A "Team of Nations" will compete in the popular five-course Long Table Lunch at this year's Mundaring Truffle Festival.
The team - cooking on Saturday, July 28 - will be made up of chefs who call Australia home, including Iain Lawless (Scotland), Sunny de Ocampo (Philippines) and Marianne Kempf (Germany).
The competition will heat up when their opposition prepare their dishes on Sunday, July 29. The "All-French" team boasts well-known French chefs such as The Loose Box owner Alain Fabregues, Choux Cafe owner Emmanuel Mollois and Xavier Pique, who owns P'tite Ardoise Bistro. Cedric Porcher from Perth-based French boulangerie-patisserie Jean-Pierre Sancho also has joined the team.
The theme for the Long Table Lunch for 220 people will pay homage to the Olympic Games, which begin on July 27.
Sydney-based chef Nino Zocalli - whose father is Italian - will join the Team of Nations when he returns to his home State for the truffle festival, where he will launch his first cookbook.
Zocalli, who owns renowned Pendolino restaurant in Sydney's historic Strand Arcade, said Mundaring Truffle Festival was a great opportunity to celebrate amazing Australian produce.
"The West Australian black truffles are simply world class and I am very much looking forward to being part of the event," he said.
Tickets to the Long Table Lunch cost $175. General entry tickets cost $16 online, and $19.50 at the door. Tickets for pensioners cost $14 and children under 16 are free. Tickets are available through BOCS ticketing.For more information visit www.mundaringtrufflefestival.com.
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