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Extravagant gala dinner caps off successful Wine and Gourmet fair

Posted by Kimberly on November 10, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times

November 10, 2007, page 2 (612 words)

Yesterday marked the final day of the Wine and Gourmet fair at the Venetian Macao, although the rest of the week will still feature lunches and dinners by the master chefs including Alain Passard at Crown Macau and David Laris at Mandarin Oriental.
David Laris’ culinary masterclass yesterday afternoon rounded up the weeks’ introduction to the talented chefs, with David creating three dishes including lobster cannelloni, crab and avocado tien and pandan leaf panna cotta.
It was the first offering that he chose to alter at the last minute, suggesting that “it’s about sensing a recipe, you should feel it.”
Of course, his experience in front of the camera in such a situation is extensive, having shared the stage with celebrated chef Gordon Ramsay in the past.
“We didn’t have a lot of time to set up and it was a bit tight,” he said, referring to yesterday’s demonstration, but added, “in the end the product came out. I like presenting and interacting with the audience.
“No matter how messy your environment, you can still present dishes like that,” he added, proving that his choice in menu was one guests could just a easily achieve at home with ingredients that were easy to find.
As well, his choice of menu was accompanied by several hints and tips that the chef had no qualms about giving away, although he added that “there are recipes I wouldn’t show if they’re too new.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Cocktails and master classes open first day of Wine and Gourmet in Macau

Posted by Kimberly on November 8, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
November 8, 2007, page 2 (690 words)

The first day of the inaugural Wine and Gourmet Asia, Macau began yesterday morning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony presided over by Mr João Manuel Costa Antunes, Director of Macau Government Tourist Office an Mr Michael Dreyer, Asia Pacific Vice President, Koelnmesse among others.
During the ceremony Mr Dreyer said of the opening reception that had occurred the previous night, “we declared the opening of the entire event, a first of its kind in Asia, where a trade exhibition is held in conjunction with a full gastronomic festival featuring top master-chefs and wineries from around the world.”
In his speech following My Dreyer’s, Mr Antunes said that the event was “the first group that we have given support to after the opening of the Macau Business centre that we created, opening a new era of Macau’s conventions and exhibitions.
“To our visitors, I wish you a good business in trade but reserve some time to visit our city, our cultural heritage and try also our Macanese food,” he added. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sydney chef Justin North heads for Macau’s Wine and Gourmet event

Posted by Kimberly on November 7, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
November 7, 2007, page 4 (705 words)

Australian chef Justin North arrived in Macau as part of the Wine and Gourmet Asia, Macau event, creating an outstanding meal for local media yesterday afternoon at Crown Macau.
As owner of modern French restaurant Becasse in Sydney, Justin will be in Macau taking part in culinary promotions until Friday, November 9.
As for Macau’s restaurants, he said, “there seems to be, from what I hear, a nice balance of a lot of the new restaurants and the older Macanese and Portuguese styles, which I want to look at.”
The 32-year-old chef said that coming to Macau had provided him with the opportunity to meet with other chefs, both local and international.
Then there’s the cookbook he’s recently brought out, the second in his illustrious career. Read the rest of this entry »

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It may be all Greek to some, but for David Laris, the sky’s the limit

Posted by Kimberly on November 3, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
November 3, 2007, page 2 (1,156 words)

Australian-born chef David Laris is coming back to Macau, to where it all began, at the Mandarin Oriental. Now heading up one of the top eating establishments in Shanghai, Laris, Three on the Bund, he’s participating in Wine and Gourmet Asia 2007 between November 7 and 10.
David will be top billing at the Mandarin, presenting his menus which incorporate contemporary Asian, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences at a series of lunch and dinner promotions.
“I did Asia eight to nine years ago as I wanted to understand a bigger market,” he said, adding that by the time he’d decided to make his move to Shanghai, his profile in London was big enough to make the move a rather risky one.
“A lot of people in London thought I was insane, as I was just starting to break into the TV world and raising my profile. I spoke to lots of friends in the Asian region, who were not very optimistic. I thought the next big city would be Shanghai so I took the risk,” he recalled.
When asked about those initial days of setting up shop, David said he remembers being called back to Shanghai to have a look at the building on offer, over six years ago. Read the rest of this entry »

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