No Stone unturned in journey north

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Curtis Stone during his visit to the Pilbara.
Camera IconCurtis Stone during his visit to the Pilbara. Credit: Instagram (Maude Restaurant), Maude Restaurant/Instagram

An award-winning chef’s Los Angeles restaurant is set to get a taste of WA’s North West.

The new menu at Curtis Stone’s restaurant Maude will feature dishes influenced by the flavours and produce of WA following a visit to the State late last year.

Stone and his team at Maude visited several spots throughout regional WA, including Yarrie Station in the Pilbara, Kooljaman at Cape Leveque and the Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm on the Dampier Peninsula in the West Kimber-ley.

Their journey was shared on Stone’s and Maude Restaurant’s social media.

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Stone said the whole team was inspired by their trip to WA.

“The State is really biologically diverse so there is a bounty of amazing produce with unique flavours coming out of this part of the world,” he said.

“The local food producers we met with were incredibly welcoming and totally invested in creating quality product.

“Plus the landscapes are breathtaking — vineyards, beaches and the rugged beauty of the outback — WA has it all.”

The new WA-inspired menu will draw on the experiences they had during their visit and will feature indigenous herbs, fruits and nuts, pearl meat, sustainable beef and seafood courses inspired by the team’s time spent fishing and foraging with Aboriginal elders.

“The feedback we have received so far is phenomenal. It’s exposed Maude’s diners to some distinctly WA flavour profiles,” Stone said.

The menu will run through to March this year as the restaurant changes menus every three months, drawing inspiration from an internationally renowned wine region.

Along with the WA-inspired menu, various WA locations, produce and producers will also star in a new television series hosted by Stone.

The series is expected to premiere later in the year.

Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said Stone’s promotion of the State was an excellent opportunity to “raise the profile of regional WA and all it has to offer to a global audience”.

“Food and wine tourism is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the tourism industry worldwide and part of the State Government’s strategy to increase WA visitor numbers and spend through tourism,” he said.

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