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THE PRINCE OF PASTRY, STEPHANE BOUR COMES TO CROWN FOR STARS OF STARS - 01 February 2012
‘Prince of Pastry’, Stephane Bour, is one of Crown’s exceptional guests.  
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‘Prince of Pastry’, Stephane Bour, is one of Crown’s exceptional guests. From 6 to 11 March this man, one of the greatest pastry chefs currently working in France, will be showcasing his extraordinary skills and imagination at Crown’s Number 8 Restaurant & Wine Bar. His special appearances during the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival will include two afternoon teas on Saturday 10 March and Sunday 11 March.

Whilst in Melbourne, Bour, previously Executive Pastry Chef for both Marc Menau and Marc Veyrat, will share his experience and deliver all the secrets of molecular pastry making. His search for new experiences and for extending the boundaries of techno- emotional pastry making means he constantly produces new and exciting avant-garde works.

During his time at Number 8 Bour’s signature dishes will be showcased alongside a pioneer of modern gastronomy and fellow ‘Stars of Stars’ chef, Thierry Marx.

Marx and Bour will also collaborative on a once-in-a- lifetime fantasy dinner to take place on Wednesday 7 March at Number 8 restaurant & wine bar, showcasing the dishes of the year 2032 as imagined – and predicted – by this molecular gastronomy super duo.

This year’s ‘Stars of Stars’ is the fourth instalment in this innovative Michelin Star focused ‘Stars’ series, following on from ‘Stars of Europe’ (2009), ‘Stars of America’ (2010) and 2011’s ‘Stars of Spice’. The other seven guest chefs for 2012 are Belgium’s Sang-Hoon Degeimbre, Italy’s Luisa Valazza, France’s Serge Vieira, Thierry Marx and Jacques Marcon, Tokyo’s Jun Yukimura and Hong Kong’s Mok Kit Keung.

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Melissa Pinder
Media Relations Senior Coordinator Crown Entertainment Complex
T +61 3 9292 8610
M +61 401 182 281
E melissap@crownmelbourne.com.au

Tara Bishop
Media Relations Manager
Crown Entertainment Complex
T +61 3 9292 8673
M +61 422 003 549
E tarab@crownmelbourne.com.au 

FROM MARTIAL ARTS TO MODERN GASTRONOMY, THIERRY MARX COMES TO CROWN - 01 February 2012
Double Michelin-starred chef Thierry Marx is one of the most watched chefs in the world and, from 6 to 11 March, Marx will be chef in residence at Crown’s Number 8 restaurant & wine bar.  
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Double Michelin-starred chef Thierry Marx is one of the most watched chefs in the world and, from 6 to 11 March, Marx will be chef in residence at Crown’s Number 8 restaurant & wine bar. His signature dishes will be showcased alongside those of the ‘Prince of Pastry’ and fellow visiting chef, France’s Stephane Bour.

Marx, one of the pioneers of molecular gastronomy, is currently based at Sur Mesure at the Mandarin Oriental in Paris on Rue Saint Honoré. The former paratrooper and now practicing Buddhist says his beliefs have influenced his cooking in subtle but important ways, causing him to look more closely at nature and develop greater respect for ingredients.

The son of Polish immigrants – his mother runs a take- way food van outside a football stadium – Marx describes his style as “planetary cooking” and aims to produce harmonious dishes created from both tradition and innovation.

In his private laboratory he works on cryonics, freeze- drying and various emulsion techniques and his dishes have involved icy-cold deep frying, uncooked soufflés and unstructured lemon tarts.

The popular description of him is a Gallic version of Ferran Adria, he is also compared to the UK’s Heston Blumenthal but Marx cites Pierre Gagnaire as his biggest influence, as well as the time he spends in Asia annually. In the past Marx has described Japanese cuisine as a “real philosophy, not only cooking”. He says he cooks for the emotion and also for the communication, believing that cooking for another person is about personal spirit, not just food.

Thierry Marx will join Serge Vieira, Jun Yukimura, Sang- Hoon Degeimbre and Luisa Valazza in presenting the Festival’s Masterclass weekend.

Marx and Stephane Bour will also collaborate on a once- in-a-lifetime fantasy dinner to take place on Wednesday 7 March at Number 8 restaurant & wine bar, showcasing the dishes of the year 2032 as imagined – and predicted – by this molecular gastronomy super duo.

