Saturday, August 27, 2011

Manresa Welcomes Australian Chef Dan Hunter for "Cooking with Friends" Series

Dan Hunter

Manresa welcomes Chef Dan Hunter from the Royal Mail Hotel in Western Victoria, Australia for its annual “Cooking with Friends” series. On September 10 and September 11, Chef David Kinch and Royal Mail Hotel Chef Dan Hunter will collaborate on a 10-course menu with wine and cocktail pairings.

Chef Hunter’s philosophy is similar to that of Kinch’s as he works closely with his kitchen and garden team to produce a unique style of food that blends his understanding of modern technique with an immense respect for nature, produce, and seasonality. The collaborative menu will illustrate their similar experiences in working with farms and emphasize ingredients from Love Apple Farms, Manresa’s exclusive farm partner. Additional ingredient highlights include Matsutake mushrooms, Santa Barbara sea urchin, Australian winter truffles, baby lamb and abalone.

Chef Dan Hunter started his career in Melbourne and later moved to Spain to further explore the region’s culinary offerings. He worked at the Michelin-starred Caelis in Barcelona and later arranged three-month stage with Chef Andoni Luis Aduriz at Mugaritz, a two Michelin-starred restaurant in Basque Country. His stage turned into roles including head chef. In the time Hunter was at Mugaritz, the restaurant was named tenth best restaurant in the world by Restaurant Magazine UK and has been featured as a top five best restaurant in the world since 2008. In 2007, he returned to Australia as Executive Chef of the Royal Mail Hotel.

The 10-course collaborative menu is $195 per person, exclusive of wine pairing, tax, and gratuity. Classic wine pairings are $95 per person and premium wine pairings are $195 per person.

To make reservations, please call Manresa at 408.354.4330. Please note that the regular menus will not be available on these evenings.

Dan Hunter