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Celebrity chefs sizzle at Beef2024

Published 06 May 2024

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Two icons of Australian cooking kicked off the Celebrity Chef Program at Beef2024 in Rockhampton today, with Justine Schofield showcasing the versatility and dynamic flavours of Wagyu beef, while Matt Golinski tested his MC skills before cooking up a storm tonight.

Ms Schofield did the honours of opening the Celebrity Chef Restaurant for today’s lunchtime sitting, presented by AgTrade and Paradigm Foods, the first of nine celebrity cooking demonstrations to be held at the venue throughout the week.

The Masterchef season one favourite dished up three courses of succulent Wagyu from Central Queensland and Northern New South Wales, including a show-stopping eye fillet with bearnaise sauce and crispy kipfler potatoes to round out her engaging demonstration.

It was all part of a stacked lineup of food and entertainment on Beef2024 Brighter Super People’s Day, with thousands enjoying the Labour Day public holiday at the largest beef event in the Southern Hemisphere.

Attending Beef2024 for the first time, Justine Schofield told the lunch attendees she really didn’t know what to expect.

“I did not realise it would be so big,” she said.

“It’s just huge and an absolutely incredible beef expo.”

Justine said making a carpaccio using Central Queensland produced Senku Pure Wagyu beef for her first course was the perfect introduction to raw beef.

“The beef has an incredible savoury flavour of a Caesar style sauce and anchovies, which is a perfect pair with beef, and has beautiful shavings of parmesan and crispy capers,” she said.

As Troy Cassar-Daley takes to the Ergon Network stage tonight for the Brighter Super People’s Day concert, Matt Golinski will step up to the Celebrity Chef Restaurant for the dinner sitting.

The Ready Steady Cook alumnus will dish up a first course of smoked Angus sirloin carpaccio, finger lime, macadamias, Davidson plum and saltbush, followed by a sherry braised short rib with eggplant, Arbequina olive tapenade and red pepper sauce.

His final course will delight guests with a slow roasted Wagyu tri-tip, celeriac, exotic mushrooms, Stanthorpe black truffle butter and sorrel.

Beef Australia CEO, Simon Irwin, said the Celebrity Chef Program is always a highlight on Beef Australia’s calendar.

“What sets this event’s Celebrity Chef Program apart from previous years is its diverse range of domestic and international chefs, all of whom have garnered global acclaim for their exceptional skills, unique culinary perspectives, and dedication to using the finest Australian beef,” Mr Irwin said.

“Set in the heart of Beef2024 in Centre Ring, the Celebrity Chef Restaurant has patrons seated up close and personal with top Australian and international celebrity chefs as they showcase their artistry, culinary techniques, and unique yet delicious beef recipes in a live lunch or dinner cooking demonstration, all while enjoying a beautifully curated three-course beef meal.

“The Celebrity Chef Program is also featuring free cooking demonstrations across the week, a fantastic program option for those attending with the family looking to witness these culinary experts in action, cooking live on stage in a more casual setting.”

2023 Australia Chef of the Year, Tom Hitchcock, will plate up tomorrow’s lunch sitting while renowned British chef, John Torode MBE, will deliver the dinner demonstration.

Miguel Maestre, Hayden Quinn, Andy Hearnden, Jess Pryles, Mark Olive, and Beef2018 crowd favourite, Iron Chef Sakai, will all be appearing at the Celebrity Chef Restaurant throughout the week.

For more information on the Beef2024 Celebrity Chef Program, visit the Beef Australia website.

Beef Australia is proudly presented by the Australian Government and the Queensland Government.

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