Yep, I went to Masterchef Live. After going to Taste Sydney and having such a ball of a time, I thought that it would be fun doing Masterchef.

There was two ‘parts’ to the festival – the ‘show’ part where they do a pressure test ‘live’ and so on, and the festival bit (which is the bit I really love) where you get to see people hawk their wares and try lots of food!!

But first the show.

Matt Preston does his best Zoolander in his Christmas suit.

George Calombaris gets really really excited.

I LOVE Matt Preston’s shoes.

The show was alright – some audience participation in some Masterchef activities, talking with a couple of Junior Masterchef contestants, etc. Nothing too exciting unless you’re an avid Masterchef fan.

But now the fair!!! I tried some lovely cheddar from Ashgrove Tasmanian Farm Cheese.

There was a guy at the booth that I had a really lovely chat with about aging cheese and the different kinds of cheddar. I love cheese. hehe.

Then there was another lovely man from Yael’s Cakes of Distinction.

There was a selection of cakes to sample – Fruit Cake, Chocolate Brownie and Lemon Flan.

The Fruit Cake was moist but relatively light. Great fruit cake, but not particularly special.

The chocolate brownies were divine. Dark and succulent, with a nutty crunch. Yum.

The Lemon Flan was light and fruity, and not too tart. I like too.

Springbok had a selection of biltong for sale.

The mango and chilli wagyu was the most memorable of the lot – the gentle heat of the chilli and the lasting sweetness of the mango laced through chewy dried meat. This is a good one to look out for.

Ocello had a nice selection of cheeses from which to try, including buffalo cheese parmasan!! =) Much ‘drier’ cheese than I’m used to, but a deeper flavour.

The best part of the day really had to be the hands on knife skills and flambe class that was run by the Cheeky Food Group!

Here are the lovely Leona and Daniel who were our instructors of the day – they talked us through proper chopping skills and we even got to flambe our food!!!

And look what I made!

Chicken and capsicum flambe-ed with Malibu Rum, with some coconut milk and chilli. It was so good, I really hate capsicum, but I think that I’d actually eat it in this.

All in all it was a really good day – there was so much free food that I didn’t have to eat anything else all day! I love food, even better if it’s free. (Don’t knock free food okay, you get heaps of variety and often the best of what people have to offer.) 

I’m so going again next year – anyone want to go with me?


  1. KayB December 13, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Those brownies look amazing! I probably would have just sat myself at the cake taste testing stand all day!

  2. Gourmet Getaway December 14, 2010 at 3:06 am

    Looks like great fun, and I agree, free food is the best!! I am on for next year 🙂

  3. Tambourine December 14, 2010 at 11:57 am

    KayB: Those brownies were absolutely awesome. The guy was so nice too!!

    Gourmet Getaway: Free food FTW!!! ooh, gather Cate and we should all go together!

  4. Simon Food Favourites December 14, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    i wish i had more time to do more of the cookery classes. i think i spend too much time sampling the food at the stalls 🙂

  5. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella December 14, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    Hehe it looks like you had a lot of fun! 🙂 I did eat a lot of free food but halfway through my stomach told me that it was very confused (sweet then savoury then sweet lol).


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