Jocelyn Hancock, patron chef of Alfred & Constance in Brisbane, and Bev Ruskey from Spring Creek Mountain Cafe are passionate about whole foods, sustainable farming and seasonal cooking.
Jocelyn Hancock, patron chef of Alfred & Constance in Brisbane, and Bev Ruskey from Spring Creek Mountain Cafe are passionate about whole foods, sustainable farming and seasonal cooking. Candyce Braithwaite

Melrose Station lunch concept a foodie’s delight

AMONG the picturesque gardens of Melrose Station Jocelyn Hancock and Bev Ruskey cooked a spectacular gourmet lunch for 135 guests at the weekend.

Event organiser Peta Hawes said the day was about celebrating fresh food.

"It's really just to advertise the fact that food doesn't have to be super fancy," she said.

"It's about being fresh and wholesome and very elegantly prepared," Mrs Hawes said.

Ms Hancock said she wanted to showcase some beautiful produce.

"I wanted to cook real food from the Southern Downs," she said.

"Food that is clean and healthy.

"People are keen to see where food comes from and there is no more ideal time than when they are sitting right beside the farmers who produce it."

Mrs Ruskey said the event was about involving the community.

"Not only did we want to showcase the food, but support the community as well," she said.

"We are donating all the money to the Killarney Rural Fire Service because they have big plans.

"They want to have enough funds to build a new shed.

"It's about buying locally and supporting the people we couldn't live without - the farmers in rural Australia."



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