Mode Kitchen and Bar, the elegant restaurant within Sydney’s Four Seasons Hotel, has launched a new dining series that celebrates Australia’s rich and vibrant produce and shines a light on the incredible growers and suppliers who deliver it to our plates.

The collaborative series crowned “Celebrate Australia”, has officially launched with a brand new menu that heroes South Australia’s extraordinary range of food and wine.

With its diverse micro-climates, multi-faceted landscape and distinct regions, the picturesque state grows and nurtures some of Australia’s finest citrus fruits and berries, premium sustainable seafood like Pacific oysters, mussels and Hiramasa Kingfish, fresh organic vegetables and high-quality meats including salt bush lamb, beef and kangaroos.

Celebrating South Australia sees Mode Kitchen and Bar’s Executive Chef Francesco Mannelli champion a number of the region’s most prolific producers including Goolwa Pipico, Clean Seas Seafood, Mayura Station wagyu and Woodside Cheese Wrights.

For Mannelli, simplicity is key when working with such incredible produce. He notes that the best way to highlight an ingredient that is already special on its own, is to create a dish with a good balance of flavour, a contrast in texture and respects the produce.

Guests dining on the new menu can experience dishes like sautee Coorong Pippies, served with spicy sausages from Calabria, karkalla and grilled focaccia; a grilled hard to source cut in the form of a Mayura Station Wagyu Tri Tip MB 9+ with roasted balsamic onions; Hiramasa kingfish sashimi with sweet and sour sauce, macadamia and pickled onion and a South Australian kangaroo loin, crusted with crushed Tasmanian pepper, warigal greens and beetroot.

“The Celebrate Australia series is our way of championing the amazing stories and people behind Australian produce, both for our local Sydney diners and those travelling from afar,” says Head Chef Francesco Mannelli. “We are so fortunate to live in a country that produces such a wonderful variety of beautiful and top-quality ingredients. The producers we have chosen stand out because they are all unique in their way. They’re not just passionate about quality, consistency and production, but more about the love that every producer puts into their job that makes them so special. It’s the same ethos for me in the kitchen – when you do something that comes from your heart it’s always a stand out.”

The Celebrate Australia series will continue at Mode Kitchen & Bar with further menu takeovers and producer showcases to be announced over the coming months. For more information or to make a booking, visit http://modekitchenandbar.com.au/

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