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The Great Chefs Series



Be part of a 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, Tasmania.

The Great Chefs Series is an opportunity for some of the most influential culinary minds on the planet to mentor, coach and collaborate with the developing 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 degustation.

Each of the 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

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

View Brand Tasmania and TasTAFE Drysdale – videos of the 2016 events so far


Dan Hong Degustation

September 30, 2016


Sashimi of Tasmanian Stripey Trumpeter with fresh wasabi, white soy dressing and fresh Tasmanian Wakame

Moores Hill- NV Sparkling Blanc de blancs


Chilled Somen noodle salad of Tasmanian abalone, cucumber, leeks and ocean trout roe

Moores Hill- 2015 Riesling


Strange Flavour Pork belly, Sichuan chilli oil and sesame sauce

Moores Hill- 2016 Pinot Gris


Steamed Tasmanian Crayfish with Blackbean, chilli and garlic

Moores Hill- 2015 Chardonnay


Sweet and sour wallaby tail

Charcoal roasted Cape Grim Shortrib “Shandong style”

Salt and pepper Flinders Island Lamb ribs with fennel and cumin salt

Steamed local greens, garlic oil, oyster sauce and steamed rice

Moores Hill- 2015 Pinot Noir / 2015 Cabernet Merlot


Local Sheeps milk yoghurt sorbet with jasmine tea jelly and local seasonal berries

Moores Hill- 2015 CGR Late Harvest Riesling


    Michael Luo    Dim Sum lunch menu

October 2, 2016


First Course

魚子醬帶子蝦仁燒賣 Tobiko, scallop and prawn shumai
水晶竹笋蝦餃 King prawn and bamboo shoot dumpling
檸香帶子龍蝦餃 Scallop with lobster dumpling
鮑香鮮蝦猪肉燒賣 Pork and prawn abalone shumai
野生菌菇餃 Wild mushroom dumpling

Second Course

黑菌神牛酥 Truffle and Wagyu puff

Third Course

金湯小籠包 Pork xiao long bao

Forth Course

香酥鴨春卷 Aromatic duck spring roll

Fifth Course

香煎雞肉韭菜餃 Pan fried chicken and chive dumpling

Sixth Course

Selection from first course

Seventh Course

美味脆皮金沙球 Deep fried salted duck egg yolk custard dumpling

Accompanying wines

Josef Chromy NV Tasmania Cuvée
2016 Josef Chromy Sauvignon Blanc
2015 Josef Chromy Chardonnay
2015 Pepik Pinot Noir


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.

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.

Mantra HotelS

Explore extraordinary Tasmania with the perfectly located Mantra hotels,
When looking for accommodation in Launceston you’ll find Mantra Charles Hotel offers prime accessibility to the best of the region. Located in the heart of Tasmania’s North, this hotel is well-appointed, featuring an art deco exterior with rooms decorated in complementary autumn colours, it’s an ideal base for your time in Launceston.
Explore Hobart and with two great accommodation options.  Mantra Collins Located in the Hobart CBD, blends old with new, incorporating a historical building and a modern accommodation block which houses contemporary hotel rooms and apartments while Mantra One Sandy Bay Road is the perfect accommodation option for those wanting to enjoy peace, comfort and all that Tasmania has to offer. Just minutes walk from the Hobart CBD, marina precinct and popular Salamanca Place, you will never be short of things to do.
Stay 2 nights or more in any one hotel and save up to 10%. Click Here for more details

Tamar Valley Truffles

Tamar Valley Truffles is a family business with 3000 oak trees in the Tamar Valley near Lake Trevallyn, 15mins. From Launceston.

These trees were planted in 2000 and were producing truffles after the first 5 years, with a gradual increase each year.  Dogs are used for smelling the truffle and a fluro marker is placed on the ground, then is gently prised out by the harvesters.

Most of the fresh truffle is Exported to Hong Kong, Japan, and a small amount to the USA.

Originally product was sold to various places in Europe which is great for the ego but with smallish volumes it is easier to use a distributor to deliver to the top end Chefs in their own region.

Two years ago we developed the concept of value adding the Truffle range from growing and selling fresh product to working in conjunction with Tasmania’s leading food manufacturers.

We began working recipes with Tasmanian Gourmet Sauces, Australian Honey Products, Caccavo Olive Oil, All award winning companies in their own right. So a perfect combination.

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

We braved the wild, untouched coast of Tasmania, with its notorious, freezing Antarctic storms, thundering black clouds and icy winds. All to capture the precious rain of Cape Grim, the world's purist drinking water.

In a time when food has become complicated and over embellished, people are yearning for the simpler things in life.

Cape Grim remains perfect. Unadulterated. Untouched and pure.

Click here to visit Cape Grim's 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.