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Mark Best

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.

    Award-winning SA born chef Mark Best is, as his name suggests, one of the world’s best. Having started his culinary career at the age of 25, he has worked at Alain Passard’s three Michelin star rated L’Arpége in Paris, and Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir Aux Quatre Saisons in the UK. In 1999 he opened Marque in Sydney, which made the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list for three years running, and consistently rated as one of Australia’s top restaurants until it closed in 2016. In 2009 the Sydney Morning Herald named him Chef of the Year, and he has also won Restaurant of the Year awards from Australian Gourmet Traveller, the Sydney Morning Herald, Time Out and the Restaurant and Catering Association.

    In 2012, Mark opened Pei Modern in Melbourne, winning The Age Best New Restaurant Award for 2013. His second Pei Modern launched at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney in 2014 and was immediately voted as one of the city’s top 10 new restaurants.

    With a theme of “Bounty of the Coorong”, Best’s Long Lunch will be a dazzling culinary journey through the local produce of his childhood home in south east SA.

    “’The Bounty of the Coorong’ celebrates my formative years growing up on Lake Alexandrina where my father managed a station. Not only did I survive drowning and a tiger snake, I grew a deep appreciation of the local bounty – pippies, Coorong Mullet and Coorong Angus Beef by Richard Gunner to name a few,” – Mark Best


    Riverbank Penfolds
  • 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

    Image David Griffen Photography

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