Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Jamie Oliver's Fifteen to Tour The Granite Belt

The big smoke is heading our way. The 'Fifteen' Melbourne, a foundation started by global superchef Jamie Oliver that trains troubled youth to become world class chefs, will be visiting the Granite Belt as the competition nears its finale.

The final three will tour Stanthorpe and surrounds as part of the foundation's paddock to plate learning experience. The visit will culminate in a five course charity dinner at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism on Wednesday, July 22. Ballandean Estate, The Bramble Patch, Symphony Hill and Heritage Wines will feature amongst regional producers providing the ingredients for the chef's signature dishes.

This is the first time 'Fifteen' Melbourne has ventured outside its home state of Victoria and the tour is organised by the area's regional tourist organistion. It allows the ambitious chefs the opportunity to learn about the variety and quality of produce available from the Granite Belt. See the College at http://www.granitebeltwinecountry.com.au/accom_result1/queensland-college-of-wine-tourism/