Celebrity chef Gary Mehigan has given foodies from around the globe a taste of Bundaberg, demonstrating the versatility of macadamia nuts at one of South Africa’s top culinary events.
The former Master Chef judge was the headline guest at this year’s Appetite Fest in Pretoria and used the platform to showcase some premium Australian products, including raw nuts from Macadamias Australia.
Before stepping on the main stage in Time Square on Friday, Mr Mehigan took to Instagram to thank Macadmias Australia Director Janelle Gerry.
“Macadamias Australia, all the way from Queensland. If you’ve never had macadamias straight off the tree – they’re unbelievable,” Mr Mehigan said.
Ms Gerry said she was delighted Macadamias Australia could be involved in the three-day multicultural food event.
“The event brings foodies, home cooks, aspiring chefs, pastry artists together from around the world. We can’t wait to see what Gary has created with our macadamias,” she said.
Ms Gerry said Mr Mehigan invited Macadmias Australia to participate, after he was introduced to their Bundaberg-grown nuts by fellow celebrity chef Alistair MacLeod.
“Alistair visited our farm as part of Taste Bundaberg earlier this year, and next thing I knew I received a surprise message from Gary. Of course we said yes,” she said.
Mr Mehigan was joined at Appetite Fest by Matt Preston, George Calombaris, Shannon Bennet and 2018 Master Chef winner Sashi Cheliah.