Celebrating 30 years of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Published on: Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Victoria’s top young chefs will come together for a 30 Under 30 gala dinner showcasing the depth of talent that makes Melbourne the culinary capital of Australia.

Tourism, Sports and Major Events Minister Martin Pakula today announced that the 30 Under 30 Gala Dinner will take place at the Plaza Ballroom on Thursday July 28 with a 30-course menu prepared by 30 chefs talented under 30.

The event, part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival’s 30th anniversary celebrations, will showcase the up-and-coming talent shaping the future of Victoria’s hospitality industry. It will feature chefs from renowned restaurants such as Attica, Vue de Monde, Gimlet, Igni, Aru, Etta, Provenance and many more.

The event aims to promote Melbourne as a culinary destination and celebrate our city’s creativity while providing a platform for young chefs to showcase their skills.

The festivities will continue in August with a series of more intimate events with the 30 chefs cooking together in small groups at Cutler & Co, Matilda 159 Domain, Stokehouse, Society and Embla.

The 30th anniversary celebrations follow the successful festival in March, which attracted more than 54,000 people at 56 events.

Later in the year, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival will travel to regional Victoria to continue the celebrations and spread the economic benefits across the state.

The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival has been a mainstay in our calendar of major events for three decades, reinforcing Victoria’s reputation as a premier food and wine destination.

Quotes attributable to Minister of Tourism, Sports and Major Events Martin Pakula

“Melbourne is world famous for its food and wine scene and we should celebrate our city’s talented young chefs.”

“We are proud to support the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival as it showcases the best our city has to offer in food and drink, bringing more people to our hospitality businesses and supporting local jobs.”

Quotes attributable to Food and Drink Victoria CEO Anthea Loucas Bosha

“We are delighted to celebrate our 30th anniversary by spotlighting 30 of Victoria’s most promising young chefs. We have the most dynamic young talent in the world and we can’t wait to showcase them at 30 Under 30.”

“Melbourne is Australia’s capital of creativity and innovation, and our restaurants, bars, cafes, bakeries and patisseries inspire travelers and locals, professionals and diners alike.”

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