Get set to eat up Scenic produce
AFTER the magical experience of working alongside Queensland Art Gallery executive chef Josue Lopez, Harrisville chef Sam Savery is inspired more than ever and focussing on Scenic Rim Eat Local Week.
Sam was one of three Scenic Rim culinary interns selected as part of the Scenic Rim's Eat Local Week partnership with QAGGOMA (Queensland Art Gallery's Gallery of Modern Art).
They had a wonderful two-day experience working alongside Eat Local Week Ambassador Josue (Josh) Lopez and his team.
The trio spent last Friday and Saturday working alongside the GOMA Restaurant kitchen team, preparing the seven-course Scenic Rim degustation for guests on Saturday night.
Josh is a keen supporter of local produce, in particular Scenic Rim produce.
He included Kalbar carrots on the menu he prepared for the world's leaders during the G20 Summit in Brisbane.
Through his role as Scenic Rim Eat Local Week ambassador, Josh will lead a cooking demonstration at the Winter Harvest Festival at Aratula on July 4.
Guests at Saturday night's degustation enjoyed a full day of touring around some of the Scenic Rim's producers.
The bus returned to Brisbane at 4.30pm and the guests reconvened at 6.30pm for the seven-course dinner, which incorporated ingredients from the farms they had visited, as well as others.
Sam said it was wonderful to see the elements come together on the plate.
"I decided I would grab every opportunity and run with it. I realised that anything is possible - this was one big opportunity. Josh was very humble and very down to earth.
"He's just a really top person and he sent us all an email this morning saying his door is always open to us if we have questions."
Sam is now focused on her own seven-course degustation, which she will serve at The Royal Hotel Harrisville on June 27 as part of Eat Local Week. Tickets are selling well.
The extensive kitchen at the Gallery of Modern Art Restaurant is a far cry from Sam Savery's usual cooking digs but she said the experience was priceless.
"I just learned so much," says Sam, a busy mum of three who also runs a popular cake business.
"It was an awesome experience. Money could not buy what I experienced. Josh and his team were just brilliant. They allowed us to do everything, including plating up. For them to trust us like that was a huge thing. Over the two days we worked on all these tiny elements which when they come together on the plate were just huge. Josh's knowledge was incredible and he is so humble."
Eat Local Week runs from June 27-July 5 and includes farm tours, cooking classes for kids, producer dinners, bush tucker tours, cheese-making workshops and the signature Winter Harvest Festival on Saturday July 4.