A culinary journey with Intercontinental Hotels

Theo Randall's Crab salad - Intercontinental Hotels Culinary Journeys

We make no secret of our love of a culinary adventure. So when I was asked if I’d like go on a “voyage of flavour” at the rather grand Intercontinental Sydney as part of the hotel group’s newly launched Culinary Journey program, the answer was of course, a resounding “hell yeah!”

But sadly, given this was a grown- up event, I had to leave BoyEatsWorld’s director of noshing and vociferous food critic, Raffles, at home to wrangle sausages and mash with Mr Eats World… which it turns out is something that I may never be forgiven for, especially given that I rubbed it in the following day with a bite by bite rundown of the extraordinary dishes created by a panel of celebrated IHG Culinary Ambassadors from around the world.

He sighed when I told him about the incredible canapés we enjoyed in The Cortile, his eyes widening at my account of Sam Leong’s wasabi prawns, Ian Kittichai’s fish dumpling, Theo Randall’s crab salad and Dean Brettschneider’s petit beetroot baguette.

Chef fanboy Raffles became even more distressed once I told him that global bakery impresario Dean, an award-winning pattisier, author and television presenter, joined us for the evening to extoll the virtues of artisan bread and share his incredible baking knowledge.

IHG Culinary ambassador Dean Brettschneider

At the point that I reveal that he also shared some of his incredible baked creations pared with truffle studded Pepe Saya artisan butter, the wide-eyes became more like slits and Raffles turned a vibrant shade of envy green!

IHG Culinary ambassador Dean Brettschneider's amazing artisan breads

When I got to the part about dining on Chef Ross Lusted’s perfectly presented Murray Cod, garnished with crisp and salty samphire on the terrace of the hotel’s brilliant buffet restaurant, Café Opera; and how we moved on to elegant 117 Dining for Japanese Chef Takagi Kazuo’s pepper beef served with foie gras paired with some of Dean’s incredible beetroot and thyme baguettes, it crosses my mind that my wee aggrieved gourmand may actually stab me.

Ross Lusted's Murray Cod on an IG Culinary Journey

But I may or may not have pilfered one of said beetroot and thyme baguettes and brought it home for Raffles and Sugarpuff to slather with butter for breakfast! Something that in turn may or may not have soothed my savage beast.

incredible beetroot and thyme baguettes by Dean BrettshniederAt least until I told him about how I waved to him from the balcony of the hotel’s exclusive rooftop Supper Club whilst soaking up the breathtaking Sydney Harbour views and indulging in Vikas Khanna’s masala chai brulee and Dean’s stunning gold-leaf enhanced raspberry-curd meringue with a genius coconut tart base.

Raspberry Meringue at Intercontinental Sydney

But all was forgiven once I told him that a series of bespoke menus crafted to feature the sublime creations of each of the renowned IHG Culinary Ambassadors will be available across at InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn Hotels throughout Australia, Asia, the Middle East and Africa from 17 August to 15 November 2015. And that, if he plays his cards right and sucks up to the right person (ie: me) that I might just let him taste a culinary journey with Intercontinental Hotels for himself.

Disclosure: Mama Eats World was a guest of the Intercontinental Hotel Group.

8 Comments on A culinary journey with Intercontinental Hotels

  1. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    August 23, 2015 at 3:33 pm (9 years ago)

    Hehe I love that you brought home one of those rolls! That must have made them very happy indeed! 😀 All of those courses sound incredible!

      August 23, 2015 at 7:59 pm (9 years ago)

      I may or may not have taken one of those rolls 😉

  2. Christine
    August 25, 2015 at 7:56 pm (9 years ago)

    Yum! That looks SO GOOD!

      August 26, 2015 at 9:53 am (9 years ago)

      I highly recommend checking it out over the next month or so Christine

  3. Mr Eatsworld
    September 1, 2015 at 11:06 am (9 years ago)

    Yeah, fair enough. My sausages did look pretty ordinary compared to that. Maybe if I add a garnish…

      September 1, 2015 at 12:50 pm (9 years ago)

      Snags with Fois Gras and truffles perhaps?

  4. Gabby
    September 12, 2015 at 2:18 pm (9 years ago)

    Poor Raffles I don’t blame him for being miffed – that all looks delicious

      September 12, 2015 at 4:17 pm (9 years ago)

      He’s off to try for himself this weekend.


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Hey, I’m Aleney! A mum, award-winning travel writer, magazine editor and gallivanting glutton. He’s Raff, the “boy” in boyeatsworld, and a fearless foodie, adventurer and eco-warrior. Along with his all-singing, all-dancing, all-adventurous sister, Sugarpuff, we’re exploring the world’s colour, culture and cuisine on a food safari for the junior set.

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