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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Restaurant 09, Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park

Kurrajong grubs

Now in its fourth year, Restaurant 09 is an trade-only industry event designed for restaurants, hotels and cafe and their suppliers, producers and manufacturers. Apart from the chance to see new products, look out for emerging trends and indulge in a bit of dishwasher and cookware porn, it's an insightful look into the food industry on the other side of the coin.

Camel mettwurst

Not far from the entrance was perhaps one of the most interesting stalls - serving cooked camel meat and camel mettwurst sausages. After our recent dinner of silkworm pupae, camel meat was a walk in the park. In fact the camel meat looks and tastes much like beef without any perceptible gamey flavour.

Camel meat cuts

Sourdough bread from Fournil 97

Tropical fruit stand with dragonfruit, carambolas, taro,
mangosteen, soursop and rambutan

Star apple

Matthew Kemp cooking with wagyu on the Culinary Skills stage

Matthew Kemp, Executive Chef and co-owner of Restaurant Balzac and The Burlington

Salmon sashimi sampling

Fresh wasabi

Morpeth Sourdough loaves

Morpeth Sourdough

Adriano Zumbo - constantly talking to customers
or getting mobbed by commercial cookery students

Elle & Vire extra dry butter

Duck pate and duck fat from GJ Food

Crossiants by Adriano Zumbo - superbly crisp and flaky

Tahitian vanilla bean macaron by Adriano Zumbo

I was so glad I waited until I was sitting down to eat this. A Zumbo macaron should always be enjoyed slowly, its thin crisp shell shattering to give way to a softy, chewy and moist centre. The Tahitian vanilla bean filling was sweet, rich and smooth.

Mark Best demonstrating tools for the trade

The reason I was sitting down was to watch Mark Best from Marque in action, demonstrating the MyCook tool which, similar to a Thermomix, acts as a food processor whilst it cooks, fries, boils or steams to your nominated specific times and temperatures.

The perfect 64C poached egg

The temperature control is perfect for cooking the one-hour 64C egg, the determined ideal temperature that will cook the egg white but maintain a runny silky egg yolk.

Poached egg with mushrooms and truffles

Mark using liquid nitrogen to make chocolate mousse

Liquid nitrogen was used to make chocolate mousse, its rapid chilling effect creating a beautifully smooth and satiny mousse. The liquid nitrogren cannisters normally cost about $1,000 but Mark got his second-hand for $300. A full cannister holds about 10 litres and will cost about $40.

To add air to the mousse, Marque restaurant uses cream pumps. Nitrogen cartridges are preferred over carbon dioxide ones, as the nitrogen gives a finer smaller bubble that translates to a superior mouthfeel.

Mark Best, Executive Chef and owner of Marque Restaurant

Salmon caviar from Yarra Valley Salmon,
the only supplier of hand-milked freshwater Atlantic salmon caviar

Tasting plates for the Cheese Matters session

Glenelg Black Angus beef from Hunter Valley Premium Meats

Cupcakes from Sparkle Cupcakery

Manu Feildel, Executive Chef and co-owner of L'etoile

Restaurant 09 was held 10-11 August 2009 at the Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park. This is an industry-only event held annually in Sydney and Melbourne.

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9 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 8/13/2009 01:49:00 am


  • At 8/13/2009 1:13 pm, Anonymous Kay said…

    howd u like starapple we a star apple tree back home :) i miss going to these things

  • At 8/13/2009 2:30 pm, Blogger SydneyGal said…

    Hand-milked salmon roe? The mind boggles ...

  • At 8/14/2009 1:44 am, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Kay - I was thinking of you! And I didn't get a chance to try the star apple but it did look very exotic.

    Hi SydneyGal - I've seen handmilking of salmon roe before - they put them under mild anaesthetic and gently squeeze the eggs out. A little more info here. It means they don't have to kill the fish and can milk them once a year for 3-4 years.

  • At 8/14/2009 5:35 pm, Blogger Simon Leong said…

    wow this looks like an awesome event. i didn't even hear about it.

  • At 8/15/2009 7:35 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Simon Food Favourites - It's quite a big event. I am on their mailing list too :)

  • At 8/16/2009 1:17 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hee hee did u try the grubs? You prob seen but this is too much awesome ^^! BEAR GRYLLSSS much love http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uj9CysSSsps

  • At 8/16/2009 10:14 pm, Anonymous Trisha said…

    Oh everything looks like an indulgent treat! I can't even begin to imagine how incredible everything is! Well everything... except for maybe the grubs. Hihihi!

  • At 8/16/2009 10:18 pm, Blogger Lilia said…

    Seem Zumbo was a bit tense in that photo?

  • At 8/17/2009 1:51 am, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi FFichiban - lol. They weren't available for taste-testing but if they were you know I definitely would have! And omg, the video was so gross!

    Hi Trisha - I think everyone did a great job merchandising their products, and the grubs were very compelling to look at!

    Hi Lilia - I think he was just concentrating on the conversation :)


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