Autumn Seasonal Lunch

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The highly anticipated – and always delicious - Hunter Culinary Association (HCA) Autumn Seasonal Lunch has taken a sweet turn this year with a new partnership bringing all the pleasures of baking to the plate at the stunning Elements Restaurant and Bar at Mercure Hunter Valley Gardens Resort, Pokolbin.

 Partnering with leading European food wholesaler Eustralis, the HCA is not only offering a mouth-watering chocolate demonstration at its first event in 2019, but has also added an exciting new scholarship to its offering of scholarships supporting up-and-coming local talent.

 A supplier of ready-to-bake products and essential ingredients for pastry chefs, cooks and catering companies, Eustralis has recently established a partnership with the Hunter Culinary Association. As part of that Partnership Eustralis has provided a scholarship opportunity for an experienced or aspiring pastry chef.

Guests at the lunch will be treated to an amazing chocolate demonstration from Eustralis pastry chef Jeremie Mantelin, who has worked as a pastry chef in France and Australia alongside noted chefs like Tony Bilson and Adrian Zumbo. His French cheffing pedigree takes in the Hotel San Regis and the three Michelin Star-rated Jacques Marcon in Paris.

 Following the demonstration, guests will be treated to a three-course meal highlighting the seasonal produce of autumn, prepared by Elements’ Executive Chef Michael Watson, complemented by a selection of beverages provided by Peter Drayton Wines and Ironbark Hill brewery. The event will be rounded out with an incredible chocolate-based desert showcasing Eustralis product.

 HCA Chairman Gus Maher said the new partnership significantly broadened what the Hunter Culinary Association was able to offer its Members and the industry.

 ‘Eustralis bring to us their culinary expertise in a very specialised field, which we are confident will provide a great benefit. That benefit at lunch will be chocolate in all of its wonderful glory!”

 Eustralis Sales Manager Greg Bonneau said he was thrilled to be partnering with the HCA.

 ‘The type of industry exposure enabled by scholarships and events such as this can make a huge difference to a chef’s career development and we are as passionate as the HCA is about guiding and empowering the Hunter’s aspiring chefs through mentoring and knowledge.’


 Date: 9 April 2019.

Time: 11.30am – 3pm.

Location: Mercure Hunter Valley Gardens Resort, Pokolbin.

Cost: $100 for HCA members, $130 for non-members and $30 for apprentice chefs. 

To book contact Angela at Hunter Culinary Association –

Gus Maher