Fergus Henderson outside the European in Melbourne in 2012.
Fergus Henderson outside the European in Melbourne in 2012. Photo: Mal Fairclough

Hilary McNevin

Fresh from being awarded the Lifetime Achievement award at the San Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants awards in London, Fergus Henderson, chef and owner of nose-to-tail London restaurant St John, has jumped on a plane and is on his way to Australia for the Tasting Australia festival in Adelaide this weekend.

After the event, he'll be visiting Melbourne and is involved in two events with friend and colleague, Ian Curley, executive chef of Spring Street's European.

"Fergus and I met in London about 15 years ago," says Curley, "we share a mutual love of drinking". This mutual love has lead to a long-term friendship and on Tuesday, May 6, the two chefs will be involved in a lunch in the Spring Street Grocer's cheese cave - which has sold out - and a dinner in the tea room at the Melbourne Supper Club. There are still some seats available for the dinner, where five courses will be served for $160 per person.

After some more catch ups with industry friends including chef Andrew McConnell, Henderson will jump on another plane and head back to the UK.

For information on Tuesday's dinner see theeuropean.com.au/events