About The Event
One Night Only Series at Bacchus
Partnering with Rural Aid for Drought + Fire Relief
The One Night Only Series, a program of four special culinary events featuring superstar chefs cooking with Bacchus Head Chef Massimo Speroni to shine the light on Australian produce, while raising funds for Rural Aid and those affected by drought and fires.
One Night Only: February 6
Bacchus Restaurant presents Chefs Alastair McLeod & Matt Golinski with Massimo Speroni
Celebrating the flavours of Queensland for Rural Aid
Thursday 6 February, 2020 – tickets $300 per person with $100 per ticket donated to Rural Aid
Look past the Irish accent and you’ll discover that Alastair McLeod is one proud Australian. The much-loved chef and TV personality has roots deeply entrenched in far north Queensland: his grandfather hailed from Erub Island in the eastern Torres Strait. His mother, Faye McLeod, was raised on a remote cane farm in the tropics before travelling the world as an accomplished jazz performer and actress. Alastair was born in Belfast, the son of a proud Northern Irish man, and grew up through the height of ‘The Troubles’ conflict in the region.
Being part of such a multicultural family, Alastair was encouraged to experience a large range of cuisines and a career in cooking ensued. His experience in the kitchen is extensive; he’s worked at Michelin listed restaurants across the world, including ‘Roscoff’ in Belfast and ‘Da Giovanni’ in Torino, Italy. After his classical training in Europe, Alastair decided to follow in the steps of his forefathers and chose Queensland as his home.
His Australian tenures have included roles as executive chef at Brisbane stalwarts ‘Baguette’ and ‘Brett’s Wharf Restaurant’. He then established ‘Tank Restaurant and Bar’ in Brisbane’s CBD that was named in Australia’s hot 50 restaurants two years running, achieved 17/20 in the Courier Mail, 4/5 in The Australian and a coveted chef’s hat. Alastair has also started his own business Al’FreshCo; his own business that provides small and large scale catering to private and corporate clients.
Matt Golinski is a highly regarded, professional chef with a passion for creating cuisine using fresh, seasonal and local ingredients.
Well known as one of the original team members of the popular ‘Ready Steady Cook’ television series, Matt has worked as executive chef at some of Queensland’s leading restaurants over his 30 year career.
Based on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Matt now enjoys working as a consulting chef to restaurants, being a regular guest chef at festivals and events and writing his popular food columns and blog. He is also an active member of the Slow Food movement and a motivational speaker.
Since 2015 Matt has been helping the Gympie Region promote itself as a world-class food destination in his role as their Food and Culinary Tourism Ambassador. He uses his knowledge of the area and it’s producers to showcase the region through cooking demonstrations and his blog “Matt Eats Gympie”.
In March 2018, Matt joined the Peppers Noosa Resort team as their Consultant Executive Chef, developing menus that consolidate his knowledge and love of the producers of his region.
Matt spends a couple of days a week in the kitchen at Peppers creating new seasonal recipes, so if you’re in for breakfast, lunch or dinner be sure to poke your head into the kitchen and say hi.
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