Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 - Tastes of Burgundy
After the resounding success of the Tastes of Burgundy tour 2011, three prominent Australian chefs are set to once again, delight the senses of food and wine enthusiasts with a penchant for French cooking with the Tastes of Burgundy 2012 tour.

Commencing in April 2012, Tastes of Burgundy will run 6 weeks of cooking schools in the iconic gourmet region of eastern France, La Bourgogne (Burgundy). Each Tastes of Burgundy weeklong experience will be individually led by the crème de la crème of the industry;

Tastes of Burgundy is pleased to announce that Serge Dansereau, from one of Sydney’s best and Australia’s most acclaimed eating establishments, Bathers’ Pavilion on Sydney’s Balmoral Beach will be joining the 2012 tour.

An energetic native-born Québécois, Serge Dansereau grew up in Montréal and spent his formative years surrounded by a family whose food skills and example were to leave a lasting impression.

In 1983, Serge accepted a position to help open the newly built Regent, Sydney. The hotel was lead by the visionary Ted Wright, a forward thinker and great hotelier. The Regent, Sydney was consistently voted in the top 10 hotels in the world.

Under his guidance, a new and exciting variety of produce soon surfaced - wild mushrooms, exotic herbs and lettuces, vegetables formerly unheard of, farmhouse cheeses Australians had only read about, unusual seafood, baby lambs, traditional game and a whole new selection of quality of market vegetables. Serge’s reputation as a trendsetting chef was without parallels and his achievements earned the respect of the industry and the general public to this day.

In 1999 he helped design, rebuilt and open the iconic Bathers’ Pavilion. An imposing white building, with an exterior reflecting Moorish architectural influences and distinctive Islamic fretwork, Bathers’ Pavilion includes three Dansereau designed hi-tech kitchens that service a Restaurant, Cafe, Bar, Private Function Rooms, Terrace and Kiosk.

When the astonishingly beautiful and rejuvenated Bathers’ Pavilion opened in August 1999, it almost immediately became one of Sydney’s best and Australia’s most acclaimed restaurants. Serge as the sole owner leads his team of talented chefs and directs the kitchens and the business to maintain its place as an innovative and iconic food destination.

In a country with a worldwide reputation for restaurant excellence, he continues at the forefront. He is considered one of the trendsetting and leading chefs of Australia.

Serge has in the past led many gastronomic tours to France and his deep knowledge makes him an ideal person to enhance everyone’s experience. His last book “French Kitchen†recently received the Award for Best French Cookbook (Australia) at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Paris and each booking for the Taste of Burgundy tour will receive a copy of his cookbook.

“I’m excited to be part of the 2012 Tastes of Burgundy tour and I look forward to help provide one of the best food experiences one could wish for in a superb culinary region and setting ’, says Serge Dansereau.â€

Each of the renowned foodies has signed up to teach the one-week Tastes of Burgundy school experience in April, May and June 2012. Each week will include three “cooking daysâ€, involving market visits (Dijon, Beaune and Chalon or Autun), menu design and afternoon cooking classes, culminating in an exquisite dinner each evening.

The 2011 tour saw illustrious chefs, Christine Manfield and Annie Smithers, lead participants through a culinary journey in Burgundy, with dishes to inspire and stimulate.
“I was thrilled to be part of the inaugural Tastes of Burgundy tour for 2011’, says Christine Manfield of the highly acclaimed Universal Restaurant in Darlinghurst, Sydney. “It was a wonderful culinary and wine experience with myriad taste sensations, the produce is inspiring’ she says.

Andrew McConnell, Executive Chef and co-owner of Melbourne’s Cutler & Co. Dining Room & Bar, Cumulus Inc and the recently opened Golden Fields in Melbourne and Kate Lamont, one of Western Australia’s most successful chefs of Lamont’s restaurant in Perth CBD, Cottesloe and the Margaret River will also be joining the 2012 tour.

Tastes of Burgundy is an opportunity to travel with one of three of Australia’s most acclaimed and recognized chefs to a region of the world that is eponymous for its produce, food and wine.

A complete culinary experience from the beginning to the end.

Visit www.tastesofburgundy.com for more information.

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