Press Release | June 2015
MasterChef finalist Ben Milbourne will be celebrating key moments with Taltarni Vineyards and Clover Hill Wines as a brand ambassador for the renowned wineries in Victoria and Tasmania.
Since being a finalist on MasterChef in 2012, Ben put his chemistry teaching career on hold to release two cookbooks, travel the world filming food exploits with MasterChef mate Andy Allen, host his own TV show, ‘Ben’s Menu’, for which he has been shortlisted for a Logie, and conduct ‘One Degree’ tours of Tasmania’s north-west coast, removing the degrees of separation between people, produce and producer.
As a proud Tasmanian, Milbourne said, “It is an honour to be the brand ambassador for Clover Hill, a boutique Tasmanian sparkling house that crafts some of the country’s finest méthode-traditionnelle sparklings, as well as Taltarni Vineyards, one of the founding wineries of Victoria’s beautiful Pyrenees region.
“Both wine and food have played such an important part in the significant moments throughout my life. Good food and great wine were always an opportunity to share key moments with friends and family, and this philosophy is embodied by Taltarni and Clover Hill. Growing up in Tasmania, I was surrounded by an appreciation of the care and dedication that that is involved in creating world class produce and wine, and both Taltarni and Clover Hill are a testament to this philosophy.”
As part of Ben’s ambassadorial role, he will be the celebrity chef at all of Taltarni’s upcoming Cellar Key Club events. In an attempt to better accommodate Taltarni’s growing membership base, this year’s annual sell-out club dinner at Taltarni Vineyards will be supported by additional club dinners in Sydney, Hobart and Melbourne.
Ben will also be creating tantalising recipes to complement all of Taltarni’s and Clover Hill’s wines, some of which will no doubt feature on Ben’s televised segments. Moreover, there will be exciting social media campaigns, including the opportunity for fans to be treated to an exclusive wine dinner with friends up at Taltarni’s Cellar Cave – prepared, of course, by Ben.
Clover Hill Wines and Taltarni Vineyards are run by the same management team, led by CEO Adam Torpy, also a born-and-bred Tasmanian. “There are terrific synergies between Ben and our wineries,” said Adam. “We share similar philosophies on food and wine. To us, wine is about sharing key moments with friends and family, so first and foremost, wine must be food friendly. Ben’s recipes will bring out the best in our wines, and our wines will bring out the best in Ben’s recipes.”
With food by Ben and wines by Taltarni and Clover Hill, this ‘one-degree’ partnership is deliciously good news for those who are passionate about Australian food and wine.
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