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Cath Kerry

The Riverbank Palais
Long Lunch Series

Past Event
  • About

    Enjoy the best local tastes with our long lunch series on The Riverbank Palais, featuring the chefs who shaped our culinary destiny. For the full line-up, click here.

    A legend of the Adelaide food scene since the late 1960s, Cath Kerry was Head Chef at Petaluma from 1986 to 1989, Director and Executive Chef of the Art Gallery Restaurant from 1997 to 2012, and for nearly 30 years specialised in doing great food in unusual places with her catering business CK – Food.

    Kerry has come out of retirement especially for this Long Lunch, in which she will pay tribute to the star chefs that formed Adelaide’s food identity in the 1980s including Phillip Searle, Gabriel Gaté and Michael Symons and Jennifer Hillier, with a menu of dishes inspired by the era.

    “Sure, Adelaide has always had restaurants but the 1980s saw an explosion of energy in the food and restaurant scene. Looking back we were a bunch of enthusiastic amateurs, throwing caution to the wind. Ideals of ‘la nouvelle cuisine’ in France filtered through and we were part of the zeitgeist. Phillip Searle took to using Vietnamese fish sauce rather than salt – wow! Michael Symons and Jennifer Hillier’s Uraidla Aristologist kitchen pushed the button on the Magimix to make pesto only when the first order came in. We inverted – there were fruit terrines, fruit soups and traditional summer pudding made of tomatoes and basil. We felt we were inverting the world order,” – Cath Kerry


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  • Credits

    Palais Food Curator Gill Minervini
    Palais Food Consultant Duncan Welgemoed
    Head Chef Luke Burgess
    Long Lunches Featured Chefs Cath Kerry, Mark Best, Christine Manfield, Michael Ryan, Cheong Liew and Karl Firla

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