Mornington Worlds Longest Lunch with Josh Tirent

With over 20 Regional World's Longest Lunches spanning across the state, this is your opportunity to sit side by side with the producers amongst the land from where the food is grown. Get out of town, feast on freshly harvested local produce while you meet and connect with chefs, farmers, growers and winemakers and enjoy an afternoon with friends.

The Mornington World's Longest Lunch is set to be a great day out. Josh Tirant is a country boy. Raised in the Yarra Valley he began working in the kitchen of a country house at just 12 years of age, it was here that he gained a passion for the use of fine produce. The regions abundance of unprocessed, high quality fresh ingredients combined with exposure to some of the country’s best wines, lead him on a path of culinary creativity.

Time spent with the Sofitel Hotel Group, Brighton Baths and Windows on the Bay in senior kitchen positions gave Josh the opportunity to create honest and exciting dishes in a variety of international cuisine styles, influenced by classic French & English chef’s.

Today he has a passion for ‘keeping it local’. In his own words “I have a love of delicate flavours with floral essences and unprocessed fresh ingredients. It means letting ingredients find their natural balance and allowing food to taste of itself.”

Moving to the Mornington Peninsula two years ago, with his young family has allowed him to form relationships with local farmers and producers, using the freshest of product again and combining it with the Flinders Hotel team that are also passionately creative about what they put on the plate.

A number of years ago, Josh was awarded the youngest recipient of a Chef’s Hat (as awarded by The Age Good Food Guide) in Australia at 19 years of age, then at 24 as the youngest Executive Chef within the Sofitel Hotel group.

Josh will showcase the flavours of the Mornington Peninsula at Mornington’s World’s Longest Lunch event on Friday 31 March. Complemented by five of the region’s best wineries including Polperro, Montalto, Prancing Horse Estate, Quealy and Merricks General Wine Store.

This event is just one of 24 Regional World’s Longest Lunches taking place in spectacular locations across the state on the opening day of the Festival. View them all.