Italy’s top chef will heat up Crave Sydney

Some of the best chefs in the world are heading to Sydney in October for the annual Crave Sydney International Food Festival. They include two of the top five chefs from the recently announced World’s 50 Best Restaurants list as well as a host of local food stars.

Italy’s top chef Massimo Bottura will be a star attraction at Crave Sydney

Highlights of the World Chef Showcase events: Massimo Bottura, the highest-ranked chef in Italy and #5 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list 2012, Jordi Roca from Spain (ranked second in the world) and best-selling author Tessa Kiros (Venezia, Twelve, Falling Cloudberries) who is flying in from her home in Tuscany.  Bottura creates his food in Modena, where he  is quoted as saying: “Being avant-garde doesn’t always mean pushing ahead. It can also mean stopping, reflecting, taking two steps backwards, if it’s necessary. A step to the side and three steps ahead. Because you need to choose the right paths in order to project yourself towards the future.”

They will be joined by Antonio Carluccio, star of SBS TV’s Two Greedy Italians and multi-award winning chef and author; plus Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar in New York, America’s 2012 Rising Star of the Year and the queen of cookie dough.

The most highly-ranked Italian chefs in Sydney – including Giovanni Pilu (Pilu at Freshwater), Alessandro Pavoni (Ormeggio) and Nino Zoccali (Pendolino) will join food artisans from around Australia and well-known Aussie chefs Matt Moran, star of MasterChef and owner of Aria and Chiswick, and Mark Best (ranked #61 in the world).

“Italian food is everyone’s favourite. But what do we know about the latest trends in Italy? This is a chance to find out,” said festival director Joanna Savill. “Along with Gabriele Bonci, the best pizza chef in Rome, and Roberto Petza, a wonderful Michelin-starred chef from Sardinia, we will put Sydney’s great Italian food culture on show.”

The night noodle markets in Hyde Park are hugely popular at Crave Sydney

There’s plenty more to the month-long festival, with a feast of more than 500 events across Sydney and regional New South Wales throughout October. These include Barbecue Madness (October 6), the Night Noodle Markets (October 8-12 and 15-19) and longtime favourites such as Let’s Do Lunch and Hats Off dinners at leading Sydney restaurants. Greater Sydney and regional NSW will also go on show, staging festivals with themes as diverse as South American, Vietnamese, Indian and of course, Italian. The noodle markets are hugely popular, although quite why you would go through the hassle of fighting your way through these massive crowds and waiting in queues for a $10 dish of noodles served with with a plastic fork  is a mystery to me.

Anyway, Crave Sydney International Food Festival (October 1 – 31) is a celebration of extraordinary food experiences, celebrating Sydney as a global dining destination enhanced by regional New South Wales produce and wine. The full Crave Sydney International Food Festival program will be published on August 18 on the website Tickets for the World Chef Showcase are on sale now from Ticketmaster.

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