Now in its eighth year, Western Australia Gourmet Escape showcases the Margaret River region’s gastronomical delights and natural beauty, and this year is expanding, adding Perth and the Swan Valley to what’s now a 10-day festival. The jam-packed Margaret River program runs from Friday, November 15 through to Sunday, November 17.
Returning to the festival is David Chang, chef and founder of Momofuku in New York. Revered by foodies around the globe, his multiple accolades include Bon Appetit’s Chef of the Year, five James Beard Awards, which include Outstanding Chef and Best Chef New York City, and, if that wasn’t enough, he was also named GQ’s Man of the Year. He has appeared on Fortune’s 40 Under 40 and Esquire’s list of the Most Influential People of the 21st Century. It’s safe to say he’s well credentialed!
Chang says he’s excited to be returning to Margaret River. “I was lucky enough to join the first ever Gourmet Escape in 2012, so when I was invited back this year, I jumped at the chance to get back to Western Australia. The event brings together some of the best chefs from around the world and gives us the chance to collaborate with local chefs in an incredible setting,” he said.
Before he heads south to Margaret River, Chang will present at the inaugural World Gourmet Symposium, bringing together industry leaders and change-makers from all over the globe to discuss topics that impact and shape the culinary world. “Then I’ll be driving south to the world renowned wine region of Margaret River to host a beach BBQ. I’m really looking forward to working with Australia’s incredible local seafood and produce,” Chang said.