Jason spent his Thanksgiving at the inaugural Margaret River Gourmet Escape in Western Australia. Some of the biggest names in international celebrity chefdom were there including Rene Redzepi of Noma in Copenhagen consistently rated as the number one restaurant in the World and David Chang of the New York-based Momofuku restaurant empire who now has a restaurant in Sydney.
The VIP Opening Night Party was held on the sand at Smith Beach with a backdrop of rolling waves.
The formal dinner at the Margaret River Gourmet Escape was to honor Heston Blumenthal. The meal was prepared by Sydney’s most distinguished chefs including Tetsuya Wakada (Tetsuya’s,) Neil Perry (Rockpool,) and Peter Gilmore (Quay.)
Jason couldn’t resist asking the renown celebrity chefs how they would cook kangaroo. “Redzepoi suggested he’d rub a braising cut of roo with Vegemite and braise it in Foster’s beer.”
Jason also has some thoughts on what exactly Australian cuisine is after interviewing the Aussie celebrity chefs.