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The Great Chefs Series



Be part of a high quality culinary experience with internationally recognised chefs, partnering with TasTAFE Drysdale in Launceston.


Throughout the months of April, May, June, July, September and October, TasTAFE Drysdale presents the ‘Great Chefs Series’ in Launceston.

The Great Chefs Series is an opportunity for some of the most influential culinary minds in Australia to collaborate with some of the up and coming talent within the Tasmanian hospitality industry.

TasTAFE Drysdale students across Events, Tourism, Hospitality and Commercial Cookery programs in Launceston will deliver an educational experience that will culminate with the ‘Great Chefs’ and Commercial Cookery Apprentices delivering a premium culinary event, showcasing Tasmanian Vocational Education and Training with premium produce in the form of a six course degustation.

Each of the six courses is complemented with a wine from one of Tasmania's world class wineries, and is a culinary journey unique to the experiences, flavours and techniques that have shaped each of the ‘Great Chefs’, in imparting their pursuit and passion for cuisine to the next generation in the kitchen.

During the months of September and October, TasTAFE Drysdale celebrates Chinese National Day and Golden Week holiday with two distinctly different Asian experiences.

The Friday evening of the 30th September will be a signature evening of contemporary Cantonese and Chinese cuisine, followed by the traditional approach in connecting with family and friends over a lazy Dim Sum, Yum Cha lunch on Sunday 2nd October.

We look forward to welcoming you to TasTAFE Drysdale and introducing you to the 'Great Chefs'!




TasTAFE Drysdale

93 Paterson Street, Launceston, Tasmania


Dinners - pre dinner drinks 6.30pm, seated at 7:15pm

Friday 15th April- Jacques Reymond

Friday 13th May - Donovan Cooke

Friday 24th June - Mark Best

Friday 29th July - Tetsuya Wakuda

Friday 30th September - Dan Hong

Lunch - noon

Sunday 2nd October - Michael Luo


Dinner - 6-course degustation (with matched wine)    $165

Lunch - Traditional Dim Sum and Yum Cha banquet  $99

Meet your chefs

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Donovan Cooke
Mark Best

Jacques Reymond

Chef, restaurateur and consultant, Jacques Reymond successfully ran his eponymously named, Age
Good Food Guide Awards Three Hat restaurant in Melbourne, Australia for 26 years.

Consistently winning accolades and recognition for his contemporary cuisine and high-end dining establishment.

His stellar career continues, following the closure of Jacques Reymond Restaurant December 2013, after being awarded Three Hats for 2014, and Best Restaurant in Australia 2014 Restaurant and
Catering Association. Jacques stepped out when the business was still at its peak..... more

Eventbrite - Jacques Reymond - Great Chefs Series

Donovan Cooke

Yorkshire-born, Donovan Cooke unofficially began his career when he was very young, his family lived in Hull and his grandmother had a fish & chip shop, supplying the freshest and best local produce to the town.

This is where his love of quality and local ingredients started. Donovan officially began work in kitchens aged 15. His talents quickly saw him singled out by culinary heavyweights Michael Roux and Marco Pierre White, to name a few.

In the late 80’s Donovan had been working at Michel Roux's The Waterside Inn as chef de partie – here he had to learn everything from the ground up ..... more

Eventbrite - Donovan Cooke - Great Chefs Series

Mark Best

Mark Best started his working life as an electrician in the gold mines of Western Australia before starting his culinary career at the age of 25. He commenced an apprenticeship at the Macleay Street Bistro, Potts Point, in 1990.

This was the beginning of his passion for French food. It was the heyday of modern Australian cuisine the fusion of European techniques and ingredients with the flavours of the Asian region and a flourishing time for Sydney’s food scene.

In 1995, he opened his own restaurant, Peninsula Bistro, Balmain, which soon developed a strong local following and rave critical acclaim. ............more

Eventbrite - Mark Best - Great Chefs Series

Tetsuya Wakuda

Tetsuya Wakuda grew up in the Japanese town of Hamamatsu in the Shizuoka Prefecture.

With a limited knowledge of English, and of the country which would become his home, Tetsuya arrived in Australia at the age of twenty-two, never imagining he would one day be embraced as one of the nation's favourite chefs.

