Monday, February 9, 2015

Pasta Passion

Joined by seven of my lovely friends I had the incredible luck of being taken on a behind the scenes tour of Jamie's Italian Restaurant in Sydney thanks to a charity auction prize!

I have always been an incredible fan of Gennaro Contaido, and when I heard many years ago he teamed up with Jamie Oliver, I was very excited.

Jamie's Italian restaurant is all about giving access to top quality food, fresh pasta and the best of Italian produce to everyone, in an affordable restaurant.  And they have done just that!

Watching the pasta specialists make fresh pasta on a huge scale was incredible.

We got to get our hands dirty with flour making foccacia and unfurling pasta as it streamed out of the special Ferrari red machines!

The line chefs in the kitchen gave us a little demonstration of the way each plate is prepared before it lands on your table.  What an incredible team!  Each portion of fresh pasta is cooked individually with incredible dishes topping over 600 mains on an average day.
And nothing goes out without the steely eye of the head chefs and a taste of each dish.  Only the freshest and best produce is allowed out.  I love the attention to taste and detail.

We were spoiled to a tasting of the signature pasta dish, Prawn Linguine and my favorite the truffled butter tagliatelle (OH JOY!).
Prawn Linguine

We then were served a delightful antipasto plate, with the Mortadella shining along with the sicilian olives.  Followed by a slow braised fennel sausage ragu with red wine, parmesan and crunchy bread crumbs wrapped around freshly made parpadelle. Divine!  The ragu clung frantically to the curly parpadelle, so every mouthful was an equal joy of pasta and sauce.  We were then served two of each dessert options!!!  OH HEAVEN!  The Brownie was my favourite, dare I say - best brownie ever!  Just incredible.


We all rolled out a little fuller, but after many laughs, wonderful moments of pasta making and tasting, and a new appreciation for the wonderful ethos of Jamie's Italian, I have to say I have a new found respect for the chef which has done so much to transform the way the world thinks about food. Hurrah!

Cocinar, comer y ser feliz,

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