Tasmanian chefs to cook up a storm at Bridport for scallop fiesta

PASSION: Renowned Tasmanian-based chef Massimo Mele will show off his culinary skills at the Tassie Scallop Fiesta. Picture: Scott Gelston
PASSION: Renowned Tasmanian-based chef Massimo Mele will show off his culinary skills at the Tassie Scallop Fiesta. Picture: Scott Gelston

Scallops are not the only drawcard for this year’s inaugural Tassie Scallop Fiesta.

Renowned Tasmanian chefs will make appearances at Bridport to cook up a storm with fresh seafood for excited crowds.

Fiesta coordinator Tony Scott said chefs such as Massimo Mele, Amy Luttrell, and Anna and Henry Terry will demonstrate their culinary skills for the crowds in August.

“Some ticket holders will be able to taste a sample of what they cook up, and everyone will be able to watch them in action and take home some tips,” he said.

Tasmanian-based Italian chef Massimo Mele, who is currently food director at the newly opened Peppers Silo Hotel in Launceston, said he was looking forward to cooking with fresh scallops and other seafood.

“With any food the freshest you can get, it is best … to keep it simple,” Mele said.

Anna and Henry Terry of Tasmanian Truffles returned home to Deloraine after their appearance on television series My Kitchen Rules.

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“We’ll have to put a bit of thought into just what we do, but I’m sure we can come up with at least one dish using truffle,” she said.

“The flavour can be subtle, but enhances whatever you match it with.”

Former MasterChef finalist Amy Luttrell will showcase her cookbook, My Tasmanian Menu, at the fiesta.

The chefs will share the stage in Bridport Hall.

Alongside cooking demonstrations, guests will be able to try seafood from stalls and Bridport eateries, listen to music provided by The Blackouts, Mick Flanagan, and Halfway to Forth, and scallop splitting races and best scallop pie competitions.

With news that Tasmania’s scallop fishery will be closed for two years, Mr Scott wanted to ensure the community the fiesta will still go ahead. 

“There hasn’t been commercial scallop fishing within Tasmanian-controlled waters for about four years now so it’s situation normal as far as where we get our scallops,” he said.

  • Tassie Scallop Fiesta will take place at Bridport on August 5, with tickets available from Eventbrite.