Spanish beer brand, Estrella Damm will host some of the world’s best chefs at its sixth Gastronomy Congress on Monday 3 April at Maia, Atlantic Wharf, Melbourne.

Previously held in other cities around the world including London and Miami, Estrella Damm Gastronomy Congress is a live event, exploring the theme of high creativity and featuring demonstrations by some of the World’s 50 Best chefs.

The Melbourne event, part of the city’s hosting on the World’s 50 Best presentation on 5 April, will host Joan Roca, the chef behind last year’s number two place getter, El Celler de Can Roca.

Roca is known for elaborating traditional cuisine together with avant-garde techniques. Over the years, Roca has served as a mentor and inspirational figure for countless young chefs globally and was voted number one in The World’s 50 Best in 2013 and 2015, and was also the winner of the Chefs’ Choice Award.

Also in attendance will be:

  • Virgilio Martnez, the Peruvian chef and restaurateur named number four by World’s 50 Best and the number one chef in Latin America in 2016. He is known for his use of applying modern cooking techniques to indigenous Peruvian ingredients.
  • Albert Adri from Tickets in Barcelona, number 29 in the world. Adri is the brother of Ferran Adri of elBulli, and was also awarded with two Michelin stars for his restaurants Pakta and Hoja Santa.
  • Australia’s Jock Zonfrillo, from Restaurant Orana in South Australia, who's worked with some of the best chefs in the United Kingdom including David Cavalier at Michelin-starred Chapter One and Marco Pierre-White at Les Saveurs. In 2000 Zonfrillo moved to Sydney as head chef of Restaurant 41 and then to Adelaide where he now runs Restaurant Orana – named Restaurant of the Year at The Advertiser Food Awards for two years in a row in 2014 and 2015.

Jock Zonfrillo

More than 200 of the most influential members of the global restaurant industry will visit Australia for a diverse program of events next month, including the gala awards night which will be held at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building on the evening of 5 April 2017.

The group of media and influencers who chair the voting panel will also visit South Australia from 6 to 8 April, stopping by at vineyards in the Adelaide Hills and Barossa Valley, meeting with local producers and South Australian chefs, and dining in some of the state’s best restaurants – all as part of their two day annual general meeting.

Wine Australia, Official Wine Partner of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, will also invite 50 of the best sommeliers in the world to learn more about Australia’s diverse wine offering. The group will include sommeliers from The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, the Best Sommelier in the World competition and top sommeliers in New Zealand and Australia.

Albert Adri

 Joan Roca

Virgilio Martnez

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