The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Legends Program honours people, who have given a lifetime of passion and outstanding dedication to the food and wine industry. MFWF Legends are professionals who have enriched and contributed to the vibrant food and wine culture in Victoria through making a significant difference to the way the industry operates and how Victorians eat and drink. We warmly congratulate the new inductees for 2012:
Food Producer inductees:
Carla Meurs and Ann-Marie Monda from Holy Goat
These two ladies lovingly create organic goats’ cheese at Sutton Grange Organic Farm, they produce the highest quality farmhouse cheese with a commitment to the ethical treatment of animals and quality organic farming principles and have made an exceptional contribution to regional Victoria.
The Communicator inductee:
One of Australia’s most respected chefs and restaurateurs, Neil is a fierce ambassador of fresh and local produce but is also at the forefront of all things meat and fire. He possesses an infectious ability to encourage people to cook, and covers the entire spectrum with countless cookbooks, newspaper columns and television programs as well as overseeing seven restaurants around the country.
The Vigneron inductee:
Planting his first vines in 1982, Garry was a pioneer in introducing new grape varietals to Victoria including barbera, nebbiolo, dolcetto and sangiovese. His commitment to the development of the Mornington Peninsula wine region has been an inspiration for many Australian winemakers.
Chef and Restaurateur inductee:
Anthony Lui from Flower Drum
An executive chef for over 25 years and owner since 2003, Anthony leads the renaissance of one of Melbourne’s most iconic restaurants. He is a strong promoter of Victorian produce and has earned a string of national and international accolades over the years including:
-Restaurant of the Year from The Age Good Food Guide
-Recognition on the S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list
Homegrown Hero inductee:
A lifetime enthusiast for all things food and wine, Terry established himself on the international stage as an influential restaurant critic and a well-loved food writer and author. Now Living in Sydney but a Melburnian at heart, he is a firm advocate of the emotional power of food and travels the world in search of new flavours.
HOSTPLUS Trailblazer Award:
Ben Shewry from Attica
Ben is Executive chef at the highest-scoring Melbourne restaurant on the 2011 S.Pellegrino World’s 100 Best Restaurants and currently The Age Good Food Guide Restaurant of the Year. He is an exceptionally creative and determined young chef who has built his international reputation on a deep respect for his surrounding environment, hand-foraged wild ingredients and original innovation that fuses emotion and narrative on the plate.
Catch Ben at Theatre of Ideas this Saturday