Chef Jerry Mai and Friends’ Epic Summer BBQ Celebration at Ocean Eight Winery on the Mornington Peninsula

Over the January Long Weekend, this 5-day event will feature guests chefs, including George Calombaris, Sarah Tiong, Khanh Ong, Gary Mehigan and Diana Chan.

After a highly successful summer season of weekend barbecues at Ocean Eight winery on the Mornington Peninsula, chef Jerry Mai is gathering her friends for a finale of epic proportions from Friday, 22nd to Tuesday, 26th January, 11am–3pm.

With the focus squarely on the smoky charcoal grills, Jerry will join mates Sarah Tiong*, Khanh Ong, Diana Chan and George Calombaris as they each take up the tongs for a day (details on each day in notes below).
*NSW border restrictions pending.

Friday, 22nd & Saturday, 23rd January – Marks the last weekend of solo cooking for Jerry Mai as her summer residency at Ocean Eight comes to an end.

Sunday, 24th January – The guest chef series will kick off with a ‘Greece vs Vietnam’ battle for spit superiority between Jerry and George Calombaris. Banh mi will be pitted against souva as the chefs go head to head on the charcoal grills. Guests will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite and the winner will be granted bragging rights for 2021. The day will be MC’d by cookbook author Alice Zaslavsky.

Monday, 25th January – Masterchef alumnus and celebrated chef Sarah Tiong will step up to the coals next, with a South-East Asian cook-off. The two chefs will bring the heat and fragrance for a spectacular South-East Asian feast. Food writer Sofia Levin will MC the day.

Tuesday, 26th January – Real-life housemates and TV chefs Diana Chan and Khanh Ong will face off in what is sure to be a hilarious afternoon. Known not only for their delicious food but their cheeky humour, the housemates will be serving up dishes and witty quips in abundance. Judge for the day will be none other than Gary Mehigan.

Set in the idyllic and verdant Ocean Eight winery, guests are invited to pack a picnic rug and relax on the grassy knoll overlooking the vines, whilst sipping some of the region’s best drops to match each chef’s creations.

Ocean Eight’s wines provide the perfect match for Jerry Mai’s take on South-East Asian cuisine. The wines are elegant, lean, bright and tight with a punchy acidic finish, complementing those summery, smoky barbecue flavours.

Jerry’s Bia Hoi residency at Ocean Eight has been running every weekend since 6 November, attracting locals and visitors alike and often selling out. The residency was supposed to end in December, but by popular demand, Jerry and Ocean Eight winemaker Mike Aylward decided to continue the Vietnamese barbecue feasts over the summer holidays. This final barbecue fest with friends over the January long weekend will wrap up the residency with a bang.

“We have had such a great time throughout our residency at Ocean Eight,” says Jerry Mai. “I’ve spent every weekend since November up there cooking in the sunshine and overlooking the most incredible view across the vines. I figured since we can’t holiday overseas this year, I’d bring some of the best flavours of an overseas holiday down to the coast. I can’t wait to share this special spot with my mates and taste their food – it’ll be lots of fun and, of course, delicious. We are also incredibly grateful to Hiramasa Kingfish and Porkstar for their help in pulling this together”.

Mike Aylward says, “It’s been a blast to have chef Jerry Mai, head chef Dougie and the Bia Hoi team at the Ocean Eight cellar door. It’s given visitors a true taste of how well our cool climate wines pair with South East Asian flavours. We can’t wait to welcome such talented chefs and cooks to our beautiful corner in the Mornington Peninsula. We encourage everyone to come ready for a great feed, great wines, and, knowing Chef Jerry Mai, some great laughs too.”

Dates & takeover details:
11am–3pm each day

~  Friday, 22nd Jan & Saturday 23rd Jan: Jerry Mai solo
~  Sunday, 24th Jan: George Calombaris vs Jerry Mai (MC’d by Alice Zaslavsky)
~  Monday, 25th Jan: Sarah Tiong vs Jerry Mai (MC’d by Sofia Levin)
~  Tuesday, 26th Jan: Khanh Ong vs Diana Chan (Judged by Gary Mehigan)

Location: Ocean Eight Winery, 271 Tucks Road, Shoreham VIC 3916

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Images: Michelle Jarni & Made With Moxie

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