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Celebrate Australia

iFest lines up top Houston chefs for a friendly barbecue competition

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Australia native Jason Gould is one of the chefs participating in Celebrate Australia.  Photo by Matt Callahan
20 Eleven XI Restaurant & Bar chef Kevin Bryant
Kevin Bryant of Eleven XI will put a Southern Coastal spin on barbecue for the event.  Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/
Nara Chef Donald Chang
Donald Chang will serve Korean-inspired barbecue at Celebrate Australia.  Photo by © Julie Soefer
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20 Eleven XI Restaurant & Bar chef Kevin Bryant
Nara Chef Donald Chang
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It's time to throw some shrimp on the barbie — at least in the proverbial sense. As part of the Houston International Festival's 2014 spotlight on Australia, organizers have created an event their calling Celebrate Australia. Described in a release as "an evening highlighting Texas and Australian BBQ through a spirited grilling competition," Celebrate Australia will take place on May 1 in Hermann Square in front of City Hall.

Chefs including Donald Chang of Nara, Kevin Bryant of Eleven XI and Australian native Jason Gould of Cyclone Anaya's will serve their take on barbecue to 200 attendees.  The event will benefit the Houston Festival Foundation’s year-round arts and education programs that reach up to 900,000 students in the Greater Houston area and beyond.

“This new event will not only highlight the cuisine of Australia but also celebrate the cooking expertise of Houston chefs. Celebrate Australia will be a festive evening of food, beverage, music, and networking but most importantly fundraising for our educational programs.” said Kim Stoilis, CEO & President of the Houston International Festival.

CultureMap and Texas Monthly are media partners of the event. Festival partner Fiesta will supply meat and seafood for the competition.

Tickets start at $75 for individual admission, with 10 person tables available for $1,500 and $3,000. Find all the details on the iFest website.  

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