Marrying bacon with chocolate
SOUTH Burnett food ambassador Jason Ford will serve up seared pork fillets wrapped in prosciutto, swimming in a salty, sweet bacon and chocolate sauce when he heads to Regional Flavours in late July.
As a veteran chef he will be there to tout the South Burnett as a food tourism destination to the 10,000-odd festival attendees.
The idea for marrying bacon and chocolate came after a recent trip to Indonesia.
"I thought maybe I'd get some inspiration while I was over there and it was like magic,” he said.
"The college I went to work with makes these cacao tokens, they are like these little round pucks of unsweetened chocolate.
"They gave me a box of these tokens with four different flavours of cocoa and I was thinking of how I could use them.”
Mr Ford blended the bitter cocoa with bacon stock to make a dark chocolate bacon sauce.
"It's a smoky, salty, sweet flavour and I put some maple syrup in there as well,” he said.
Mr Ford reckons the pairing of sweet with savoury meat creates a feast for the senses. Importantly, the dish ties in with Bacon Fest, due to be held in the month following Regional Flavours.
The salty, sweet pork will be served on a bed of seasoned baby vegetables.
This will give the Burnett ambassador a ripe opportunity to encourage the Brisbane foodie crowd to visit our region.
"I hope to meet more people in the regional food tourism industry, network, hear what they are doing and make comparisons with what we are doing,” he said.
"I'll have a chat about our region to a big crowd of a few thousand people.”
Regional Flavours is a Brisbane food tourism expo. Mr Ford will conduct two cooking demonstrations along with a presentation about the South Burnett.