Landing in Sydney in 1982 with nothing more than a small suitcase and a love of food, Tetsuya found his very first job as a kitchen hand at Fishwives in Surry Hills. A year later he was introduced to Sydney chef Tony Bilson, who was looking for a Japanese cook to make sushi at Kinsela's.  more

Eventbrite - Tetsuya Wakuda - Great Chefs Series
Dan Hong

Dan Hong

Starting his career in the kitchen of his family's Vietnamese restaurant chain, Thanh Binh, in Sydney, Dan quickly developed a taste for a career in a challenging and exciting kitchen. Dan developed his culinary skills at an elite list of Sydney restaurants including Longrain, Pello Restaurant and Marque, where he completed his apprenticeship..... more


Eventbrite - Dan Hong - Great Chefs Series
Michael Luo

Michael Luo

Michael Luo is the head dim sum chef at Merivale’s popular Cantonese restaurant, Mr Wong.
Michael has an impressive international pedigree, having spent the last four years presiding over the dim sum kitchen at the prestigious Hakkasan Dubai. Located at the iconic Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel, Hakkasan Dubai is famed for its beautifully presented and delicately crafted dim sum selection...... more

Eventbrite - Michael Luo - Great Chefs Series

Donovan Cooke's Menu

13th May, 2016


Tourism and Hospitality 

The Hospitality and Tourism sector is projecting a very healthy outlook with the Australian Government predicting over 49,000 additional jobs to be created by 2017.

The Tourism Industry is forecast to grow between 43% and 74% by 2020, providing even more employment opportunities.

With unprecedented demand for skilled hospitality and tourism professionals, now’s the time to get qualified with TasTAFE Drysdale.

Studying for a qualification in the Tourism, Hospitality and Events area within TasTAFE Drysdale offers fantastic opportunities to enter the hospitality and tourism industries, to learn and demonstrate skills that will land you a job anywhere in the world.

At TasTAFE Drysdale your classrooms are real life restaurants, real life industry partners in real life environments where you will learn first-hand how to work in this fast-paced, exciting industry.

Our tourism courses prepare students for working as a travel consultant, tour guide or tourism promoter or consultant.

Courses offered include hospitality, commercial cookery, kitchen operations, events, travel and tourism.

Click here to learn more.



1300 655 307



93 Paterson Street, Launceston, Tasmania

20 Valley Road, Devonport, Tasmania

59 Collins Street, Hobart, Tasmania



Thank you to all our valued supporters

Tourism Tasmania

Tasmania is a place of wild and beautiful landscapes, friendly, helpful people with a relaxed island lifestyle, wonderful wine and food and a haunting history evoked by spectacular convict-era ruins.
No matter where visitors and locals alike go in Tassie, whether they spend time in one location or drive around the entire island, they are sure to be delighted by what they find and surprised at how much bigger Tasmania is on the inside.

Click HERE for the Tourism Tasmania website.



Launceston and Northern Tasmania offers a haven of nourished farmland, which creates fresh, beautiful produce such as well acclaimed truffles, seafood and velvety cool climate wines.

Along with farmland Launceston and Northern Tasmania is a gateway for many adventure activities as it provides vast rugged wilderness.

Click HERE for the Tourism Northern Tasmania website.


Kingthing Marketing is a business specializing in marketing strategy, social media, websites, training, award submissions and general marketing,

They are award winning marketing consultants that gets results and gives the best advice so your business thrives.

Specializing in the tourism sector, they have forged a reputation of delivering quality and measureable outcomes for tourism operators and regional organisations across the country.

Early in 2015 Kingthing won a National Tourism Award for their work in the training and education sector 

Click HERE to learn more.

Moores Hill Wine 

Moores Hill is a boutique, family operated wine producer located on a northeast-facing hillside in the Tamar Valley.
Moores Hill has become noted as a producer of excellent Riesling with a string of awards reflecting the unique terroir of the site. Warm, mild sunshine and cooling maritime breezes allow the fruit to ripen slowly and build great depth of flavour, balanced with natural acidity.

Julian Allport and Fiona Weller moved from South Australia to purchase Moores Hill in 2008. 

They’re part of a‘younger generation’ of vineyard owners and winemakers who have moved to Tasmania from the mainland in recent years. 

A qualified winemaker, Julian tends the vineyard and makes the wine while Fiona handles sales & marketing. Click HERE for their website.

Hawthorn Football Club

Hawthorn Football Club enjoys a special relationship with Tasmania.  The club has been playing games at Aurora Stadium in Launceston for over 15 years and for the last ten years has been Tasmania’s official team, known locally and with much affection as the Tassie Hawks.

Hawthorn’s suite of annual games at its second home ground, Aurora Stadium, contributes significantly to the local economy.

