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Thursday 1 December 2016

Talent unveiled for Tasmania's Festivale event

Simon Bryant, star of  The Cook and the Chef TV series, has been signed as the star attraction for the Festivale food and wine festival in Tasmania early next year. 

He will host a lunch at Stillwater in Launceston on Friday, February 10, while other festival attractions include 75 food and beverage stands, and entertainment including TaxiRide, The Badloves, James Morrison and Adam Brand.

Bryant’s 25-year-career includes cooking in Thai, Indian and award-winning fine dining restaurants, as well as a brief stretch as a butcher. 

From 2003-2010 he was executive chef at the Hilton in Adelaide and from 2006 to 2009 co-hosted ABC TV's hit show The Cook and the Chef with food icon Maggie Beer. 

Bryant is the author of Vegies and the newly released Vegetables, Grains & Other Good Stuff published by Penguin Lantern, with both books including a collection of seasonal vegetarian recipes. 

He is also a providore of single origin non-GM Australian foods and believes in using his profile to highlight ethical food issues, including paying fair prices to producers for ethically produced food; using local, seasonal, fresh ingredients with minimal environmental impact; the responsible and culturally appropriate use of Australian native foods; and, in particular, the ethical treatment of animals in the food chain. 

Working Stillwater executive chef Craig Will and his team, Bryant will design and cook a lunch menu showcasing Tasmanian produce. Each course will be matched with a glass of Goaty Hill wine.

Lunch tickets are on sale from Ticketbooth and Festivale runs from February 10-12 in Launceston's City Park. 

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