Food

Scott Pickett Book Launch at Estelle

 

Scott Pickett launched his first cook book "A Cook's Story" at Estelle in Northcote, and The World Loves Melbourne was thrilled to be there. Since purchasing the book The World Loves Melbourne hasn't been able to put it down.

 

The book gives a fascinating insight into the culinary scene from the 1990s onwards and The World Loves Melbourne found the book inspirational for those following their dreams. It's a sensational adventure! After 25 years in the industry Scott hasn't even turned 40!

Scott Pickett, owner-chef of two celebrated Melbourne restaurants Estelle and Saint Crispin, began his career at the age of 14 in a winery restaurant and did his apprenticeship with two notable Adelaide chefs. He has learnt his craft with some of the greats – Phil Howard of The Square in London, Philippe Mouchel in Melbourne. Here he is pictured with guest Marianne Duluk.

The World Loves Melbourne loves the references to Adelaide's culinary history including Jarmer's (we found it always difficult to get a booking) and Neddy's (bank execs at corporate function struggled with nouveau cuisine), and the stories from Clarendon Winery (memories of enjoyable family functions) as well as the Salopian Inn (much frequented during my time at a wine company). The World Loves Melbourne also appreciates the references to the London and Melbourne culinary scenes. This book is an enlightening insight into kitchens in the last two decades. And of course the rise of Scott Pickett, with loads of talent and doses of larrikin.

 

A Cook’s Story tells of a life that combines a passion for food with the art and crafts of cooking. It’s an open and sometimes confronting account of dramas in the kitchen, the roller-coaster of opening one restaurant, the demands of opening a second, the pleasures and challenges of competition and success. Noted chef and owner Scott Pickett worked with respected food writer Rita Erlich to tell his story.

 

The World Loves Melbourne noted the many culinary luminaries at this event, with family, friends and colleagues of Scott Pickett present. I got to chat with Jake Kellie head chef at The Commoner and finalist in the Electrolux Young Chef of the Year awards. Across the room was Donovan Cooke from The Atlantic and other famous restaurants. I spoke with chef Jimmy from Taxi Kitchen who loves Melbourne having moved across from Manchester.

 

Estelle itself was looking wonderful. We're enjoying the European influences in Northcote, transforming it into some sort of Northcotes Du Rhone.

 

Canapes were first class, with both kitchen and bar in overdrive.

 

Every bit of space was covered, and it felt to The World Loves Melbourne like an historic evening celebrating a legend chef still in the prime of his career.

 

Speeches were eloquent with the enigmatic Cam Smith the perfect MC. Scott Pickett thanked his supporters and Rita Erlich used colourful turns of phrase in her speech.

 

Scott and Rita teamed up for book signings and The World Loves Melbourne secured its valued copy. Thanks also to Reymond Communications for a great night.

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