Masterclass applause!

What a fabulous weekend of foodie fun for all at the 2010 Brisbane Hilton Masterclass ( July 24 & 25).

Once again organiser Alison Alexander has trumped all with a spectacular line up of presenters. Best of all we all had a lot of fun including the presenters who got their rocks off to liven the crowd late on Sunday afternoon.

I've been a big fan of Masterclass for a while.  It brings chefs we would otherwise only read about to our shores to share their skills and insights and take home a little Queensland lurve.  It gives participants a chance to hone skills and pick up the sort of tips and cooking secrets that make good food memorable.

I learnt more than a few things -
  • From spice guru Ian Hemphill - use a pinch of cloves to bring up the basil note in yr spaghetti sauce. 
  • The very cool Canadian Susur Lee says - soak onion in ice water to get rid of the bitterness.
  • Brisbane's Russell Armstrong says a tablespoon of sour cream will stabilize mayo.
Roll on Masterclass again!

And a big thank you to all the sponsors who made it happen - specially the Hilton Brisbane who did a magnificent job setting up the rooms and ensuring all ran smoothly - well done!

The sponsors were Singapore Airlines, The Courier-Mail, Merlo Coffee, Palatable Partners, Nous, Lindt, Australian Pork, Sanpellegrino, Acqua Panna, Staging Connections, Meile, Queensland Seafood, Printcraft, Clegg Media, Negociants, All Clad Metalcrafters, Mushrooms, Burleigh Brewing Co,  Queensland Government, Tourism Queensland, Brisbane Marketing.