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Warren Turnbull Chef for Vogue Living Champagne Dinner

Warren Turnbull Chef for Vogue Living Champagne Dinner

The most prestigious event on the annual culinary calendar has been announced. The 2011 Vogue Living Champagne Dinner, in association with the Champagne Bureau, will be held at The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa on Friday 23rd September.

Internationally loved Chef Warren Turnbull, of Sydney’s two hatted Restaurant Assiette in Surry Hills, will prepare a lavish five course French degustation matched with five of the world’s finest Champagnes. Guests include Vogue Living Editor David Clark and acclaimed stylist Sue Kropp, responsible for styling the resort for the event.

“I am honoured to be a part of the Champagne Dinner” said Warren Turnbull. “Great chefs have prepared this dinner at The Byron at Byron previously so it’s a bit of a buzz”.

The Byron at Byron has previously hosted Mark Best (2010), Justin North (2009) and Philip Johnson (2008) as Guest Chefs for the event.
New-Zealand born Warren Turnbull trained in London so he could learn from those he had only heard about, read about and seen on television. After stints at various renowned restaurants around London working with French Chefs such as Marco Pierre White, Turnbull’s introduction to the Sydney food scene came in 1998. He worked for six years with Liam Tomlin and Justin North at Banc, Sydney’s most prized kitchen at the time.
Turnbull opened his own Restaurant Assiette in Surry Hills in 2005, to immediate acclaim. The restaurant held a Sydney Morning Herald Chef’s Hat for three consecutive years until last year when it was awarded a highly prestigious second hat. Assiette has also been ranked in Australian Gourmet Traveller’s Top 100 Australian Restaurants.

The 2011 Vogue Living Champagne Dinner is available as part of a two night package for two:
Two night’s accommodation in a one bedroom Superior Suite at The Byron at Byron Resort, two tickets to Champagne Dinner and full buffet breakfast daily. $1,095 for two people twin share.

Reservations 1300 554 362 |

The 2011 Vogue Living Champagne Dinner with Warren Turnbull menu:

Canapés including Seared Kingfish with quinoa, wasabi pannacotta and ponzu
Larmandier Bernier Blanc de Blancs

Canalonni of spanner crab with pear gel, cauliflower, dill and brioche
De Sousa Brut Tradition

Roasted breast and crostillant of quail with Jerusalem artichoke, dates and fennel salt
Bollinger Special Cuvee

Rare roasted First Light venison loin with walnut and foie gras puree, spiced beetroot and puffed wild rice
Gosset Grand Rose

Strawberry and cherry salad with yogurt sorbet, vanilla donuts and mint emulsion

Moet Chandon Nectar

Sapphire Beachfront land released

The crystal blue waters at Sapphire Beach, the jewel of the Coffs Coast, have sparked significant property interest in recent years, defying the sluggish movement of beachfront property elsewhere on the east coast.

Mining magnate Nathan Tinkler smashed the mid north coast record in 2008 when he purchased Noorinya, on a Sapphire Beach headland, for $11.5 million from Microsoft pioneer Jaybe Ammons. The following year Stockland’s David Pitman and ABN Amro’s Simon Perrott purchased oceanfront properties from developer Barry France on the next headland along at Sapphire Beach.

Between these two headlands the very last vacant residential beachfront land at Sapphire Beach and some of the last on the each coast has just been released. Sapphire Beachfront Estate offers a very private beach, 14 absolute beachfront lots and 25 hillside lots. All enjoy ocean views, with many boasting panoramic island and ocean views.

“The natural features of the site are outstanding” said Philip Graus, Director of nationally celebrated architectural firm Cox Richardson, who designed the estate. “The topography, vegetation and stunning ocean and beach outlook are the perfect canvas for a distinctive and contemporary coastal community. The combination of leafy streets, preserved rainforest, new open space and beachfront provide an idyllic living environment”.

Agent Peter Stone from Real Estate of Distinction said that since the land release in June the response has been very positive with several lots already under offer.

“A unique aspect of this estate comes from the work the developers have done to meet planning legislation for coastal development”, he said. “This has resulted in the 14 absolute beachfront blocks being elevated and having fabulous views to the ocean unhindered by sand dunes. All lots are north or north-east facing and are protected from strong winds. The southerlies go straight over the top because of the headland. I would expect these lots to double in value in five years”.

Sapphire Beachfront Estate is on Oceanfront Drive at 740 Pacific Highway, eight minutes north of the city of Coffs Harbour and 14 minutes from Coffs Harbour airport. Lots are priced from $350,000 for an elevated block to $1.2 million for an absolute beachfront block with private beach access. Land ranges in size from 427m² to 904m².

“Sapphire Beach is now rivaling the best of Australian beaches, including Byron’s Wategos, as a sought after location” said Mayor of Coffs Harbour City Council Keith Rhoades.

The Estate is open for inspection. Sales enquiries to Real Estate of Distinction 6652 8795
or The Edge Real Estate 0419 442788  /

For further information including interviews and images please contact 
Caroline Desmond 02 6687 5674  0415 499429