Tom Milligan, Le Cordon Bleu.
Tom Milligan, Le Cordon Bleu. Glenn Hunt

Enjoy fine cuisine at Australia's biggest French fest

SOUTH Bank takes on a French theme from July 5-7 with the annual Le Festival giving locals a chance to get a real taste of France with over 50 exhibitors showcasing gourmet food, fashion, travel and language.

This year Le Cordon Bleu, a leading culinary school with Parisian roots, has further joined forces with Le Festival to showcase the unique and exciting traditions of French culture.

Le Cordon Bleu Australia COO Rudi Scheel said their involvement highlights the importance of food in French culture.

"We are delighted to continue our close association with the largest French festival in Australia to inspire visitors to explore and enjoy French cuisine and the unique culture,” Scheel said.

The three-day program includes opportunities to discover your inner gourmand, create a watercolour masterpiece, develop your knowledge of French wine, cheese and champagne and even make your own perfume to take home.

Award-winning chef, Tom Milligan of Le Cordon Bleu Australia, will conduct three workshops at the festival - Epic Truffle Masterclass, Indulgent Caviar Masterclass and Breakfast Baking for Budding Young Chefs.

"Both of our truffle and caviar masterclasses will be run in conjunction with Brisbane's fine food and wine's retailer The Truffle Man,” Milligan said.

"Attendees will learn how to properly cook with truffles and properly serve caviar, taste test a medley of different dishes containing the much-loved delicacies and take home recipe cards and gifts courtesy of Le Cordon Bleu - all while enjoying connoisseur selected wine of course.

"The great thing about our masterclasses is we always see a few future students come out of them. As well as full-time and part-time diplomas, Le Cordon Bleu have a great range of one or two-day short courses for the home chef looking to sharpen their skills.

"Brisbane has an exciting gastronomical scene that is rapidly evolving - there are some great chefs and restaurateurs running amazing restaurants.

"A few of my favourites are Restaurant Dan Arnold in the Valley, Montrachet on King Street, La Cache a Vin in Spring Hill and Lutece in Bardon.

"Dan Arnold, Shannon Kellam, Thierry Galichet and Romain Bapst are all trailblazing chefs whose techniques and clever uses of food are inspiring plus the genuine respect they have for local produce and ingredients makes for incredible dining experiences.”

For more details on Le Cordon Bleu Le Festival, go to

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