Meat & Livestock Australia beef degustation @ Assiette

Meat & Livestock Australia presents

A beef degustation dinner from Warren Turnbull & Co.

Monday 11th April 2011

Beef and ale pie – Sarah Hobbs
White Rabbit Dark Ale, Healesville, Victoria

Achiote and tequila cured beef knuckle wiht pozole rojo – Anna Fedeles
Bodegas Hidalgo ‘Faraon’ Oloroso, Jerez Spain

Seared Sirloin, buttered roots, horseradish and wakame – Cathy Xiao Chen
Kidiozumi Hakugyuokuko ‘Yamahai Nama’ Sake, Chiba, Japan

Thai beef salad with mint, peanuts and chilli dressing – Warren Turnbull, Assiette
2009 Chahelm ‘3 Vineyards’ Pinot Gris, Oregon, USA

Beef satay with spicy peanut sauce, rice cake and herb salad – Ellie Hoeve
2009 Domaine Sigales Asirtiko/Athiri, Santorini, Greece

Scotch fillet with Mohrabiyeh – Fouad Kassab
2009 Domaine Sigales Asirtoko/Athiri, Santorini, Greece

Pulled beef and pine mushroom cannelloni – Trina So
2009 Cairanne, Domaine Marcel Richaud, Rhone Valley

Braised beef in coffee with brandied cumquats and onion milk – Rebecca Varidel
2009 Cairanne, Domaine Marcele Richaud, Rhone Valley

Slow braised brisket with cauliflower cream and Pedro Ximenez muscatels – Bridget Davis2009 Sami Odi Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia

Citrus terrine with yoghurt sorbet and poached rhubarb – Soren Lascelles, Assiette2002 Blue Pyranees ‘Cuvee Riche’, Pyranees, Victoria

The invitation from Meat & Livestock Australia was to participate in a Paddock to Plate experience, with Assiette’s Warren Turnbull. It was just sensational with Chef Warren Turnbull personally selecting our steer from the Crookwell beef property of Alison McIntosh then Sydney star butcher Anthony Puharich of Vic’s Meats and Victor Churchill supervising the butchering into our allocated cuts.

I’m so glad I could make it and got a chance to meet some of the other Sydney bloggers and to try their marvellous dishes. It was a phenomenal experience working with Chef Warren Turnbull (who I later found out funnily enough doesn’t drink coffee – so initially “struggled” with my choice of dish). As it turned out the beef degustation ended up representing the world of cuisine – literally – as the eight bloggers drew upon inspiration from their own heritage and from new areas of exploration. Assiette was the perfect choice for this dinner for another reason as the international influence of our special Sydney bloggers menu was paired by some incredible international wine matches from the Kidiozumi Hugyuokuko sake to the 2009 Pittnauer Blaufrankisch Rose to the 2002 Blue Pyranees ‘Cuvee Riche’ Pyranees Victoria to end our evening.

I was really excited seeing our ideas and recipes come to life. Here’s the recipe for my Braised beef in coffee with brandied cumquats and onion milk from the previous article on Inside Cuisine. And talking afterwards with some of the other bloggers it seemed that everyone had the time of their lives.

Meat & Livestock Australia

Restaurant Assiette
48 Albion Street
Surry Hills 2010 Australia
+61 2 9212 7979

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5 Responses to “Meat & Livestock Australia beef degustation @ Assiette”

  1. Tony Hollingsworth says:
    April 12, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Oh those photographs are stunning Becca! Thanks for sharing this – it looked an amazing event.

  2. The Foodologist says:
    April 12, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Great work Rebecca. I would have loved to have been there for this one. The dishes looked wonderful and it looks like you all had a great time. Also lovely to see dishes dedicated to different cuts.

  3. Lisa G says:
    April 13, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Lovely article, amazing pics! Wow, it looks incredible.

  4. Forager @ The Gourmet Forager says:
    April 17, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Loved your dish – and the contrasting tender beef and crispiness of the brique pastry. Gorgeous! And good to see you again too!

    • Rebecca Varidel
      Rebecca Varidel says:
      April 18, 2011 at 12:51 am

      what can I say Trina – I thought the same of your intelligent and innovative dish – which was why pulled beef got a tweet tweet on the night!!

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