Top five things to do at Taste March 13, 2015, 12:31 pm

Award-winning chef Massimo Mele of La Scala on Jersey, has compiled a guide on his top five things to do at Taste this weekend.

1. Be inspired – Head to the Electrolux Taste Theatre to watch a live cooking demonstration where I’ll be cooking along with chefs such as Colin Fassnidge of 4Fourteen and Frank Camorra of Movida. You’ll hear untold chef secrets and first-hand tips to great tasting food. I’ll be sharing my best tips for cooking octopus including the different methods of cooking it and where to source quality produce. I know from watching my Nonna, aunties and mother cook every day back home in Naples that it’s great to have that knowledge passed down first-hand.

2. Sip, sample & shop – Ingredients are the soul of your cooking, so take a wander through the Artisan Producers Market and browse the variety of food stalls. From the fine wines of the Barossa Valley to perfectly matured cheeses and fresh loaves baked from humble ingredients, you’ll be spoilt for choice. I draw much of my inspiration from sourcing quality ingredients. It is after all, the key to great cooking.

3. Holy mustard! – Mustard can be a great secret ingredient, guaranteed to give any dish a real kick! Stop by La Maison Maille and you’ll have the chance to sample 18 mustard varieties fresh from the tap. Better bring a bottle of water!

4. Tantalise your taste buds – With over 70 dishes from 19 of Sydney’s hottest restaurants, it’s time to be adventurous and open your senses to new flavours. Presented by Electrolux Appetite for Excellence, you don’t want to miss the Organic Chook – with creamed corn & sprouted grains from Biota Dining. Jame’s dishes exceed all expectations combining fresh local produce with a unique ability to extract the very delicate of tastes.

5. It’s a honky tonk world – everyone loves a good dance so for the best entertainment spot, head to “Sammy’s Travelling Roadhouse” and let go in the honky tonk music tent. Guaranteed to be heaps of fun, the good guys behind award-winning Swillhouse Bars – Shady Pines Saloon, The Baxter Inn and Frankies Pizza are bringing this one.

Top five things to do at Taste