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The Curated Plate - Culinary Festival

14th March 2019

The Curated Plate is a foodie's dream come true, celebrating four days redefining regional dining on the spectacular Sunshine Coast. 

When you’re a foodie at heart, there’s nothing quite as tasty as a festival dedicated to sampling local delicacies. This August, Queensland’s scenic Sunshine Coast will welcome food lovers from far and wide to Australia’s newest and most talked about food festival; The Curated Plate.

A four-day celebration of the Sunshine Coast’s extraordinary bounty, The Curated Plate focuses on the synergy between producer and chef. Look forward to culinary events that highlight unique regionally cultivated, expertly plated flavours from their beginnings right through to your first fabulous bite. Simply put, this is a prime opportunity to relish exquisite food in its native habitat – the glorious coastline and luscious hinterland of the Sunshine Coast.

The Talent

Food Producers

The Curated Plate aims to highlight the vital role that producers and farmers play in bringing us the delectable dishes we can’t get enough of. Grown, nurtured and delivered with passion, local ingredients from the likes of Walker Seafoods Australia and Wild Forage Australia, among others, will highlight the outstanding produce of the Sunshine Coast.


The finest chefs on the Australian and international dining scene are looking forward to fusing the destination’s luscious produce into mouthfuls that you’ll never forget. Hailing from a variety of backgrounds, each chef will add his or her own influences to flavour your experience at The Curated Plate.

Raymond Blanc: Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons, UK

Raymond Blanc has been honoured with both an OBE in Britain and the equivalent of a knighthood in France thanks to his ground-breaking contributions to the culinary arts. Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons is the only country house hotel in Britain to have retained two Michelin stars for over 30 years.

Zaiyu Hasegawa: Jimbocho Den, Japan Tokyo-born

Chef Zaiyu Hasegawa created a culinary buzz in Tokyo with his two Michelin-starred restaurant Jimbocho Den, which offers a quirky and playful take on Japanese fine dining. Jimbocho Den is currently ranked the number one restaurant in Japan.

Peter Gilmore: Quay / Bennelong, Sydney

Peter Gilmore, who was named Citi Chef of the Year at the 2019 Good Food Guide Awards, is one of Australia’s most awarded chefs. He’s been at the helm of Quay since 2001, which has been awarded three Chef Hats for an unprecedented 16 consecutive years.

Clayton Wells: Automata / A1 Canteen, Sydney

Before opening his own heavily awarded restaurants, Automata and A1 Canteen, Clayton Wells’ resumé boasted three-hatted Quay and Momofuku Seiõbo, two-hatted Tetsuya’s and London’s Michelin-starred Viajante. He is revered as one of the best chefs in Australia.

Fine Dining & Feature Events

The Curated Plate’s four-day program runs from 8 to 11 August 2019 and is packed with alluring events that will ensure your plate is always delightfully full. Each event offers much more than a meal; look forward to an afternoon or evening designed to help you savour your food on a level you never imagined.

The Legends Lunch | August 8

Australia’s Peter Gilmore will be join forces with special guest chefs to deliver a lavish, three-course lunch. Soak up the stunning surrounds of the Hinterland’s Yandina Station as you sip on a selection of wines that are carefully paired with the moutherwatering menu.

Seasonal Stars | August 8

Relish a four-course dinner and paired wines, designed and delivered by worldfamous Raymond Blanc and Australianbased prodigies Alejandro Cancino and Troy Rhoades-Brown. What better place to linger over dinner than Mooloolaba Beach?

A Hinterland Harvest | August 9

Soak up the stunning vistas at Weddings at Tiffany’s, the ideal setting for a fourcourse lunch prepared by world-famous Raymond Blanc. Joining him in the kitchen is progressive Sydney chef Nelly Robinson and plant-based champion Alejandro Cancino.

Wild Forage Dining | August 9

Join renowned chefs Zaiyu Hasegawa, Chase Kojima and Matt Stone as they prepare an incredible four-course menu that highlights wild, regional produce and the finest of local ingredients.

Spicers Den | August 10

Zaiyu Hasegawa joins Daniel Jarrett to offer a divine five-course dinner with matching wines at Jarrett’s stunning restaurant, The Tamarind. The pair will collaborate on an exciting menu that will fuse the best expressions of their talents in an unforgettable dining experience.

A Regional Evolution | August 10

Clayton Wells of Automata and A1 Canteen joins local Nick Blake for this lip-smacking event. Nick is the owner of Wild Forage Australia and has scoured the Sunshine Coast for enticing ingredients to add to this four-course menu. It’s a very pleasant reminder that fresh, local produce equates to exquisite, authentic food.

Feijoa Fiesta | August 11

Relax amid the ambience of an idyllic afternoon at Australia’s first certified organic feijoa farm. The substantial grazing menu and paired wines celebrate the unique flavour sensations of this charismatic fruit. Bringing the farm to the table are chefs Clayton Wells, Matt Stone and Darren Robertson.

The Beach Cinema | August 8 –11

Sunset, seaside and cinema… going to the movies never looked so dreamy. Kick back with a beer, burger and bespoke ice-cream by Gelato Messina at Eleanor Shipley Park, which will be transformed into a celebration of film and food each night of the festival.

Food Fair | August 9–11 Who can resist the temptations of a gourmet food market? Sip, smell and sample the best of the Sunshine Coast’s bounty at an array of enticing pop-up stalls at Black Swan Park. Keep your eye out for special appearances and demonstrations by chefs from The Curated Plate’s starstudded line up.

Take me there

Travel Associates is thrilled to be a major event partner of The Curated Plate. With a calendar brimming with foodie dreams come true, our experienced advisors can tailor your trip to the newest event on the Australian food scene. Talk to us about our exclusive packages.