Peppers Coral Coast Resort at Airlie Beach is giving foodies an exclusive opportunity to meet the passionate locals behind the gourmet scene of the Whitsundays and taste their tropical ‘Gourmet Food Trail’ at their ‘Eat Love Cook’ event on 14 and 15 September.

Priced from $711* per couple, the ‘Eat Love Cook’ event package includes accommodation for two people in a One Bedroom Apartment, two tickets to the ‘In Season at Peppers’ degustation dinner, an intimate cooking class with Tides Restaurant & Bar Executive Chef Gregory Devine, a Queensland boutique cheese plate with matching wine on arrival, a la carte breakfast daily and a late check-out.

The two-day culinary event begins with the ‘In Season at Peppers’ degustation dinner hosted by award-winning wine critic Nick Stock* and designed by Tides Restaurant & Bar Executive Chef Gregory Devine. The menu features seasonal organic fruit and vegetables sourced in the local Bowen region, succulent fresh fish sourced from nearby reefs, the freshest Queensland scallops and braised beef cheeks. Nick Stock will match wines to the menu, as selected from the Fine Wine Partners range, and entertain guests with his experience and expertise.

The following day, Chef Devine will host an ‘Intimate Cooking Class’ at the resort’s Ocean’s Edge Villa showcasing a variety of winter recipes and allowing guests to advance their kitchen expertise and know-how.

Event only tickets are also available. Tickets to the ‘In Season at Peppers’ degustation dinner on 14 September are $165 per person. Tickets to Chef Devine’s ‘Intimate Cooking Class’ on Saturday 15 September are $90 per person.

For those who can’t make the weekend event, Peppers Coral Coast has a specially crafted ‘Gourmet Food Trail Package’ which allows guests to experience the resort’s fine food and wine offerings at their leisure.

Experience Peppers Coral Coast Resort’s ‘Gourmet Food Trail Package’ from $361* per couple per night and enjoy accommodation in a One Bedroom Apartment, a boutique cheese plate with matching wine on arrival, daily hot plated breakfast daily for two people, a five-course ‘In Season’ Winter Degustation Dinner on one evening for two people plus Wi-Fi and complimentary shuttles to Airlie Beach Village. Valid until 30 September, 2012.

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Gregory Devine has brought a wealth of experience to his role as Executive Chef at Tides Restaurant & Bar. During his 25 year career, Chef Devine has delivered his exceptional cuisine at a variety of leading establishments in the United Kingdom, Singapore, Philippines and Australia, winning a number of coveted awards along the way. Most recently he was Executive Chef to the Governor based at Government House Queensland providing his high calibre cookery to international heads of state, Prime Minister’s and Premier’s of State. Chef Devine’s menu at Tides Restaurant & Bar is based on organic fruit and vegetables all sourced from the local region as well as fish and prawns sourced from nearby reefs.
Nick Stock is one of Australia's most respected and prolific wine critics. He is a regular contributor to Gourmet Traveller and Gourmet Traveller WINE; editor of The Age/SMH Good Wine Guide, and was awarded Best Drinks Journalist at the 2007 Le Cordon Bleu World Food Media Awards. His deep involvement in wine stretches well beyond wine writing to wine show judging, educating, public speaking, radio and television broadcasting and winemaking. He engages all, from the most sophisticated and involved collector right through to the enthusiast and novice wine drinker, with his savvy, informed and engaging style.

Peppers Retreats, Resorts & Hotels is Mantra Group's luxury accommodation brand. There are 28 Peppers properties in Australia and New Zealand in regional areas, resort destinations and metropolitan locations with the first Peppers in Fiji due to open in 2012. All offer a level of style and quality to meet the expectations of the most discerning traveller:

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