The Melbourne Food & Wine Festival is in mid-March 2011, but pre-release tickets are already available for the special chef dinners, where a world class chef is flown in from another part of the world and set to work in a Melbournian restaurant to bring something special to the punters in Australia.
The highlight has certainly got to be Thorsten Schmidt, of Mailing & Schmidt in Denmark, who has even been compared to Heston Blumenthal! Thorsten will be cooking at Attica, which is a must eat-at even on a normal night. Sadly, tickets to this dinner sold out on the first day, even at $295 a pop.
However, I've managed to secure spots to Jun Yukimura, of the 3 Michelin-starred Azabu Yukimura restaurant in Tokyo, cooking at Koko; Zak Pelaccio, of the Fatty Crab and Fatty 'Cue restaurants in New York (lots of fat - love it!), cooking at Longrain, and Atul Kochhar, the first Indian chef to win a Michelin star, of Benares in London, who's cooking at Breezes.
I'm still trying to work out whether to go for a full-day (or even a full-weekend) masterclass on top of that.
March next year is certainly going to be busy!