GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT: Australia's beloved celebrity chef, Ben O'Donoghue, will be gracing the Western Downs ahead of this year's Big Skies event. O'Donoghue will be delivering a five-course dinner with local delicacies he's personally selected from around the region.
GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT: Australia's beloved celebrity chef, Ben O'Donoghue, will be gracing the Western Downs ahead of this year's Big Skies event. O'Donoghue will be delivering a five-course dinner with local delicacies he's personally selected from around the region. Contributed

Celeb chef dishes up the goods at Big Skies pre-event

FOODIES rejoice!

This year's Big Skies event proves there's no need to travel to the city for fine dining and celebrity chefs when you can have it all on your back door step here on the Western Downs.

Big Skies 2019 is dishing up a double treat for foodies across the region with a five-course gourmet luncheon alongside Surfing the Menu star Ben O'Donoghue on Friday, May 3.

The Chef's Table event is proudly presented in conjunction with Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE) Food Leaders Australia and will features an menu designed by O'Donoghue himself with sommelier-matched wines to complement the flavours of the fresh, local produce all set under a canopy of trees at a rural property outside of Dalby.

With a career spanning over two decades in the United Kingdom and Australia, O'Donoghue is one of Australia's first and most-loved celebrity chefs.

In May 2019, Ben will use his talent with some of Australia's finest produce, from right here in the Western Downs.

Mayor Paul McVeigh said the gourmet luncheon would be a unique experience for locals and tourists alike.

"We already know we grow some of the best quality produce right here on the Western Downs and what better way to showcase that than with a five-course meal designed by a great chef,” he said.

O'Donoghue said he was looking forward to working with local fish, pork, beef and legumes for the menu.

"I was honoured to be asked to select a menu for this great event and I'm really excited for everyone to taste it,” he said.

"It was actually a tough decision because there is so much excellent locally grown and sourced produce available right here on the Western Downs,

"But after much thought, I've chosen the Murray Cod from Condabilla Fish Farm, pork belly from Sunpork, a 60-day aged sirloin from AACo and some local chickpeas - I can't wait for everyone to try them.”

TSBE Food Leaders Australia General Manager Bruce McConnel said The Chef's Table was a great way to showcase our local produce.

"We are proud to be involved in this event, with a top celebrity chef preparing local produce to highlight the outstanding quality of food we have in the Western Downs,” Mr McConnel said.

The Chef's Table will be held at 12pm for a 12.30pm start on Friday, May 3 at Brooklyn, 864 Moonie Highway, Dalby.

Tickets will be $195 each or $1500 for a table of eight.

For more information or to book tickets to any of the exciting Big Skies events, follow this link.