Posted by Do The Yarra Valley On April - 1 - 2010ADD COMMENTS
Mathew’s career has been as rich and exciting as the culinary delights he has become famous for.
Mathew’s career began at The Snooty Fox, a quaint little restaurant on the popular Dandenong Tourist Road. From there it was all up, securing a position at the iconic Café Cuccina in Melbourne’s trendy South Yarra to Hotel Sofitel. Mathew describes his experience there, under the direction of Raymond Capaldi and Marcus Moore as,”The best training a young chef could get.” From there it was off to Daylesford’s award winning Lake House where he progressed to Head Chef. During his nine years at the Lake House he made “guest chef” appearances in New Zealand, Fiji and Dubais. Mathew was awarded the title of Australia’s “Best Sous Chef” and chose as his prize a six week appointment at the famed New YorkRestaurant Daniel.
We caught up with Mathew at a recent demonstration at Ferndale Farmgate’s first Gourmet Greenhouse Farmers Market and asked him about his inspiration and his love of the Yarra Valley. Watch the interview below:
If you’d like to enjoy Mathew’s exquisite approach to food visit Chateau Yering’s Eleonore’s Restaurant or Sweetwater Cafe
Posted by Do The Yarra Valley On March - 15 - 2010ADD COMMENTS
While in Marysville recently, the Premier John Brumby took time out from his busy schedule to speak exclusively with Tania from dotheyarravalley.com.au. Tania asked him about the importance of Yarra Valley tourism in the Bushfire Recovery process. Watch the interview below:
In the interview Mr Brumby talks about the Victoria Bushfire Business Investment Fund, a $10 million fund established to encourage private sector investment and job creation in areas affected by the February 2009 Victorian bushfires. According to the government website, “The Fund aims to restore and improve the business capacity of these areas and enhance economic development to ensure their sustainable future.”
We also spoke to Christine Nixon, Chair of The Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority, about how she felt the recovery process was progressing. Watch the interview below:
Posted by Do The Yarra Valley On March - 15 - 20101 COMMENT
Seeing people recover from adversity has a tremendously uplifting affect.
The World’s Longest Lunch held at Maryton Park Bed & Breakfast Country Cottages was the culmination of a concept that began way back in 2002. Last years event was canceled due to the fires, so this years event was the Marysville communities way of saying, “we’re back!” Thanks to the support of Tony and Penni Thompson(Maryton Park), the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, sponsors, friends and neighbors, the event was a fantastic success.
They were so back in the action, that Internationally renowned chef Jamie Oliver interrupted his commitments to drop in for a glass of wine, nibble and a chat with the locals. See what Jamie had to say in our video coverage below.
The Premier of Victoria, John Brumby was also on hand to offer his encouragement and support for the day. Mr Brumby highlighted the importance of Yarra Valley tourism in the regions recovery.
We spoke to many of the locals including Wendy Oates, Treasurer of the organising committee who said, “the event was an opportunity for people in the area to continue to move forward and leave the tragedies of the past behind them.”
What was on the menu:
Canape’s – presented by Holmesglen Rural Learning Centre – Chef: Rolfh Ammann.
Entree’ – presented by Maryton Park B&B – Chef Tony Thompson assisted by Chef Steve Penalosa-Munoz from Lake Mountain Alpine Resort
Mains – presented by My Chef Mike – Chef: Michael Jaeger &
Ruffy Produce Store – Chef: Nigel Robinson
Dessert – presented by Marysville Patisserie – Chefs: Ashraf and Christine Doos
Posted by Do The Yarra Valley On February - 18 - 2010ADD COMMENTS
Just Cycle Yarra Valley is a new recreational cycling event which will take place in Victoria’s beautiful Yarra Valley on Sunday 11th April 2010.
The event features two courses, a 45km recreational ride highlighting the picturesque Yarra Valley and a 120km Nemisis challenge featuring Mount Donna Buang.
More than just another recreational ride, Just Cycle Yarra Valley offers a complete entertainment experience for cycling enthusiasts, friends and family with a day of fun activities and live music amongst the vines of Yarra Valley’s Rochford Wines.
The ride is expected to attract around 2000 riders, with an additional 2000 people expected for the post-ride festivities at Rochford Wines. Three times Olympic Gold Medalist, Drew Ginn the event Ambassador is looking forward to the event and is expecting to see a fantastic turnout.
Posted by Do The Yarra Valley On February - 10 - 20108 COMMENTS
Adolescence is often filled with tales of woe. I can remember sitting in the Hoyts Midcity Cinema in the early 1980′s with tears welling up in my eyes as Sigrid Thornton played, or pretended to play, Jessica’s theme in The Man From Snowy River. Weeping in a movie was highly unusual for a boy in his late teens, especially when it was just a person playing a piano that caused such an emotional response. The humiliation of a row of high school students jeering, ‘look at him! He’s crying’, stays with you for some time.
Who would have imagined, some 30 years later, I would again shed a tear induced by the very same piece of music, this time however, played not by an actor, but by the composer himself…Bruce Rowland! The tears were the same. The humiliation I felt as a high school student was replaced with elation and an overwhelming sense that I was privileged to be in the presence of genius.
I am sure Bruce would be the first to say that ‘genius’ is a bit over the top. However, when you consider his body of work over the years, I can’t think of another word that does him justice.
The music Bruce composed (in only three weeks!) for The Man From Snowy River is so timeless in its appeal and has become so strongly etched in our musical psyche that there is a tendency to forget that this is now a thirty year old work and was, in fact Bruce’s first score for a feature film. Ask Bruce what he’s most proud of and he’ll tell you, “it’s not the Man From Snowy River, it’s my most recent work.”
At the risk of appearing to be clinging to the past, we couldn’t resist asking Bruce to play Jessica’s theme. Bruce graciously agreed and given that every budding pianist at some time plays Jessica’s theme (there are countless versions on YouTube) you simply can’t beat seeing and hearing it played by the person who created it! Watch the video below and hear Bruce describe how he composed Jessica’s Theme.
Bruce and his wife Maria have lived in the Yarra Valley for thirty nine years. Due to work commitments in the United States Bruce also spends time in Los Angeles where he has a house and studio.
Bruce and Maria enjoy many of the restaurants and wineries in the Yarra Valley. If you would like Bruce’s recommendations for his Top 3 places to visit – here they are…
Some of Bruce’s awards include:
AFI Award – Best Score: The Man From Snowy River (1982)
AFI Award – Best Score: Phar Lap (1983)
AFI Award – Best Score: Rebel (1985)
APRA Award – Best Score: The Man From Snowy River (1984)
APRA Award – Best Score: Phar Lap (1985)
APRA Award – Best Score: Return to Snowy River (1989)
APRA Award – Best Score: The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello (2005)
APRA Award – International Achievement Award (2005)
ARIA Award – The Man From Snowy River Arena Spectacular (2003)