The King of Cheeses Showcased at Marque Restaurant

December 1st 2015

On Tuesday 24th November, The Consorzio del Formaggio Parmigiano Reggiano welcomed guests for an evening with acclaimed chef, Mark Best at the award-winning Marque Restaurant, voted the 4th best restaurant in Australia.

Throughout the evening, guests were treated to a range of specially crafted dishes by Mark Best that used one of three ages of Parmesan; 18, 24 or 36 months. The evening started with an exclusive selection of canaps using only 18 month Parmigiano Reggiano; Tomato and Parmesan Marshmallow and a Parmesan Custard, Gougre and Eggplant canap.

Showcasing the versatility of Parmigiano Reggiano with a heady mix of cognac, apple, honey, verjus and Parmesan water, a Parmesan Splice cocktail was specially created for the evening.

Dialogue Agency gave a talk about the special qualities, history and production of Parmigiano Reggiano and a guided tasting through three ages of the cheese. Mark Best also spoke about the inspiration behind each of the exclusive dishes, whilst the award-winning sommelier Simon Curkovic discussed the expert wine-pairings.

Using 24 month Parmesan, Mark Best created what he termed as a deconstructed Gnocchi dish, otherwise known as Parmesan Gnocchi with Pumpkin Consomm & Smoked Eel. The highlight of the evening was Mark Best serving a Cacio e Pepe risotto from a half wheel of 24 month Parmesan. Mark mentioned; Parmesan has always been an indispensable part of the Marque larder. For me it is the King of Cheeses.

The evening finished on a high, with guests enjoying a Parmesan Ice Cream & Parsnip Cornetto.

Known as the only Parmesan, Parmigiano Reggiano is one of the oldest and richest cheeses. Completely natural, consistently high-quality and traditionally made, these special qualities of Parmigiano Reggiano distinguish it from other cheeses and secure its place as the first and only authentic Parmesan; as guaranteed by its PDO status. Parmigiano Reggiano’s status as a globally recognised product of outstanding quality was also evident last week at the World Cheese Awards, where it scooped up 2 Super Golds. A Super Gold is one of the most prestigious awards a product can get.

If you require photography from this event please contact Mark Crowe on or 0408 232 105.

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