Indulge in the delicious culinary delights of celebrated Chef, Jerry Mai of Pho Nom at the 2016 Women in Food and Agriculture Lunch during the Royal Melbourne Show on Friday 23 September.
Renowned chef of Melbourne’s most exciting Vietnamese Pho restaurant, Jerry will create the event’s bespoke menu, featuring locally grown produce by some of Victoria’s best female producers from Warialda Belted Galloway Beef, Bundarra Berkshires Pork, Yapunyah Meadow Grazed Chicken, Faranda Farms, Myrrhee Premium Boer Goats, Two Birds Brewing and Sutton Grange.
Celebrate the fabulous women, chefs, producers and makers who contribute to Victoria’s agrifood and fibre industry and share experiences with like-minded women, for a relaxed and fun afternoon hosted by food writer and author Hilary McNevin.
Tickets to the event include complimentary admission to the Royal Melbourne Show.
MC- Hilary McNevin
Hilary McNevin has dedicated her working life to food and wine. She worked front-of-house for 15 years, managing restaurants and studying wine in Australia and the UK before shifting careers and becoming a food and wine writer in 2004.
Hilary’s written work appears SBS Food Online, The Australian, 9Kitchen, Winestate magazine, The Weekly Review and Broadsheet.com.au. She co-authored the book, The Atlantic at Home with chef Donovan Cooke in 2014 and edited the award-winning Temples of BBQ by Lance Rosen, released in 2015.
It was in 2008 she wrote Guide to Fish: Choosing and Cooking Sustainable Species which set her on a path to explore and write about sustainable and ethical business practices particularly in the hospitality and food industries.
She founded her events business, Pep Events, in 2015 and regularly updates her culinary adventures on hilarymcnevin.com.
Chef- Jerry Mai
Jerry Mai was one of the first chefs to bring authentic Vietnamese flavours to Melbourne’s kitchens. She continues to be a culinary leader whose paddock to plate ethos and no-fuss attitude is winning friends and fans in Melbourne and afield.
Jerry’s cooking tells her family’s story through flavours. The food is predominantly Vietnamese, with more than a little inspiration from Thai and Cambodian cuisine. But this is no pan-Asian bandwagon wannabe – Jerry is the real deal and her food is inspired by the places her parents were born, raised and lived before, during and after the Vietnam War.
Jerry spent her early years at some of Melbourne’s best known and most respected Asian-accented restaurants – Longrain (2006), Seamstress (2007) and Gingerboy (2008-9). Jerry has learnt from the best in the business and brings the training and expertise from these popular kitchens and busy chefs to everything that she does.
As with many antipodean chefs, Jerry felt the call of London and spent two years in one of the world’s great culinary capitals.
At Nahm, Jerry was inspired daily by David Thompson and his unique take on Thai food. The innovative and acclaimed fine diner was the peak of Thai cuisine and simply one of the best places in the world a chef like Jerry could hone her skills.
A stint at Zuma, the high-end uber trendy Japanese izakaya, gifted Jerry new techniques and skills, as well as the opportunity to work with new and familiar ingredients in entirely different ways.
On return to Melbourne in 2011 Jerry took a position with Geoff Lindsay at Dandelion in Elwood. Dandelion was a revelation to the dining community and Melburnian’s from both sides of the river flocked to the trendsetting suburban dining room – a solid yet playful menu of traditional Vietnamese recipes served in a sleek and serious contemporary style.
In 2014 Jerry teamed up with her brother David to share the flavours of their family kitchen with lucky shoppers and city workers. Pho Nom Emporium isn’t the standard food court fare but restaurant-quality food served with speed, consideration and more than a little heart.
At Pho Nom guests are treated to all of the traditions of Vietnamese street food but with the gift of carefully sourced and ethically produced local ingredients. Forging partnerships with Warialda beef, Little Creek cattle, Milawa Free Range Poultry and Sher wagyu among others, the Pho Nom menu truly is a collaboration of the best of both worlds.
Pho Nom Collins St opened in 2015 and with it Jerry set her sights on bringing approachable, affordable Vietnamese street food to the wider Melbourne community.
With exciting projects and guest chef opportunities scheduled, 2016 is Jerry Mai’s year.