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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 1:10 p.m., Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Melbourne's top chef cooks Saturday at Aloha Tower

Advertiser Staff


Paul Wilson, the award-winning chef of Melbourne's Botanical restaurant, will cook with Australian and local ingredients at

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Australian celeb chef Paul Wilson will lead the culinary team at "Melbourne: Under the Stars" Saturday at Aloha Tower.

The Australian American Chamber of Commerce (Hawaii) has teamed up with Australia's Tourism Victoria and Jetstar (Qantas' budget sister airline) to present an al fresco evening of wining and dining.

The evening will feature leading chefs from Melbourne and Honolulu in a trans-Pacific celebration of the best in Victorian produce, together with a selection of top wines from Victoria's extensive range of first-class winemakers.

Melbourne is the undisputed food-and-wine capital of Australia.

Wilson is renowned for his achievements at Melbourne's Botanical restaurant and three-time consecutive winner of "three chef's hats" in the prestigious annual "The Age" Good Food awards and "The Age" 2002 "Chef of the Year."

Rounding out the team are two other legends among the ultra-knowledgeable Melbourne dining crowd (think San Francisco or New York), Ian Curley of The European and The Supper Club and Harry Lalai of Cecconi's Cantina. All three visiting chefs will prepare their signature dishes, paired with a selection of award-winning Victorian wines.

In addition, O'ahu chefs Phillipe Padovani and Donato Loperfido will be on hand to showcase dishes from their new joint venture Elua.

The festivities include food stations, one for each of the six chefs, a selection of Australian cheeses supplied by the Australian Trade Commission, and a dessert station featuring creations by students from the Leeward Community College Culinary School. Tim Garrard, Food and Wine Director for Times Supermarkets, has collaborated in selecting the Victorian wines for the events.

The evening will also feature a charitable element with Hawaii HomeOwnership Center the beneficiary of $30,000 from the evening's proceeds to expand their services to first time, low income home buyers.

Tickets are $100 per person.

For more information or to purchase tickets for "Melbourne: Under the Stars," call the Australian American Chamber of Commerce (Hawaii) at 526-2242; the Hawaii HomeOwnership Center at (808) 523-9500 or go to Fujioka's Wines Times in Market City Shopping Center.