Another Kiwi chef will head home to bring his flavour to Mondo Travel's Tasting Lounge on May 28. New Zealand-born chef Matt Egan will showcase the influences of his adopted home in the Margaret River region of Western Australia - particularly the tastes and flavours of Cullen restaurant where he is head chef.
Egan will join Cullen winemaker Trevor Kent and Tasting Lounge executive chef Brett McGregor in creating a three-course meal, with matched wines from Cullen Wines. Egan, who has been head chef at the Cullen restaurant since 2005, trained at Waikato Polytechnic in 1992 and went on to work in various London restaurants before moving to Western Australia. He is well-known in Margaret River for his use of local produce - including that grown in the winery's large kitchen garden.The Tasting Lounge by Mondo Travel has been running since February at the Marvel Grill, in Auckland's newest dining precinct the Wynyard Quarter, on the last Monday of every month. Each month celebrates the best cuisine from a different destination or travel experience with matched wines, and is MC'd by entertainer Jackie Clarke.Previous Tasting Lounges have showcased New South Wales, Tahiti and Thailand.