This 2012 visit follows on from Marx’s immensely popular participation in Crown’s 2009 ‘Stars of Europe’ programme. This year’s ‘Stars of Stars’ is the fourth instalment in this innovative Michelin Star focused ‘Stars’ series, following on from ‘Stars of Europe’ (2009), ‘Stars of America’ (2010) and 2011’s ‘Stars of Spice’. The other seven guest chefs for 2012 are Belgium’s Sang-Hoon Degeimbre, Italy’s Luisa Valazza, France’s Serge Vieira, Stephane Bour and Jacques Marcon, Tokyo’s Jun Yukimura and Hong Kong’s Mok Kit Keung.

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For further information or to obtain high resolution images, please contact:

Melissa Pinder
Media Relations Senior Coordinator Crown Entertainment Complex
T +61 3 9292 8610
M +61 401 182 281
E melissap@crownmelbourne.com.au

Tara Bishop
Media Relations Manager
Crown Entertainment Complex
T +61 3 9292 8673
M +61 422 003 549
E tarab@crownmelbourne.com.au 

CROWN HOSTS A CONSTELLATION OF THE WORLD’S BEST STAR CHEFS DURING THE 20th ANNIVERSARY 2012 MELBOURNE FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL - 01 February 2012
Melbourne, Australia. Crown Melbourne is thrilled to announce a diverse culinary program of events will take place for 12 consecutive days from 6-18 March 2012. 
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TUESDAY 6 MARCH – SUNDAY 18 MARCH 2012

Melbourne, Australia. Crown Melbourne is thrilled to announce a diverse culinary program of events will take place for 12 consecutive days from 6-18 March 2012.

The confirmed Michelin Star-studded line-up of guest chefs include Italy’s three Michelin Star chef, Luisa Valazza, four of France’s best chefs including double Michelin Star chef, Thierry Marx from the newly opened Paris restaurant, Sur Mesure, one Michelin Star chef, Serge Vieira, the ‘Prince of Pastry,’ Stephane Bour and Jacques Marcon from three Michelin Star Restaurant Regis and Jacques Marcon, double Michelin Star chef, Sang-Hoon Degeimbre from Belgium’s renowned L’Air Du Temps, acclaimed Tokyo triple Michelin Star chef, Jun Yukimura and two Michelin Star-rated Shang Palace’s chef Mok Kit Keung from Hong Kong.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, the 2012 ‘Stars of Stars’ program will host more world-renowned chefs and more events than ever before.

The program includes 7 one-off special dinners, including a once-in-a-lifetime gala dinner taking place on Saturday 10 March at the Melbourne Exhibition buildings as well as a fantasy dinner showcasing dishes for the future in the year 2032. This extraordinary dinner will be a culinary highlight on the festival’s calendar. Molecular gastronomy experts, Thierry Marx and Stephane Bour will collaborate to transform today’s ingredients into a menu that aims to predict what diners will be eating in 20 years time.

Other dinners will celebrate regional French dishes prepared by Serge Vieira and Jacques Marcon matched with Dom Perignon, an exquisite degustation prepared by Jun Yukimura paired with specially selected sake by visiting Sake Master from Japan, a contemporary dinner teamed with wine and vodka expertly crafted by Korean-born, Belgium-based Sang-Hoon Degeimbre, an Italian feast accompanied by some of Piedmont’s best wines and a not-to-be-missed banquet of

wok-free Chinese dishes prepared by induction cooking enthusiast, Mok Kit Keung at Crown’s iconic Silks restaurant. In addition, all visiting chefs with the exception of Jun Yukimura will host cooking classes at Crown’s purpose-built, world-class training facility, The Culinarium.

Thierry Marx, Serge Vieira, Jun Yukimura, Sang-Hoon Degeimbre and Luisa Valazza will also participate in the festival’s Masterclass weekend.

The ‘Stars of Stars’ is the fourth installment in Crown’s innovative Michelin Star focused ‘Stars’ series of events and follows on from three successful years which included ‘Stars of Europe’ (2009), ‘Stars of America’ (2010) and this year’s stellar success, ‘Stars of Spice.’

Due to popular demand, Luisa Valazza, Thierry Marx and Jun Yukimura are all returning to Crown.

