22-Sep-2011 | Food critic Matt Preston visited the state last week for a five-day tour of the island to sample the fine produce and dine at the best restaurants - Matt’s visit highlights that Tasmania is a gourmet paradise and the superb food and wine on offer really adds to the experience of conference delegates and business events groups.
Matt is best known as a judge on MasterChef Australia and for his weekly Unexplored column in The Age newspaper's Epicure food section. Matt is also a senior editor on Vogue Entertaining + Travel and delicious. magazines.
While here, Matt dined at Smolt, Ethos and new restaurant Garagistes which was voted Best Restaurant in Tasmania and ranked 27 in the top 100 restaurants in the Australian Gourmet Traveller Awards 2012. He also experienced the likes of Saffire Freycinet, Bruny Island and Peppermint Bay – just to name a few.
During his visit Preston was interviewed by The Mercury newspaper and said:
"Tasmania has had this influx of really talented young foodies. Rodney Dunn, Matthew Evans, Luke Burgess, Alistair Wise and so on. The produce has always been here and there's always been some great cooking, but there's been this kind of groundswell."
"The good thing is that there's still the small producers, the real artisan producers.”
Photo: The Mercury
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