ALUMNI at Crown Melbourne

This pop-up restaurant will feature residencies from four former 'MasterChef Australia' contestants.
Andrew Zuccala
Published on April 29, 2024


MasterChef Australia fans — we know there's a heap of you out there — are in for a real treat in May when four of the show's former contestants take over Crown Melbourne's Evergreen space overlooking the Yarra.

The ALUMNI pop-up restaurant will feature Kishwar Chowdhury, Callum Hann, Khanh Ong and one mystery chef who is yet to be announced. Each will have their own three-week stint at Crown, sharing some of their signature dishes and other eats from the cuisines they are best known for. The four-course set menus will cost diners $150 per person, while kids get their own $75 feast.

Kishwar Chowdhury kicks off the MasterChef festivities with a menu inspired by her Bengali background, running from Thursday, May 16–Thursday, June 2. Chowdhury has a passion for sourcing rare ingredients and growing hard-to-find produce, so we are expecting a few surprises here.

ALUMNI masterchef pop-up restaurant at Crown Melbourne

She's followed by Callum Hann, who placed second in the 2010 competition after cooking Peter Gilmore's famous snow egg and will run the pass from Thursday, June 6–Sunday, June 23. Hann is a champion of sustainable cooking practices, and will use his menu to showcase local farmers and discuss issues surrounding food waste.

Khanh Ong, known for sharing the flavours of his native Vietnam and for his new cookbook, A Gay Guy's Guide to Life Love Food, will then take over the kitchen from Thursday, June 27–Sunday, July 14.

We're yet to know anything about the fourth chef but have been told their residency will be properly announced on Tuesday, June 25. Let the wild speculating begin.

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