The email fluttered into our inbox like a dream.
Our details had been passed on. Peter Gilmore, executive chef at Quay, and Rene Redzepi of Noma fame, would be cooking together at Johnstone’s Kitchen Gardens, the farm which grows much of Quay’s heirloom and organic produce. There would be media and guests attending. An event under the umbrella of Sydney Good Food Month.
Would we be interested in looking after the event so Quay and crew could “just” turn up, cook and serve?
Were we interested?
I don’t think I could type yes eight different ways quickly enough.
A once in a life time event. Here were two of the best chefs in the world, coming together to cook together for the first time.
There was a meeting with the key members of Quay, including PG, a personal food hero. Am I allowed to say I was a little very awestruck? There was a proposal put together with budget. And then there was a yes from Quay.
We were on.
It takes a particular love of a challenge to be beyond excited at the idea of building a kitchen in a field with no power, and no direct access to running water for two of the best chefs in the world, and a guest list featuring some of the best chefs and food writers in the country (Neil Perry, Kylie Kwong, Terry and Jilly Dupleix, and more).
And did I mention we had to build a kitchen to keep two of the very best chefs in the world and their super sharp crews happy at work? In the middle of a strawberry field? No power, no running water? Yes I think I might have.
And we did it.
All of us.
And I don’t just mean us. It was such a privilege and a joy to work with world’s best: Peter Gilmore and his team from Quay, Rene Redzepi and his team from Noma, the ridiculously hard working Tim and Liz Johnstone from Johnstone’s Market Gardens and their team and the fab Liz Hewson from Black Communications.
Can we do it again?
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