Match day visitation from within and outside of Tasmania generates measurable positive returns through purchase of accommodation, food, beverage and other associated services. Hawthorn recognises that it has an important role to play in contributing to Northern Tasmania’s program of regional events and tourism.  Click HERE for their website.

Wine Tasmania

Wine Tasmania is the peak body representing the island's grape growers and winemakers - working together to promote Tasmania as a benchmark wine region of world renown.

Click here to visit Wine Tasmania's website.

Tamar Valley Wine Route

Our unique cool climate location produces elegant wines of exceptional quality. From the Valley, to Pipers River in the north and Relbia in the south, there’s over 32 wineries within driving distance of each other.

Tamar Valley wines of note are Sparkling, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.  Click here to visit their website.


Brand tasmania

Tasmania, the island state of Australia, lies 40 degrees south of the equator. An archipelago of more than 334 islands in the temperate zone of the southern hemisphere, it is a land of dramatic coastlines, rugged mountains, spectacular wilderness and sparkling highland lakes.

Tasmanians breathe some of the world’s cleanest air and drink the purest water. Unpolluted coastal seas and rich, fertile soils enable them to produce the finest foods.

Click HERE for the Brand Tasmania website.

To view Brand Tasmania's video series of Tetsuya in the kitchen, click HERE.

Tasmanian Hospitality Association

The Tasmanian Hospitality Association is the peak industry body for hotels, restaurants, pubs and clubs in Tasmania.

The THA is a proactive body which seeks at all times to advocate for the hospitality sector, and ensure Tasmania has a viable and profitable hospitality industry both now and into the future.

Informed by direct industry contact and member representation, the THA actively seeks to engage all levels of government to lobby on behalf of the sector and play a lead role in the formation of industry-relevant policies. Click HERE for more.


The vineyards that winemaker Rebecca and her viticulturist husband Tim Duffy own in the Tamar Valley are steeped with a rich Australian (and sporting!) history, making their site probably one of the most interesting and unique in the country.

The wines are developed and cultivated by winemaker Rebecca Duffy a qualified winemaker with 10 years of winemaking experience and her husband Tim, who is a third generation grape grower and an agronomist with extensive viticultural experience. Click HERE for their website.

Goaty Hill Vineyard

The partners in Goaty Hill Wines are close friends from two families who are living the dream of making award winning wines in the Tamar Valley in the pristine cool climate island state of Tasmania.

The grapes for the Goaty Hill label are estate grown at their vineyard at Kayena. 

The underlying philosophy at Goaty Hill Wines is that winemaking begins in the vineyard, long before the grapes are harvested. The family believes that superior grape growing diminishes the need for intervention by the winemaker and results in a wine that is grown, not made. Goaty Hill specialises in Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Though modelled on the best from Burgundy to Bordeaux, these wines speak clearly of their contemporary Tasmanian origins, combining beautiful fruit with an elegant and opulent mouth feel.

Natasha, Kristine, Markus and Tony warmly invite you to join them and enjoy the journey of learning, sharing and enjoying fine wine with friends.  Click HERE for their website.


The Department of Education is responsible for providing educational services to students from birth. There is no defined age limit because we believe in and are responsible for educational services that enable all Tasmanians to learn, regardless of their age or where they live.

We provide educational services through our child and family centres, through primary and high schools and, at the tertiary and vocational level, through our colleges and the TasTAFE.

Click HERE for the Department of Education website.


Josef has been involved in some of Tasmania’s best-known premium wine brands including Jansz, Heemskerk, Tamar Ridge and Rochcombe (now Bay of Fires), all of which were sold over time as the business concentrated its efforts on the Josef Chromy brand and the premium grapes grown on that rolling hillside that is part of the view across the lake from the Relbia centre.

Josef is still involved every day in every aspect of the business, and he can be found testing his very discerning palate in the winery, advising the kitchen on the best cuts of meat to purchase locally, talking to visiting wine, food and travel writers, strolling through the vineyard with TV foodie personalities or making the news with his latest tourism venture. The man is the brand.  Click HERE to visit their website.

Cape Grim Natural Water

Cape Grim bottled water is the only bottled rain water in the world, clean enough to be approved by the Health Departments of the USA, EU, Australia and Japan.

Cape Grim, Tasmania, Australia is identified by the Australian Government's Scientific & Research Organisation (CSIRO), as having the cleanest air on Earth.

Cape Grim bottled water is cleaner / purer than any mineral water or spring water. In fact it is so pure it cannot even be used for the production of beer.
From the cleanest air comes the purest "bottled water".