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Sep 5, 2011

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Mark Best comes to Lizard Island

Mark Best, one of Australia’s most celebrated chefs, will bring his culinary talents to the remote shores of Lizard Island in October for a one-off gourmet weekend.

Best has received a string of accolades for his Sydney restaurant Marque, most recently when Marque was named as Restaurant of the Year 2012 in the Australian Gourmet TravellerRestaurant Guide Awards last week.

Best and his French-inspired restaurant Marque, in Sydney’s Surry Hills, also gained worldwide recognition last year when he won the Breakthrough Award at the London-based S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy.

Marque has also been named Restaurant of the Year in the 2011 Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide, and awarded Three Hats in the 2010 Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide, where Best was also named Best Chef. Marque is one of just three restaurants in Sydney to have received the acclaimed Three Hats accolade.

Against the backdrop of the stunning natural beauty of Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef, Best will work alongside Lizard Island Executive Chef Mark Jensen to prepare two nights of exciting menus, inspired by Marque, over the weekend of the 21st and 22nd of October.

The menus, developed exclusively for Lizard Island, will be accompanied by Champagnes from Louis Roederer on the Friday night (21st October) and Australian wines from Leeuwin Estate on the Saturday night (22nd October). Leeuwin Estate is one of the five founding wineries of the famed Margaret River district of Western Australia.

The weekend will be hosted by Lizard Island General Manager Robyn Pontynen and facilitated by Jean-Jacques Peyre, wine educator and general manager of Casama Wines.  "We are honoured to be able to welcome Mark Best to Lizard Island,” said Pontynen. “Our guests will be delighted that they can enjoy his creations in such a spectacular setting.”

“In addition, to have his menus matched by wines from Leeuwin Estate and Champagnes from Louis Roderer will make this a weekend not to be missed.”

Included within the price of a two-night stay on Lizard Island, the Mark Best Weekend will be available for guests to enjoy as a complimentary highlight of their stay. A two-night stay on Lizard Island starts from $3,400 per room and includes all meals, a selection of premium alcoholic beverages and a range of activities including motorised dinghies, snorkelling and gourmet picnic hampers.

Lizard Island recently underwent a soft refurbishment to bring out the best of its beachside location on the Great Barrier Reef. At Lizard, guests can do as they wish, when they wish. A maximum of just 80 guests are accommodated in 40 villas, only minutes from the beach.

Mark Best, Chef & Owner of Marque Restaurant, Sydney

Mark Best started by discovering cooking accidentally and ended up becoming an unquestionable symbol of the new Australian Cuisine. His perseverance and his ‘eternal dissatisfaction’ (as he calls it himself) are the vitamins for his spectacular personal development.

Best started his working life as an electrician in the gold mines of Western Australia before starting his culinary career at the age of 25. He commenced an apprenticeship at the Macleay Street Bistro, Potts Point, in 1990. This was the beginning of his passion for French food. In the fourth year of his apprenticeship he was awarded the Josephine Pignolet Award for ‘Best Up and Coming Chef’ in New South Wales.

In 1995 with wife Valerie Best, he opened his own restaurant, Peninsula Bistro, Balmain, which soon developed a strong local following and rave critical acclaim.

During this time he decided to further his study of French Cuisine in France. In 1998 he worked at ‘L’Arpège’ in Paris, Alain Passard’s three Michelin Star ‘Gastro Temple’. He followed this with a stint at Raymond Blanc’s, ‘Le Manoir Aux Quatre Saisons’ in Great Milton, UK. His time overseas fuelled his desire to open Marque.

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