Farmer Richard Hawkes
Sixth generation farmer Richard Hawkes, an agronomist by trade, is famed for growing the best potatoes. You’ll find their kipfler potatoes on the menu of many restaurants throughout not only the Peninsula but also Melbourne. It’s a family affair at Hawkes Farm for this former Horticulture Australia Young Leader of the Year. As well as the seven varietals of potatoes the Hawkes family also grow exceptional carrots and operate a farmgate in Boneo.
Farmer Mark Brancatisano
Locally born and bred Mark Brancatisano is chief grower and grazier of Torello Farm. He is a breeder of rare breed, heritage Dorset Downs sheep and Belted Galloway beef and choose these heritage breeds to produce full flavoured meat. His family farm also produces heirloom vegetables and tree ripened fruit, and these come together in their farmgate shop in Dromana. Mark loves the variety of all the different veggies, it’s how farming used to be and being chemical free he’s aiming to leave the land in a better condition than when he found.
Farmer Rollo Crittenden
Named Australian Young Gun of Wine in 2010 Rollo Crittenden, grew up amongst the vines on the iconic Crittenden Estate which was first planted in 1982 by his father and local tourism legend Gary Crittenden. Rollo carries on the tradition of producing handcrafted quality wines and continues to explore and have a curiosity about the different processes of making wine. He pushes the boundaries and challenges the concept of traditional ‘recipe’ winemaking.
Chef Michael Cole
Michael Cole is an award-winning chef with 18 years’ experience in hospitality. A graduate of the William Angliss Institute and co-Head Chef at Flinders Hotel, he has been selected as Australia’s candidate for the 2019 Chef’s Olympics (Bocuse d’Or). Michael was named Chef of the Year 2017 at Foodservice Australia, and competed in the World Chefs in Malaysia in June 2018. He has a diverse knowledge of food trends and is influenced by his global roaming and cultural gastronomic experiences from Australia, Europe and Asia. Michael designed a menu for the ‘3 Farmers + A Chef’ event that celebrated the flavours of the Mornington Peninsula and personally prepared the feast.
The idyllic and rarely accessed barrel room of Crittenden Estate provided an intimate dining experience and an opportunity to fully immerse guests in the local foodie culture in an impressive way. Topping off this impressive degustation experience was the matching wines from Crittenden Estate, refreshing beer from Mornington Peninsula Brewery, delicious seafood from Peninsula Fresh Seafood, goat's cheese from Main Ridge Dairy, crispy salad greens from Benton Rise Farm and incredible strawberries from Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm.
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