Taste the Snowies

Sydney Chef Pete Evans

There could be worse ways to spend a winter’s evening in the mountains than having dinner cooked for you by Pete Evans (above). The chef, cookbook author and judge on Channel Seven’s My Kitchen Rules will host a dinner at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa on July 7.

He’ll work alongside the executive chef of the resort’s Cuisine Restaurant, Greg Pieper (below), whose previous restaurant, Bamboo, in northern NSW went to three chef’s hats in The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide.

www.foodwinetravel.com.au Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa is 15 minutes drive from Thredbo and 5 minutes from the Skitube to Perisher and Blue Cow. It’s a year-round resort, with walks around the lake, wildlife, themed weekends, triathlon events, tennis courts, golf course, heated swimming pool and purpose-built mountain-bike park. There’s also an excellent restaurant, Cuisine; executive chef Greg Pieper.

The menu for the Lake Crackenback dinner will feature Snowy Mountains produce matched by Voyager Estate (Margaret River) wines. It begins with canapés of pork cheek with scallop and apple, sweet corn soup with local yabbies, and smoked local rainbow trout salad on crispy wontons, matched with 2011 Chenin Blanc.

The entree of local pork belly with black vinegar caramel will be matched with 2011 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, while the main course of Steamed barramundi on a sweet potato puree with lime and coconut sauce will be matched with 2008 Chardonnay. Dessert is a chocolate biscuit pudding with avocado ice cream and honeycomb, and there are vegetarian options.

Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa, on the border of the Kosciuszko National Park, has rooms ranging from overwater lake view apartments to mountain view chalets. Accommodation is from $167.50 pp per night including hot breakfasts, for a minimum two-night stay.

The dinner costs $140 pp. Bookings:  +61 2 6451 3000 or www.lakecrackenback.com.au

The Celebrity Chef event is part of Mountains of Events, a year-round program featuring everything from music and physical challenges to good food and wine. www.snowymountains.com.au/mountainsofevents

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