United Kingdom and Da Giovanni in Torino, Italy. His Australian tenures have included roles as Executive Chef at Brisbane’s Baguette, which under Alastair’s stewardship won back to back Restaurant and Caterer awards and saw the restaurant inducted into the hall of fame. Alistair established Tank Restaurant and Bar in Brisbane’s CBD, which was named in Australia’s Hot 50 Restaurants two years running. More recently, Alastair launched Al’FreshCo; his own business that provides small and large-scale catering to private and corporate clients. For more information on Al’FreshCo, head to his website.
2:30pm - 3:00pm
Seafood and Sundaes Made Easy
A Redlands Coast native, Georgia Barnes has the inside scoop on the freshest local ingredients for roasted strawberry ice cream sundaes and stunningly simple dressed oysters from the Redlands Coast.
Georgia Barnes
Georgia is a home-cook, nutritionist and food stylist. Georgia kick started her career in the food and entertainment industry after placing runner-up on MasterChef Australia in 2015. Georgia has been a contributor for Taste.com.au since late 2015, writing recipes for both the magazine and website. Passionate about instilling kitchen-confidence and imparting her knowledge, Georgia hosts interactive cooking classes and demonstrations, teaching people of all ages simple methods for creating contemporary dishes. Georgia loves connecting with producers, artisans and restaurateurs to produce captivating digital imagery. Georgia has collaborated with a number of leading brands and organisations including IKEA, Cadbury, Coles, NAB, Westfield and more. Georgia has presented onstage at some of Australia’s most reputable foodie events and television viewers may have spotted her cooking on The Morning Show, Studio 10, Ben’s Menu, Toasted TV or as a guest co-host on Couch Time. Georgia’s food philosophy is focused around balance and beauty. For more information, head to her website.
3:30pm - 4:00pm
Chef Battle: Clever Canapes
Marriott Brisbane sous chefs Sumit Batra and Deb Cao “battle” to create the ultimate canape menu, pairing Queensland produce with multicultural inspiration for home entertainers.
Sumit Batra and Deb Cao

Sumit Batra

Sumit Batra is the Executive Sous Chef at the Brisbane Marriott Hotel. Having worked across the globe, Sumit brings to life many flavours and ideas from his time working in Aman Resorts in Sri Lanka, the Michelin Star The NoMad Hotel in New York and Jellyfish- right on our doorstep here in Brisbane. Whilst with Brisbane Marriott, Sumit has been involved in the re-launch of the hotel’s signature restaurant Motion Dining, after the hotel’s $20 million reinvention. Sumit and the kitchen brigade have also brought flavours and trends to life through showcases of delectable menus during the wine dinner series. This is Chef Sumit’s first appearance at Regional flavours.

