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Gourmet weekend dining event with latest series winner Kate Bracks

Peppers Mineral Springs Retreat is celebrating its million dollar makeover with a gourmet dining event and weekend, showcasing the recently relaunched Wild Birch Dining Room and the culinary flair of new Executive Chef, Martin Horsley with special guest, MasterChef Series 3 winner, Kate Bracks.

Kate and Martin - former Executive Chef of MasterChef Judge Gary Mehigan's Fenix Restaurant - will prepare and present an exquisite seven-course MasterChef Spring Degustation Dinner with matching Victorian and International wines, showcasing the spectacular flavours of Spring, local Daylesford produce and rare beef sourced from the property's own farm, Birch Estate. Dessert specialist, Kate Bracks, fresh from completing her new cookbook, will create a surprise dessert to complete this evening of gastronomic pleasure.

The complete MasterChef Gourmet Weekend package includes 2 nights' accommodation on Friday 4 & Saturday 5 November, cocktail party on Friday evening, MasterChef Spring Degustation Dinner and gourmet buffet breakfast each morning from $675 per person in a traditional hotel room in the Manor House, with options to upgrade to Spa Suites, Terrace Rooms or Villas.

For those wanting to attend just the MasterChef Spring Degustation Dinner on Saturday 5 November, tickets are $225 per person.

For Booking or enquiries, contact Peppers Mineral Springs Retreat on (03) 5348 2202. Further information also available at www.peppers.com.au/springs

This will be Kate's first event with Peppers since her big win was televised in July 2011.  Peppers has enjoyed an official association with MasterChef throughout the last season highlighting the brand's dedication to superior food and dining - an integral part of the Peppers experience throughout the 24 retreats, resorts and hotels in Australia.

The superbly refurbished Peppers Mineral Springs Retreat and Wild Birch Dining Room, resplendent in elegant country grandeur, is the perfect location for Kate's return to the culinary stage. The combined talents of Martin and Kate will ensure the evening is one of the year's dining highlights

Originally built in 1935, Peppers Mineral Springs Retreat is a boutique country retreat, with interiors by renowned designer, Stuart Rattle, making it now one of the most stylish, heritage country properties in Victoria. A combination of contemporary and heritage rooms, suites and villas, plus the spectacular Tuscan inspired Villa Parma ensure all options cater to the most discerning traveller.  The Peppers Mineral Springs Retreat experience is complete with seasonally inspired dining in Wild Birch restaurant and The Conservatory, classic cocktail bar and lounge reminiscent of a private members club with deep wing back chairs and open fireplaces, vast formal Italian gardens with private sanctuaries and terraces, and Australia's most acclaimed rural day spa, Mineral Spa - all set in a relaxed country retreat that wraps guests in comfortable luxury.  Peppers Mineral Springs Retreat is located in Hepburn Springs, just over an hour's drive from central Melbourne.

Media Contacts:

Yvette Peverell
Public Relations Manager
Mantra Group
yvette.peverell@mantragroup.com.au / 07 5631 2543

Naomi McNamara
Public Relations Executive
Mantra Group
naomi.mcnamara@mantragroup.com.au / 07 5631 2541