Luisa Valazza, from Italy’s Al Sorriso restaurant and Thierry Marx visited Crown in March 2009 as part of Crown’s “Stars of Europe” program of events while Jun Yukimura, the triple Michelin Star chef from Tokyo’s renowned Yukimura restaurant visited Melbourne as part of Crown’s ‘Stars of Spice’ program of events.

Luisa Valazza will be a guest chef in residence at Crown’s JJ’s Bar & Grill from 14-18 March 2012. Chef Luisa Valazza was the first Italian woman to win three Michelin stars at her restaurant, Al Sorriso, in Piedmont Italy. Diners from all over Europe descend on this prize-winning venue to experience Chef Valazza’s gastronomic creations. Guests will not have to travel to Italy to dine from Valazza’s unforgettable menu. Instead, diners can simply visit the intimate JJ’s Bar and Grill to enjoy a host of Italy’s best creations.

Thierry Marx is one of the pioneers of molecular gastronomy. He is currently based at Sur Mesure at the Mandarin Oriental in Paris. He is going to be a guest chef in residence at Number 8 restaurant and wine bar from 6-11 March 2012.

CROWN PRESENTS

STARS OF STARS 2012

6-18 MARCH

Jun Yukimura is one of Japan’s most revered chefs. In 2012, he will once again create a ‘Pop Up’ restaurant at Crown’s award-winning Koko restaurant from 6-11 March.

Stephane Bour is without dispute one of France’s best pastry chefs. He has worked alongside the revered Marc Meneau and Marcv Veyrat and will be showcasing his extraordinary pastry prowess at Number 8 restaurant & wine bar from 6-11 March including two afternoon teas on Saturday 10 March and Sunday 11 March.

Chef Mok Kit Keung from Hong Kong’s Shang Palace will be guest chef in residence at Silks from 13-18 March. His feature menus will include some of his signature dishes, braised bird’s nest with pumpkin cream Japanese-style and braised spare rib in chin kiang vinegar with cabbage.

From the 13-18 March, acclaimed double Michelin Star chef, Sang-Hoon Degeimbre is going to be a guest

chef at Number 8 restaurant & wine bar. Belgium’s L’Air du Temps restaurant is widely regarded as one of the country’s best restaurants largely due to 37 year old chef, Sang-Hoon Degeimbre.

Serge Vieira is one of France’s best known single Michelin Star chefs. He and his wife operate Restaurant Serge Vieira in the Cantal region at Chaudes-Aigues. Serge is best known for his obsessive use of local ingredients. Serge will be resident chef at JJ’s Bar & Grill from 8-11 March.

Jacques Marcon works alongside his father, Regis Marcon at the triple Michelin star eponymously named, Restaurant Regis and Jacques Marcon in regional France. The father and son team are regarded as masters of the mushroom and incorporate funghi in their French cuisine.

Bookings can be made by contacting +61 3 9292 6213. ENDS

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A Game-Changing Gastro Pub, The Merrywell is set to open at Crown with Innovative Globe-Trotters Grant MacPherson and Sam DeMarco - 01 February 2012
The Merrywell will be a modern interpretation of a gastronomy-driven pub offering a trail-blazing blend of quality food, drink and service in Melbourne’s hottest new drinking hole. 
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Melbourne, Australia, February 2012. The Merrywell will be a modern interpretation of a gastronomy-driven pub offering a trail-blazing blend of quality food, drink and service in Melbourne’s hottest new drinking hole.

Need to know: When does it open?

Where is it?

What to eat?

What to drink?

What will it look like? Who will go?

Pencil in for Friday night drinks, a morning caffeine fix, breakfast, lunch (Thursday –Sunday) and dinner 7 days a week from 18 April 2012.

It’s in Crown’s emerging “West End” precinct, on the corner of Clarendon Street and Crown’s Riverside.

Think Brit-grub favourites such as “piggies in a blanket” with house-made dipping sauces, cool burgers, Sammy D’s famous chicken lollipops with blue cheese fondue and a roll-call of re-interpreted classics and old-school faves re-invented such as seafood Shepherd’s pie, Scotch eggs and wood-fired Jack Daniel’s pork chops.

Craving something sweet? Try a twisted banana split or feel like a kid again and order mini ice cream cones.

