If studying the racing form seems too much like homework, and stilettos elicit nothing but fear, there’s another reason to get involved with Sydney’s big gay race day — the food.
Internationally renowned award-winning chef Christine Manfield has designed a sumptuous menu for Pink Stiletto, the Bobby Goldsmith fundraising event that’s set to prove that racing is truly the sport of queens, not kings.
Long recognised as a doyenne of the restaurant world, Manfield was awarded two chef’s hats and best global menu by the Good Food Guide 2009/2010 for her Darlinghurst restaurant, Universal.
Starting at Paragon in Circular Quay in 1990, Manfield built up a following, which peaked with almost cult-like status when she launched Paramount. Known for bringing culinary inspiration from across the shores to tempt Australians with international cuisine, her addition to the already star-studded Pink Stiletto will get racegoers drooling on their silk ties if they’re not careful.
Proof of the event, and Manfield’s success, will literally be in the pudding, with the chef revealing that a special dessert, appropriately called The Pink Stiletto, has been crafted for the day.
“I tried to make a menu that would work, to reflect my signature style, some of the flavours, but pared down for another kitchen to produce it, and for the numbers involved,” the restaurateur told Sydney Star Observer.
Known to many of the people who have been involved with BGF events, particularly those who have come under her discerning gaze as a judge at the annual Bake-Off, Manfield said she considers community events a “feel good” experience.
“I’ve been involved in community fundraising and awareness since the beginning of my restaurant-owning days in the 1990s, and this event is particularly exciting.
“I liked the principle behind it, the idea, and the thinking outside the square in terms of providing a new event, with a different focus for the gay and lesbian — and broader — community.”
info: The Manfielde lunch costs $195, including entry and beverages.