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Jackson Gilmour to work with Aussie chefs to promote Australian food experiences to the Brits

Jackson Gilmour executive chef, Joyce O’Hagan (left) and her team prepare food for a Gala Dinner at Australia House last year
Jackson Gilmour is teaming up with six high-profile celebrity chefs as part of an ambitious plan by Tourism Australia to promote Australian food and wine experiences to affluent lang haul travellers in the UK. “Restaurant Australia” will be created at Australia House for six consecutive nights from 22-27 September with a different renowned Australian chef flown in for each night. Jackson Gilmour will work with each chef to create a stunning dining experience which celebrates the rich and diverse food and wine available throughout Australia.

UK-based Rachel O’Sullivan (Lardo and Coppa), Skye Gyngell (Spring at Somerset House) and Luke Rayment (The Mondrian) are among the chefs headlining the event along with Maggie Beer, Matt Stone and Shannon Bennett who have carved out high profile restaurant, TV and publishing careers in Australia.

Joyce O’Hagan, Jackson Gilmour’s executive chef, has worked with some of these chefs before as part of Jackson Gilmour’s long-term relationship catering for the prestigious annual Australia Day Gala which takes place at Australia House every January. This experience is likely to prove useful as the venue provides some interesting challenges including having no kitchen; Jackson Gilmour will be building a temporary one in the reception area for the week. 

Emma Humphreys who is part of the team co-ordinating the operation at Australia House is pleased to have Jackson Gilmour on board: “Jackson Gilmour come to us highly recommended by many of the staff here at Australia House who have worked with Joyce and her team before. Jackson Gilmour also received high praise from many of the high profile celebrity chefs who have combined forces with them over the years. Creating six unique restaurant experiences on consecutive days of a week at this venue is a logistical challenge so we are delighted to be in such safe hands with our catering partner.”

Tickets for this unique experience will cost £100 per person per night and are being sold through Tourism Australia’s media partnership with The Mail on Sunday. As well as the 150 paying guests, there will be a mix of invited guests including Aussie celebs, Friends of Australia and Tourism Australia Business partners. Each night one guest will walk away with a business class holiday in Australia for two people. 

Pictured: Jackson Gilmour executive chef, Joyce O’Hagan (left) and her team prepare food for a Gala Dinner at Australia House last year

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