Choose from a list of boutique beers, Vestal purified water, local and imported wines and a hand-crafted cocktail list.

Casual. Unpretentious. High energy.

Set to a backing track of the DJ’s vinyl collection, an informed gathering of taste-makers, trend-hunters and those wishing to relax and celebrate will be able to soak up the atmosphere overlooking Melbourne’s Yarra River and choose from a modern day burger bar downstairs and the “Top of The Merrywell” restaurant upstairs, complete with an outdoor heated terrace.

Who are Grant MacPherson and Sammy D?

Scottish-born, Las Vegas-based chef, Grant MacPherson and acclaimed American chef, Sam DeMarco (Sammy D), who is best known for making dishes that other chefs crave, are culinary innovators who are not afraid to break with tradition and are equally at home in the kitchen and behind the bar.

Their interest in local and seasonal produce borders on an obsession and they’ve trekked around the world in their pursuit of satisfying cravings and sharing their passion for hospitality. They’ve now cherry-picked Melbourne for their latest venture, their first time working together in Australia.

No bookings required at the burger bar. Restaurant bookings suggested.

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Tara Bishop
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Jodi Crocker
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Ann Peacock
General Manager - Public Relations T. +61 3 9292 8607
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Aussie Millions - Poker Championship - 29 January 2012
The new king of poker was crowned tonight, when Oliver Speidel, a 26-year-old banker from Melbourne, Victoria. 
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POKERS FIELD OF DREAMS

OLIVER SPEIDEL, 26-YEAR-OLD FROM MELBOURNE CROWNED 2012 AUSSIE MILLIONS CHAMPION

Melbourne, Australia. Sunday 29 January 2012. The new king of poker was crowned tonight, when Oliver Speidel, a 26-year-old banker from Melbourne, Victoria collected a whopping $1,600,000 in prize money after winning the Main Event of the 2012 Aussie Millions Poker Championship. Speidel was then presented with the widely-cherished and universally-revered diamond-encrusted gold ring, representing the game’s ultimate achievement, a glass trophy, a Rolex watch and all the glory for his efforts.

The triumph was both a mental and physical marathon, after Speidel overcame a field of 659 entrants from all over the globe, who participated in the tenth anniversary of the Aussie Millions ‘Main Event’.

The No-Limit Holdem tournament, with a buy-in of $10,600, began on Sunday 22 January, and took seven days to complete. Speidel’s route to victory was a determined one, albeit peppered with a few unwanted detours.

He arrived at the Final Table, which began today, Sunday 29 January at 12:30pm, and the atmosphere in the ‘Studio 3’ (the official film set for the Aussie Millions, at Crown Melbourne) was electric and it only got better when Speidel jumped on the table, laid on his back, picked up bundles of his newly won cash.

The final duel was played in front of a packed house of nearly 200 spectators and a worldwide audience following the action over the internet. Millions more will watch the final crescendo of the 2012 Aussie Millions Poker Championship ‘Main Event’ later in the year, when international television programming is confirmed.

The runner up was Kenneth Wong, from Hong Kong. Despite the disappointment of defeat, he could take great pride in a noble effort that resulted in overcoming all but one of the 659 players who began the pursuit of every poker player's greatest dream. Wong collected a supreme consolation prize of $1,000,000 in prize money.

Crown congratulates Oliver Speidel on his tremendous accomplishment after playing superb poker over a prolonged period against a record field that included virtually every single top poker professional and hundreds of talented amateurs from Australia and around the globe.

The final seven players of the tenth anniversary of the Aussie Millions ‘Main Event’ were:

1st Oliver Speidel AUD$1,600,000
2nd Kenneth Wong AUD$1,000,000
3rd Mile Krstanoski AUD$ 610,000
4th Mohamad Kowssarie AUD$405,000

5th Patrick Healy AUD$325,000 6th Bjorn Li AUD$225,000
7th Yann Dion AUD$175,000

A complete list of all those who cashed in the 2012 Aussie Millions Poker Championship can be located via http://www.pokernews.com/live-reporting/2012-aussie-millions/aussie-millions-main-event/

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Natasha Stipanov
Media Relations Manager - Gaming
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Ann Peacock
General Manager - Public Relations Crown Entertainment Complex Telephone: +61 3 9292 8607
Email: annp@crownmelbourne.com.au 

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