Tourism Australia has created an original three part television series, Restaurant Australia, with the aim of showcasing the modern Australian cuisine to the rest of the world.

The series follows chefs Neil Perry, Ben Shewry and Peter Gilmore as they come together to create a uniquely Australian menu for some of the world’s toughest critics and leading industry members, including A.A. Gill, Heston Blumenthal and Alice Waters.

The series is an extension of Tourism Australia’s Invite the World to Dinner event held at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Tasmania last November, and forms part of the organisation’s Restaurant Australia campaign.

Restaurant Australia will start airing from this Sunday 16 August on 7TWO from 6:30pm. The show, created in partnership with The Precinct Studios, will also be aired overseas with international distribution deals currently being finalised.

“When people see these three episodes they’ll see just what an incredible undertaking the Invite the World to Dinner event in Tasmania really was, and get a much better appreciation of the people, the produce and places which make Australia such an exciting food and wine destination for international travellers,” Lisa Ronson, chief marketing officer at Tourism Australia said


Episode synopsis:

  1. Episode 1: Earth, Fire and Water 
    Neil Perry, Ben Shewry and Peter Gilmore meet in Hobart, Tasmania to start piecing together their menu. Inspired by the picturesque surrounds of the River Derwent, they agree on a theme for the first course; fire-roasted Australian seafood. The chefs then head their separate ways, tracing their chosen ingredients to passionate producers scattered across the country.
  2. Episode 2: Art and Produce
    The chefs decide on their main dishes before heading out across the country in search of ingredients. Perry visits Victoria’s High Country to talk to David Blackmore about his pure-blood Wagyu beef, Shewry ventures into the great Australian outback to learn about Red Kangaroos and Gilmore travels to the east coast of Tasmania in search of abalone.
  3. Episode 3: An Experience to Remember
    As the day of the event dawns, the chefs prepare their dishes for 250 international guests as the picturesque locations are being set up. The 250 international guests luxuriate in each dish, appreciating their foray into the best of Australian cuisine.


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