Hilton Brisbane Masterclass Weekend 24 & 25 July

Bookings have opened for the next Hilton Brisbane Masterclass Weekend.

Chocolate, cocktails, pastry, pork from head to tail,  blending spices and Queensland seafood are just a few of the subjects that will be covered in the inspiring program that makes up this year's Masterclass.

Held over the weekend of July 24 and 25, this is the event that first brought world famous chefs Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Nancy Silverton and Gordon Ramsay to Australia.

This year the leading overseas chefs are Michael Caines from the UK who has two Michelin stars for his restaurant Gidleigh Park in Devon and Susur Lee from Toronto, names as one of the top ten chefs of the millennium alongside Pierre Gagnaire and Ferran Adria. Baker Peter Reinhart from the USA will join Masterclass to demonstrate the intricacy of handling sourdough.

Each day offers six hours of sipping and supping with some of the best chefs and winemakers.  You can do one or two days, depending on your stamina. See the full program.

Top of my list is a class with Adriano Zumbo, creator of the pastry challenges for contestants in the 2008 Masterchef series.  He has a bag of goodies for those attending his session to take home - yum!

I'm also lining up for Thomas Schnetzler's Lindt chocolate class which includes a tasting of an amazing selection of petit fours and a take home gift bag of Lindt chocolates.

But I'm starting the day by discovering

Since I've developed a fondness for tapas, it only seems right that I also find out a little more about Spanish wine. Christopher Cannan is presenting a tasting of the Emilo Lustaur range of sherry and Scott Wasley, a major importer of Spanish wine, will explain what tapas to eat with which wines.

As if that wasn't enough wine and food, all sessions at Masterclass include morning and afternoon tea and lunch.  A two day ticket costs $595 (10 sessions) and a one day ticket $350 (five sessions). Tickets are available from Ticketmaster

Congratulations to the sponsors of this event - The Courier-Mail, Singapore Airlines, Queensland Government and many more.  Good work!

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