Who is cooking at the World Stage

Louis Tikaram

Cooking demonstrations at the World Stage at Global Fiesta will tempt your taste buds with the cuisines, ingredients and flavours of local and international locations. Peruse our round-up of who you will see on stage conducting demonstrations 16 – 17 October.

Louis Tikaram

Louis first explored his Fijian heritage in the kitchen with his Fijian-Chinese grandmother by his side. He has served as the Executive Chef at Longrain, a highly respected Southeast Asian-inspired Sydney restaurant, where he was named “2014 Josephine Pignolet Young Chef of the Year” by the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide. Louis burst onto the Brisbane foodie scene as Head Chef of acclaimed restaurant, Stanley, and now La Mexicana pop-up, both located at Howard Smith Wharves.

Dale Chapman

Born in Dirranbandi in south west Queensland on Yuwaalaraay and Kooma tribal lands, indigenous woman Dale Chapman is a qualified chef and has lived and worked on Kabi Kabi land, known as the Sunshine Coast, since 1976. With extensive culinary experience, from French to contemporary Australian cuisine, Dale’s real passion is cooking and promoting bush tucker. Establishing ‘The Dilly Bag’ in 2000, Dale has travelled extensively throughout Australia and overseas showcasing Australian native food and educating groups and individuals on bush tucker.

Dario Manca

Dario Manca

Former Head Chef at Brisbane’s Zazata Restaurant and Head Chef at freshly opened, Rosmarino Restaurant, Manca brings a wealth of fine dining experience to the Global Fiesta stage. Showcasing Italian cuisine in all its flavourful glory, guests can expect a mouth-watering demonstration with Nonna’s tick of approval.

Peter Kuruvita

Peter Kuruvita

Kuruvita combines his love affair for food and Sri Lankan heritage to create dishes full of spice and flavour. Spanning four decades as an award-winning chef and restaurateur, Kuruvita has expanded his career to encompass the roles of TV presenter, author, industry speaker, tour guide and food & beverage consultant. Guests can find Kuruvita at Noosa Beach House, alongside his signature, celebrated, Sri Lankan menu.

Josh Lopez

Josh Lopez

Josh Lopez brings the flavours of El Salvador to Brisbane, and Global Fiesta. The celebrated chef will be showcasing his heritage cuisine, while educating on tradition and flavours. Lopez, is former Head Chef at The Wolfe as well as former Executive Chef at GOMA Restaurant, and was awarded the Brisbane Times Good Food Guide Chef of the Year in 2016.

Alejandra Utrera

Alejandra Uterera

Born and raised in Venezuela, Alejandra is a journalist, passionate cook and Latin food enthusiast who has travelled across Latin America uncovering authentic and delicious recipes. Settling in Brisbane, Alejandra created Big Latin Flavours – Australia’s go to destination for Latin cooking classes, tips and recipes. A co-finalist on The Chefs’ Line on SBS, Alejandra most recently appeared as a contestant on Channel 7’s Plate of Origin.

Book your tickets now to Global Fiesta – your one-way ticket to cuisine, culture and carnival! To explore the full program and to see who is on and when, head to our Global Fiesta event program page.

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