When Perth chef Matt Stone began his apprenticeship seven years ago, he never thought the world's most celebrated chef, Rene Redzepi, would share his kitchen.
Together they will be cooking dinner for the who's who of Australian hospitality, restaurant reviewers, politics and showbiz this week in Melbourne.
"It's out of this world," 24-year-old Stone said.
"It's a lifetime opportunity to work with a guy like Rene and his crew in your own restaurant."
Stone, The West Australian Good Food Guide Young Chef of the Year, and several of his chefs are in Melbourne cooking at a pop-up version of their Perth Greenhouse restaurant, erected especially for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.
Redzepi, whose Noma restaurant in Copenhagen, Denmark, has been voted the world's best two years running, praised the enthusiasm and creativity of the Greenhouse crew.
"You have great produce and great enthusiasm, and a willingness to accept new ideas," he said.
"We are as good as we are because we worked very hard. There's no magic, just hard work."
Stone said having Redzepi in the kitchen was a lesson in "successful behaviour".
"It was amazing for my guys to see the mentality, discipline and attention to detail that a world famous chef like Rene has," he said. "It was an eye-opener."