Rockpool Bar & Grill Unveils ‘On Fire’ International Chef Collaboration Series

Things are heating up at Rockpool Bar & Grill with the launch of the ‘On Fire’ international chef collaboration series.

The series kicks off in September with Diego Hernández Baquedano, of Corazon de Tierra restaurant in Mexico, jetting into Australia to cook exclusively at Rockpool Melbourne and Rockpool Sydney on Wednesday, 7 September and Sunday, 11 September, respectively. Diego’s cooking has been described as “an intersection of the cerebral and the sumptuous”.

Pedro Bargero from Chila in Buenos Aries, Argentina will join forces with chefs at Rockpool Melbourne on Wednesday, 19 October and Rockpool Sydney on Sunday, 23 October. Pedro Bargero is known for his disruptive and revolutionary Argentinian cuisine. Both restaurants ranked in Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021.

Wood Fire Grill Flavours

Hunter St. Hospitality Culinary Director Corey Costelloe, Rockpool Bar & Grill Executive Chef Santiago Aristizabal and Rockpool Melbourne Head Chef Declan Carrol will collaborate with the visiting chefs to create world-class menus that are exclusively available at these events.

The flavours of Rockpool Bar & Grill’s signature wood-fire grill will fuse with each visiting chef’s interpretation of their national cuisine to create ‘On Fire’ menus that are truly one-of-a-kind.

Culinary Director Corey Costelloe says excitement levels are high in the Rockpool kitchens, where menu development is already underway in liaison with the visiting chefs.

“I cannot wait to see the impact that Rockpool’s wood-fire grill has on Diego’s rendition of Mexican cuisine. The punch of those robust spices combined with the aromatic spark of the wood-fire grill will be a sensational marriage,” Chef Corey says.

“Meanwhile, our commitment to provenance and produce at Rockpool aligns perfectly with Pedro’s own culinary code of practice. Careful use of fire, smoke and heat from the Rockpool grill is sure to coax out some amazing Argentinian flavours.”

South America’s culinary elite

Rockpool Bar & Grill’s Colombian-born Executive Chef Santiago Aristizabal, who oversees all Rockpool restaurants, is looking forward to cooking alongside South America’s culinary elite.

“It’s an honour to have such distinguished chefs as Diego and Pedro travel to Australia to cook exclusively at Rockpool, and for our wood-fire grill to influence their already legendary cooking,” he says.

“We will unveil menus in due course but needless to say, they both promise to be powerfully unique in their own way.”

Tickets to each dinner are $245 per person, including a cocktail and snacks on arrival, followed by four courses. Wine pairings are available on the night. Two-hour sittings are available from 6pm.

On Fire with Diego Hernández Baquedano
Rockpool Melbourne | 7th September
Rockpool Sydney | 11th September

On Fire with Pedro Bargero
Rockpool Melbourne | 19th October
Rockpool Sydney | 23rd October