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Acclaimed Ana Ros to join the Tasting Australia table

World’s best female chef Ana Ros is heading to Tasting Australia 2017.

World’s best female chef Ana Ros is heading to Tasting Australia 2017 and will dazzle diners in the festival’s new showpiece restaurant.

The Slovenian – who received her title by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants academy this month – will be cooking for the first time in Adelaide alongside peers including Marco Pierre White.

Festival-goers can enjoy the pair’s fare at the new Glasshouse Kitchen in Town Square (Victoria Square), which is set to feature collaborations between visiting talent and local heroes.

Other guest chefs travelling to South Australia for Tasting Australia include Paul Carmichael (Momofuku Seiobo, Sydney), Clayton Wells (Automata, Sydney), Mitch Orr (ACME, Sydney), Victor Liong (Lee Ho Fook, Melbourne), Lennox Hastie (Firedoor, Sydney) and more.

Fans of the enigmatic Pierre White will have two further opportunities to dine among culinary royalty; at the Glasshouse Kitchen in collaboration with Jock Zonfrillo (Restaurant Orana) and Australia’s best chef in 2016 Wells, and at Marco’s Kitchen where Sean Connolly will host Marco at his SkyCity Adelaide restaurant.

Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell said South Australia's food and beverage industry is growing along with the Tasting Australia festival.

"Our award-winning beverage industry continues to grow with new cellar doors, artisan distillers and craft brewers, and it’s great to see so many involved with Tasting Australia," he said.

"As one of the world’s Great Wine Capitals, Adelaide leads the way for wine-related activities, and the events held during Tasting Australia will highlight how fantastic SA is when it comes to great food, wine and tourism experiences."

"South Australia has been named the Best Events State two years in a row and I’m sure Marco Pierre White and Ana Ros will love our world-class produce and exciting atmosphere of Tasting Australia."

Tasting Australia creative curator Zonfrillo said Adelaide’s burgeoning food and wine scene provided ample inspiration.

“It’s a super interesting time here in Adelaide with new cafes, restaurants and small bars. With world-class winemakers, brewers and distilleries all within 20 minutes of the CBD, it’s fair to say we have plenty to discover,” he said.

“It’s great to be cooking with a lot of my peers and people I really admire, including these interesting bright young chefs. It’s not often that we get to cook together because we’re all busy in our own restaurants . . . the collaboration dinners at Glasshouse Kitchen are going to be a great experience.”

Tasting Australia 2017 is taking place from April 30 to May 7, with its eight days to showcase South Australia through inimitable and immersive experiences. First events from this year’s program are to be released to the public at 7pm this evening ahead of the full launch in late March.

The festival will feature a range of events celebrating Adelaide’s status as a Great Wine Capital and the beverages that set South Australia apart. They include:

  • A suite of experiences curated by East End Cellars that will feature everything from free tastings with regional winemakers to flights of artisanal spirits and masterclasses examining a decade of Rockford Basket Press and six vintages of Penfolds Grange.
  • A Fresh Wine Disco at Uraidla in the Adelaide Hills, which will offer tastings of 35 freshly-picked new vintage wines from around the nation, siphoned straight from the barrel.
  • The Great Wine Voyage, a city bar hop supported by Primary Industries and Regions South Australia that will see guests will blind-taste local wines and compare them to tastings from other iconic regions.

In 2017 there will also be a focus on clustered events in South Australian regions, with visitors invited to explore the state’s many food bowls throughout the festival. Itineraries will cover regions including the Barossa, Fleurieu Peninsula and Adelaide Hills.

Tasting Australia creative director Simon Bryant said autumn was a perfect time to explore the state.

“From Town Square in the city to South Australia’s amazing regions, there are so many interesting food and beverage activities to enjoy during Tasting Australia,” he said.

“You can really get involved: visit a farm gate, meet a producer, do a tasting with a winemaker or try a masterclass with one of our visiting chefs.”

The second release of events on the Tasting Australia website will be at 7pm ACDST Wednesday 22 February. 

Stay tuned for the full program release in late March.

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