Camera IconMasterChef Australia judges Gary Mehigan, Matt Preston and George Calombaris with Wildflower head chef Matt Satori.
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So much so that whenever the opportunity arises for the esteemed food critic turned MasterChef Australia judge to head west, he makes up a list of the local restaurants, bars and eateries he wants to visit.
While in town last month, the 57-year-old raved about Perth’s ever-evolving food scene, going as far as dropping the names of several places he planned to visit during his stay.
“I think the beauty of Western Australia has always been … Perth’s food scene is unlike anywhere else. It was totally unique because of the isolation over here,” he said.
“We went to Mechanics (Institute Bar), which is one of my favourite places to come. And so I think that whole thing, of that kind of explosion of individualism that represents the Perth food scene, is so exciting.
“When I come here, I really don’t want to go to a restaurant where the chef isn’t really from here. It’s the same experience I’d get in Sydney or Melbourne … and the best experiences we had here were in King Somm, Si Paradiso, Lulu La Delizia …