Introducing The Chef Collective

Photo: Joel Alderson and Adam Liston, Borrowed Space

Seven of Melbourne’s hottest chefs have been brought together by Melbourne Food and Wine Festival to form The Chef Collective. Overlooking the city skyline at The Immersery: Festival Kitchen, Bar & Raingarden, each chef will create dishes for the water-inspired menu, matched to premium Victorian wines.

Meet the chefs:

Joel Alderson & Adam Liston, Borrowed Space (Melbourne, Australia)

Borrowed Space is the unique concept of two young chefs Joel Alderson (ex The Brix) and Adam Liston (ex The Commoner) specifically aimed at innovative pop-ups and transformative urban spaces.

Florent Gerardin, Silo by Joost (Melbourne, Australia)

Florent ‘Flo’ Gerardin has cooked alongside star chefs Joel Robuchon, Alain Ducasse and Shannon Bennett in a career that’s taken him from his home of La Rochelle on the west coast of France, to Paris, Austria, Singapore and now Melbourne.

Jesse Gerner, Añada, Bomba (Melbourne, Australia)

Inspired by Spanish flavours, the communal spirit of shared-dining and locavore philosophies, Jesse has a love of fresh, seasonal food that is honest, flavoursome and superbly executed.

Rachel Reed & Hamish Nugent, Tani Eat & Drink (Bright, Victoria)

Hamish and Rachel were both exposed to many aspects of the food chain growing up which has cemented a strong emphasis on local, seasonal and ethical produce. Their contemporary provincial style has paid off having just won New Regional Restaurant of the Year in The Age Good Food Guide 2014.

Daniel Wilson, Huxtable, Huxtaburger (Melbourne, Australia)

Kiwi-born and Melbourne-loved, Daniel’s approach at Huxtable is fine-dining at its understated best. He’s now taking the city by storm by giving the humble burger the attention it deserves with three Huxtaburgers across Melbourne.

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