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Top Aussie Chefs Enjoy Murraylands Feast

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More than 50 of Australia’s best chefs have come together on a small farm in the tiny Murray River township of Mypolonga this week to enjoy a feast.

Fifty-seven of the country's culinary heavyweights flew into SA for a rare and shared feast amongst the Rio Vista Olives grove on Monday, 20 June.

Internationally-renowned Sydney chef Jason Roberts and his team expertly prepared local produce over fire.

Joining the culinary royalty were several South Australians, including Malaysian-Australian celebrity chef Cheong Liew AOM, Kane Pollard (Topiary Dining, Delicious. Australia Unearthed Next Gen Chef 2020), Scott Huggins (Magill Estate) and Justin James (Botanic Restaurant).

The event was the brain-child of the award-winning team from Rio Vista Olives, as brother and sister duo Jared Bettio and Sarah Asciutto dreamed of bringing the chefs to their farm for an immersive ‘soil to oil’ experience where they could see the harvest and extraction of the oil.

Supporting the feast with other local Murraylands and Riverland products were Paradise Hill Honey, Aussie Apricots, PomiGold, Woodlane Orchard, Woolshed Brewery and Coorong Wild Seafood.

Jason Roberts spent two days preparing the food over fire, using everything from traditional clay-pot cooking, fire-roasting, baking and smoking to bring the feast together.

“Sometimes we get so caught up in things that we forget about the pure joy of great food and bringing people together, and that is what this day was all about,” Roberts said.

“As chefs, we love to get out and meet the farmers and producers, we love to spend time with each other connecting on our passions – and we haven’t been able to do that for a long time. This Rio Vista event has allowed us to do both, and I think we all needed it.”

The expansion of the event was thanks to support from the Agri Food Tourism Development (AFTD) Program, funded by the Australian Government under the Murray–Darling Basin Economic Development Program and delivered by Regional Development Australia Murraylands and Riverland (RDAMR).

Photo of Jason Roberts by Johanna Oldfield Photography, supplied Commshake Media