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Good Food Month – Yotam Ottolenghi Brunch

“A highlight of Good Food Month was the Mediterranean brunch that featured celebrity chefs; Yotam Ottolenghi, Karen Martini and Shane Delia. Hosted at Aerial in Docklands, it was a feast fit for a king.”

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Good Food Month – Yotam Ottolenghi Brunch

Yotam Ottolenghi

“Brunch, for me, is an extended breakfast that should be enjoyed whenever you have time properly to engage in cooking and eating.” – Yotam Ottolenghi

November marks the month of food. The Age’s Good Food Monthpresented by Citi, is part of Australia’s largest food festival. With lots of events around the country, there are a series of venue-based events and offers. You can get the full program here: melbourne.goodfoodmonth.com

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Some good karma came my way, when I was offered a ticket to the sold out Mediterranean Brunch with Yotam Ottolenghi, Shane Delia and Karen Martini. With 450 guests all there to see the masterful Israeli chef, and indulge in a brunch by two local well known and respected chefs, I couldn’t believe my luck. Oh and then there was the part where I got to interview him, along with Dani Venn (ex Masterchef), before the swarms of fans arrived. That post will be up shortly :)

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Set in South Wharf’s newest event venue, Aerial; the queues snaked further than the eye could see to get in the door. Before long, we were all seated (once lots of people had successfully secured a selfie with the man of the hour) and enjoyed the Mediterranean delights from the three chefs.

Confession time; I forgot to photograph most of Shane Delia’s food as I was in the moment and enjoying the food waaaay too much. It’s such a shame really, as his dishes were just sensational. 

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Yotam Ottolenghi Brunch

Shane Delia
Hand made Turkish bread
Fresh ricotta, organic tahini, carob molasses
Olives rolled in fel fel
Pumpkin & cinnamon hummus, chicken, smoked Aleppo pepper, cashew
Braised beans and saffron, Lebanese sausage, sumac hobez
 
Karen Martini
Spiced saffron scones with a date lemon preserve & an orange blossom labneh
Sumac potatoes with cornichons, fresh herbs, crème fraiche, fried quail eggs & pickled veal tongue
Lamb & almond mini pastry
 
Yotam Ottolenghi
Tomato & roasted lemon salad
Crushed puy lentils, tahini & cumin
Cauliflower cakes with salbitxada sauce
Banana bread with tahini and honeycomb
 
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Stand out dishes for me were Shane Delia’s pumpkin and cinnamon hummus, which Yotam said he also loved, despite being a slight purist when it comes to hummus. I also loved the braised beans with Lebanese sausage by Shane. 

Karen’s potatoes with pickled veal tongue was delicious, along with her soft saffron scones.

Yotam’s dishes from his new cookbook were all fantastic. I loved the tartness of the tomato and roasted lemon salad, but I love, love, loved, the sweet, saltiness of the banana bread with tahini and honeycomb <3

I’m off to try and make some friands from his new book, Plenty More. Stay tuned for the interview that I was lucky enough to do :)

Thank you once again to Haystac and Citi for this incredible opportunity :)

Iron Chef Shellie attended the Yotam Ottolenghi Brunch thanks to Haystac and Citi

 


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8 comments on “Good Food Month – Yotam Ottolenghi Brunch
  1. Lizzy (Good Things) - November 3, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Wow, you were very lucky indeed to be hosted for this event! The Sydney one was great too.

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  2. Daisy@Nevertoosweet - November 3, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    STUNNING photos as always and I am SO SO SO jealous that you go to dine with the one and only Ottolenghi and try his dishes because usually we’d have to catch a plane to London before we can try :) Think I’m going to put his book on my Christmas wish list!

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  3. Gourmet Getaways - November 4, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    What an eventful opportunity you got, Shellie! And look at all the food!!!

    Gourmet Getaways xx

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  4. Keren @ Just One More Spoon - November 4, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Amazing view! I love Yotam Ottolengh!!! Sounds like you had a marvellous time there Shellie.

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  5. Tania @My Kitchen stories - November 4, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Mega exciting….and all before lunch time. Cant wait for your interview

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  6. Cara @ Gourmet Chick - November 5, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Gorgeous pics – takes me straight back to that amazing food. Weren’t we both lucky ducks? Such a treat to taste a menu created by three such fabulous chefs. I think we have a few of the same favourites.

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  7. Ling - November 6, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Loving the sound of this pumpkin and cinnamon hommus.
    Off to google and i’m glad you were able to attend!

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