Media Release – Wednesday 15 April 2015

MELBOURNE, VICTORIA: Renowned walking operator Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk has teamed with Chef Ha Nguyen of Richmond based cooking school OTAO Kitchen, to offer a selection of winter overnight cooking experiences at Johanna along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road.

One-night weekend dates have been scheduled between June and August, with two-night retreats available mid-week on request for private and corporate groups.

Chef Nguyen has spearheaded the food offering at Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk for five seasons. This year, he retained Executive Chef responsibilities while establishing OTAO Kitchen, a boutique Vietnamese cooking school on Victoria Street in Richmond.

“Our walkers finish our four day walk with memories of the landscape and the food fused together.  Ha showcases a stunning array of local produce across a stylish menu that has low GI slow release energy at its core:  perfect for walking,” explains Dana Ronan, owner of the Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk.

“Having Ha return to the Lodge in winter is a win-win for both. Our walk season tapers off at the end of May, and OTAO Kitchen is looking to offer special clients a way to deepen their cooking experience in a beautiful location,” Dana continued.

Participants in the overnight experience will make their own way to the Johanna-based lodge in time for an afternoon class, before a wine matched interactive five course dinner and overnight boutique lodge stay.  The following morning, join Chef Nguyen as you make a Yum Cha-style brunch before departing to explore the Great Ocean Road further or return to Melbourne.

Accommodation is at the exclusive lodge owned by Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk, normally only open to guests who join their 4 day/3night walk experience between September and May.

“My relationship with Dana and Gavin Ronan allows me to offer this cooking retreat exclusively through OTAO Kitchen,” enthuses Ha Nguyen. “The class is suitable for anyone with an interest in Asian fusion cooking, wanting one-on-one tuition, with a bit of Great Ocean Road sightseeing as a bonus,” Ha said.

The classes start from $435 per person and operate on most Fridays and Saturdays between June and August.  There is a maximum of ten people in each class.

For further details visit:  http://www.otaokitchen.com.au

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