Tuesday, October 4th, 2011
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 five 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 Andrew McConnell, Executive Chef and co-owner of Melbourne’s Cutler & Co. Dining Room & Bar will be joining the 2012 tour.

Opening in 2009, Cutler & Co reflects Andrew’s international and Australian fine dining experience and his passion for exceptional, often unusual, seasonal produce. The restaurant has received Restaurant of the Year awards from both Australian Gourmet Traveller and The Age Good Food Guide.

Andrew is also Executive Chef and co-owner of Cumulus Inc., an eating house and bar in Melbourne’s CBD which opened in 2008. Cumulus Inc. is acclaimed for both its food and a stylish, understated atmosphere.

Andrew’s latest venture is Golden Fields. Located in St Kilda, the restaurant and bar incorporates Andrew’s experience working in Shanghai and Hong Kong. Golden Fields serves Asian focused small plates and shared dishes in a clever and considered space featuring an open kitchen and full length marble bar.

Andrew McConnell was raised in Melbourne and he has had Executive Chef appointments in England, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

“I am really excited to be part of the 2012 Tastes of Burgundy Tour. Visiting artisan producers in rural France at this time of year is incredibly exciting for any chef, Andrew McConnell.”

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 days”, 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.

The non-cooking days will be packed full of trips and experiences including; barrel tastings in a stunning 14th century cellar; a visit to local artisan farm – one of France’s finest produces of cherve, and the must see Hospice of Beaune.

Participants will also dine in restaurants ranging from small bistros to the stunning Abbaye de la Bussiere, a former monastery, now Relais & Chateaux accommodation and Michelin-star gastronomic restaurant and bistro. A farewell degustation dinner created by the talented hands of Chef de Cuisine, Eric Pras, and his team at the famous three-star Michelin restaurant, Lameloise in Chagny, will conclude the week savoring the Tastes Of Burgundy.

Fine food and wine aficionados will delight in eight days of sumptuous local food and wine in Burgundy with their chosen chef, whilst cooking and residing at a stunning 18th century chateau just outside the village of Meursault. The chateau is set in 6-hectare parklands, complimented by traditional antique décor, a sunny outside terrace and in-ground swimming pool.

The week is all-inclusive, from first arrival and pick-up in Le Creusot, seven nights accommodation in a beautiful chateau, cooking classes, cultural visits, transport for the week, all meals, wine, champagne and the return transfer to Le Creusot for onward travel. All Inclusive Tour - AUD$9,000 per person.

“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.

Serge Dansereau from one of Sydney’s best and Australia’s most acclaimed eating establishments, The Bathers’ Pavilion on Sydney’s Balmoral Beach; 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.

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