Close to 130 people were treated to a delicious selection of dishes at the PwC Celebrity Chef Restaurant on the night of Thursday, May 10.
The taste bud-tingling four-course dinner was created by Adrian Richardson, Melbourne, Chef Afit, Indonesia, and Jess Pryles, Texas, USA, and coordinated by the executive chef of the Noosa Boathouse, Shane Bailey.
The dinner was sponsored by one of Australia's largest beef cattle operations MDH Pty Ltd, family owned operated by the McDonald family, Cloncurry.
Each dish featured their 100 day grainfed product out of their Wallumba Feedlot situated on the Western Darling Downs..
Chef Richardson offered the first powerhouse sampling for the guests, his Nona’s braised blade ragu with nicola potato gnocchi, which was cleaned up in no time, this was followed by ample servings of Korean braised beef short rib, kimche, shitake and white miso.
Next up Chef Pryles offered a taste of Texas with her mouth-watering smoked tri tip with ancho citrus sauce and Texas caviar, Chef Afit produced the last dish, and one of his personal favourites, Indonesian rendang featuring top round beef.
After welcoming the guests MDH’s Don McDonald provided some insight into the family business which represents six generations of beef producers and 190 years of experience in Australian agriculture.
MDH has developed into a fully integrated beef business with a genuine fork to farm approach, providing customers and consumers with the unique opportunity to have a direct dialogue with the family throughout the supply chain.
“We breed and grow our cattle at Cloncurry, and put them on feed at Wallumba, before they’re slaughtered at JBS Dinmore and marketed as two brands, Wallumba (domestic), and Alexander (international) which is mainly exported to Japan,Korea and Brazil.”