Deb Cao

Debra has a wealth of hands on experience, having completed her commercial training and studies in Perth where she then later worked for award winning boutique hotels. Debra joined the Fraser Suites group in Perth, later transferring to Brisbane where she was the Sous Chef for Pete Evans Restaurant, Asana. Joining Brisbane Marriott Hotel in 2018, Debra has brought a unique Asian fusion to many new menu concepts. Debra’s homemade chicken and vegetable dumplings are widely requested for client events and special event menus, in particular Brisbane Marriott’s 21st Birthday celebrations.
Sunday 21 July 2019
Time
Guest
Presentation
10:30am - 11:00am
Ward off Winter with Oxtail Soup
Warm up this winter with Paul West’s hearty and wholesome beef soup using oxtail, a lesser-known and underrated beef cut, and loads of vitamin-packed vegetables.
Paul West
Australian Good Meat Ambassador Paul West regularly hosts cooking demonstrations at food festivals around Australia and can be seen as a guest presenter on Gardening Australia, Back Roads and Catalyst. He is a passionate supporter of many charities including National Parks and Wildlife Foundation, OZ Harvest, Earth Hour, REAP, NEST and Cure Cancer. Paul is a trained chef and has worked in all areas of food production, from WWOOFing (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) around Australia to cooking in the bistro of Melbourne’s renowned Vue de Monde where he served his apprenticeship as a chef. In 2012 Paul hosted River Cottage Australia, moving to Central Tilba to film the show. Having turned his back on haute cuisine, Paul has since expressed his passion for sustainable farming and organic food.
11:30am - 12:00pm
Best of South Burnett Produce
Take a tasty trip through the South Burnett with Jason Ford as he turns Highbrit beef, new season asparagus and a decedent beetroot and chocolate combination into dinner winners.
Jason Ford
Jason began his career working within the Brisbane CBD in restaurants such as New Orleans and the award- winning Rumpoles Restaurant, training under some of Brisbane’s most acclaimed chefs. Jason was among the first chefs to study and graduate from the Queensland Advanced Trade Certificate in Kitchen Management and was awarded COTAH Pastry Chef of the Year. Spanning over 30 years, Jason has worked in many of Brisbane’s five-star hotels including Royal On The Park, Brisbane Hilton, Brisbane Riverview Hotel and the luxurious Stamford Plaza, as well as a number of celebrated restaurants. Jason balances his time as a cookery lecturer with food writing and cooking appearances at festivals. He is passionate about fresh quality produce and is the official Food Ambassador for the South Burnett region. Jason was also awarded 2018 Australia Day South Burnett Citizen of the Year for his tireless dedication to the South Burnett food, wine and tourism industries. For more information on Jason, head to his website.
12:30pm - 1:00pm
How to Make Perfect Gnocchi
Make restaurant-quality gnocchi at home with Matt Golinski using Gympie-grown potatoes, slow-roasted pork belly, macadamias, regional vegetables and a handful of unusual herbs.
Matt Golinski
Matt Golinski is a highly regarded, professional chef with a passion for creating cuisine using fresh, seasonal and local ingredients. Matt Golinski is well known as one of the original team members of Ready Steady Cook television series. Matt has worked as Executive Chef at some of Queensland’s leading restaurants and founded his own catering company. Based on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Matt now enjoys working as a consulting Chef to restaurants, being a regular guest Chef at festivals and writing his popular food columns and blog. He is also an active member of the Slow Food Movement and a motivational speaker. Since 2015, Matt has been the Food and Culinary Tourism Ambassador for the Gympie Region, working to promote the region as a world-class food destination. Matt uses his knowledge of the area and its producers to showcase the region via cooking demonstrations on his blog “Matt Eats Gympie”. In March 2018 Matt joined the Peppers Noosa Resort team as their Consultant Executive Chef, developing menus that consolidate his knowledge and love of the producers within his region. For more information on Matt, head to his website.
1:30pm - 2:00pm
Everybody Say Cheese
Strong, smooth, sharp or creamy – whatever your preference, there is a cheese for you! Magdalena Roze spotlights the versatility of Southern Downs and Granite Belt cheese with a flaky, cheesy, pastry tart that champions no waste in the kitchen.
Magdalena Roze
Magdalena Roze combines her expertise in journalism with her passion for food, sustainability and lifestyle. A passionate wholefoods cook, she released her cookbook Happy and Whole, focusing on simple, nourishing recipes, the way her mother and grandmother used to cook. Known for her intricate knowledge of food and restaurants, she has been a food reviewer for the prestigious Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide and Delicious Magazine’s Top 100, and has interviewed some of the biggest food personalities in the world, including Heston Blumenthal and Nigella Lawson. Magdalena co-founded and hosts the number one food podcast on Australian itunes, The Pass. Prior to her sea-change to Byron Bay, Magdalena worked as a Television Presenter and Meteorologist for over ten years, including co-hosting Network Ten’s The Project, covering two Olympic Games as well as reading news and weather on both breakfast and prime-time bulletins. For more information on Magdalena Roze, head to the official website.
2:30pm - 3:00pm
Cheers to Canapés and Coffee Cocktails
Cocktail parties are back in a big way! Richard Ousby and Frith La Vin Lloyd deliver a masterclass in matching local produce-driven canapés with coffee cocktails.
Richard Ousby and Frith La Vin Lloyd

Richard Ousby

Richard Ousby began his apprenticeship at a local Italian restaurant in Brisbane, and after a chance conversation with Damien Pignolet he found himself flying to the UK to work at the Three Michelin Star Waterside Inn. Richard worked as a Commis Chef at Waterside Inn for just over a year. It was here that his lifelong passion of classic French cuisine was established. Richard returned to Australia where he commenced a three-year stint at Peter Gilmore’s Quay. While at Quay, Richard competed in the National Appetite for Excellence Competition two years running, winning the Electrolux Young Chef of the Year on his second attempt in 2011. This win qualified him for the worldwide competition in Venice and he went on to win the S. Pellegrino Young Chef of the Year in 2012. He has since joined the Appetite for Excellence judging panel. In 2012 Richard joined Stokehouse Q, becoming Executive Chef across both the Brisbane restaurant and Stokehouse St Kilda in 2015. Under his culinary direction the Stokehouse venues have secured national awards, and since the completion of the Stokehouse St Kilda rebuild in 2016, Richard splits his time between both Melbourne and Brisbane restaurants. For more information on Stokehouse Q, head to their website.

