On Saturday 8 October 2016, the Nenke family will host their twelfth Cambinata Extravaganza. The event is held in the shearing shed on the century old farm. This is no ordinary shearing shed, however, and no ordinary event. The venue is described by Journalist Jane Cornes as ‘a cross between the enchantment of Aladdin’s cave and Crocodile Dundee’. Vintage artefacts hang from the rafters complemented by hand crafted candelabras and candlelit chandeliers. Combined with our grand piano, our guests really do experience the ‘wow factor!’
The evening is preceded by a mini expo where diners can meet and purchase from the regional producers of the fabulous foods and wines on the menu. The meal is fit for royalty! This year’s guest chef, Xavier Poupel, of Terroir & Table (based in the Great Southern region and originally from France), has prepared food for royalty, billionaires, political figures, and celebrities including the Aga Khan, Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis, Robert Redford and Prince Charles. Xavier has cooked aboard the private yachts of Princess Caroline of Monaco and the King of Saudi Arabia as well as worked as Private Chef for their majesties, King Abdullah and Queen Rania of Jordan and the Sultan of Brunei. His resume includes Executive chef in renowned kitchens around the world and now he is excited to be coming to Kukerin! Fuelled by his own strong food and family traditions, Xavier’s passion has long been Provincial-style cuisine. True to his French traditional leanings, his approach is simple: ‘Quality seasonal produce first, with as little manipulation as possible: the idea is to enhance, not mask, natural flavours.’
Xavier will be accompanied by his friend and colleague, Eric Barlette, who was educated at the Montpellier Professional School of Cuisine, France. Xavier and Eric first met when Eric was Executive Chef for the Royal Family of Jordan and they are both looking forward to working together again at the Cambinata Extravaganza. Entertainment for this years Extravaganza will be headlined with international artist Minky G as well as by our ever popular resident pianist Cameron Evans. Each year guests camp in the adjoining paddock or stay in local accommodation. On Sunday morning, everyone is welcome to join the family for a barbecued breakfast and tour of the world class yabby establishment. Donations are collected for the Royal Flying Doctor.
Rich Keam, the winner of WA’s ‘Best Jobs in the World’ Taste Master role, will be attending this year’s Cambinata Extravaganza. Rich will be exploring the best experiences the Wheatbelt has to offer, and will share his experiences with the world via social media.