Meet The Chefs Behind The Million Dollar Lunch 2019

In 2019, a distinguished menu was created especially for the event by Guillaume Brahimi, Bistro Guillaume, and Hari Unterrainer, Crown Melbourne.

In the Kitchen with…

Guillaume Brahimi, Executive Chef at Bistro Guillaume and Hari Unterrainer, Executive Pastry Chef at Crown Melbourne.

Q: The Million Dollar Lunch menu is a highly anticipated feature of the event. What was your inspiration for the Entrée, Main Course and Dessert this year?

Guillaume: This year I wanted to create a light entrée featuring amazing Ora king salmon. For the main course I chose to cook my braised beef short ribs, a real winter crowd pleaser – I think!
Hari: The dessert this year was the hardest so far! It involved lots of planning and preparation to work with the theme “In Full Bloom” (I love flowers!). I’ve created a beautiful chocolate flower with a special touch

Q: Talking about our theme “In Full Bloom” what is your favourite coloured food?

Guillaume: I don’t have a favourite food colour but in line with the seasonal theme, I can say it is my philosophy to cook with seasonal food that is “In Bloom” produce wise.
Hari: I really like food that is red. Think strawberries, raspberries, pomegranate, watermelon, tomatoes and even red onions!!!

Q: What is your favourite meal to cook at home?

Guillaume: Too many favourite meals to mention, but it would be hard to pass on my BBQ with a variety of salads on the side. Or for comfort food, my roast chicken with tarragon jus and Paris mash.
Hari: I love to cook Italian food. Everyone loves my black ink spaghetti with tuna and tomato, even the neighbours.

Q: It’s a privilege having you both involved again this year. What do you love most about this special event that raises funds for childhood cancer research?

Guillaume: I love seeing the generosity and philanthropic spirit of Melbourne, especially for such a worthwhile cause. With four children myself, the privilege is all mine.
Hari: The Million Dollar Lunch is such a great event and it is my honour to be involved. Every year I hope we raise more money than the previous event. This is a fantastic charity event, for a very special cause.

The Final Word…

” Wondering which wine to match with your lunch? A spectacular wine list by Levantine Hill Estate awaits, but if I were a guest I would definitely choose the Chardonnay because Levantine Hill Estate Chardonnay is really amazing. I would also select the Shiraz as it goes perfectly with the tender beef and smokiness of the cabbage.”

– Talking wines with Guillaume

” It makes me happy to excite other people by simply doing something that I love. The science and the creative side to making these desserts really motivates me and keeps me coming up with new creations! Enjoy!”

– Sweet regards from Hari

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