Frith La Vin Lloyd

Frith, a Merlo Coffee expert, is passionate about coffee – and the stories of the people and places behind the bean. Over the past decade, Frith has dedicated herself to introducing people to new ways of tasting and enjoying coffee. She has judged at barista competitions and presented numerous tasting workshops as well as developing and implementing comprehensive barista training and quality assurance programs. Based in Brisbane and with a strong farming background, Frith believes the history and culture of coffee is inextricably linked with the stories of the people who grow it, the places where coffee is grown and those who taste the final roast. For more information on Merlo Coffee, head to their website.
3:30pm - 4:00pm
Zero Waste Beer
Brouhaha’s head brewer Matt Jancauskas and head chef James Ostridge will demonstrate how to cook a traditional Sunday roast with all the trimmings, including Nan's famous Yorkshire pudding and using the offcuts to make the perfect gravy.
Matt Jancauskas and James Ostridge

Matt Jancauskas

After relocating to London, Matt Jancauskas turned his love for beer into a career. A fortuitous job vacancy took him from electrical engineer to working at Beavertown Brewery. Soon after this Matt gained his Diploma of Brewing through the Institute of Brewing and Distilling. Matt saw Beavertown develop from a tiny microbrewery into one of London’s most influential breweries, producing in excess of 1,500,000L annually. Matt partnered with three Sunshine Coast locals, to open Brouhaha Brewery in July 2016. James Halliday, Australian wine writer and critic, named Brouhaha Brewery in the ‘4 most exciting breweries to watch’ in August 2016. Matt received Brewer of the Year at Queensland's inaugural Beeries Awards in 2017. His beers have received thirteen medals across two Australian beer awards in 2018, and his Strawberry Rhubarb Sour placed 77 in 2018's Australian Hottest 100 Craft Beers, as voted by the Australian public. For more information on Brouhaha Brewery, head to the official website.

James Ostridge

Chef James Ostridge has been working in kitchens since the age of 15, working throughout England's South in Rosette awarded restaurants and gastropubs. These early years set the foundation of James’ love for food as well as regional and seasonal ingredients. Since joining Brouhaha Brewery in early 2017, James has fallen in love with the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, building strong relationships and partnering with local producers and farmers to design a menu with a strong focus on local, organic and sustainable produce, minimal wastage and nose to tail cooking. Embracing the brewery lifestyle, James has educated himself with beer and food pairing and the use of beer in his cooking. James’ cooking has been awarded the Slow Food Noosa’s Snail of Approval Award and earned Brouhaha Brewery AGFG Best British Restaurant two years running. For more information on Brouhaha Brewery, head to the official website.

The Sound Society

Want to groove while you chow down on market fare and wine? South Bank's favourite free live music program, The Sound Society, will offer free performances all weekend long.
Saturday 20 July 2019
Time
Guest
10:00am - 12:00pm
Leonie Kingdom
Leonie Kingdom is an emerging Indie-folk Artist from South East Queensland, specialising in acoustic guitar, singing, song writing and live performance. Leonie’s first single, Night Terrors, hit number one on the Triple J Unearthed charts, and it’s feature in Channel 9’s Doctor Doctor gained her attention around the globe. To date, Leonie has performed at Tamworth Music Festival, The Gympie Muster, Heart of gold International Film Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival, alongside many other events around Australia.
12:30pm - 2:30pm
The Dreggs
Paddy Macrae and Zane Harris; a duo who came together on the Sunshine Coast to form The Dreggs. Growing up on the coastline, their music is heavily influenced by the ocean, which is a noticeable theme throughout their tracks. Their music can be described as Acoustic Indi-Folk, with two acoustic guitars, a foot-stomp, and a driving beat. The Dreggs find themselves writing tracks that make people tap their feet.
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Franky Smart
Franky Smart (aka Claire Walters) has been singing professionally since the age of 13, making her debut in musical theatre alongside some of Australia's finest talent including Bert and Patti Newton, Nikki Webster and Doug Parkinson and recently finishing a season of "Bang Bang" at the 2018 Brisbane Festival alongside Rhonda Burchmore and Rob Mills thanks to TAM Presents.
Sunday 21 July 2019
Time
Guest
10:00am - 12:00pm
LOA
LOA is the project of Nicole Loa McWalters, who was born in the tropical jungle islands of Papua New Guinea and raised between PNG, Hong Kong and Australia. For Nicole, music broke down many barriers from a young age and this crafted her mission- to create unity with her music. Nicole believes that the power of song concurs boundaries and binds us together in this fast and ever-changing world. Nicole has a soulful delivery and distinct sound, as well, she has played some of Australia's largest and most loved festivals.
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Dan Horne
One-man multi-instrumentalist, Dan Horne has joined forces with Funk, Jazz, Roots bass-man Brad Wenham, bringing an original and exciting element to his show. Specializing in folk infused blues/roots, Dan’s popular harmonica blowing, lapsteel playing and footstomping style, complements well with his folky songwriting, stage presence and catchy hooks.
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Andrea Kirwin
Hailing from the Sunshine Coast, the band is made up of Andrea Kirwin on vocals, acoustic guitar and cigar box guitar; Mitch Francis on the drums; Oj Newcomb on Bass and the talented Brodie Graham on electric guitar. Andrea's heartfelt lyrics are supported by this well-seasoned collection of performers, specialising in genres of Soul, Roots, Reggae, Funk, Hip Hop and Blues- reminiscent of bands from the 60s & 70s era of music.

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