Santa Monica vibes coming to Sydney

Pier One Sydney Harbour to host six-week culinary festival

Chefs Raphael Lunetta & Josiah Citrin

This spring Sydneysiders will be able to feed their culinary souls with a taste of laid-back Santa Monica living without leaving home as LA’s beach city pops up at the luxurious Pier One Sydney Harbour.

Launching Sunday 22 September 2019, Santa Monica at Pier One Sydney Harbour will bring the beach city to life along the iconic waterfront with a curated menu of SoCal-style food and beverages and live cooking demonstrations from award-winning Santa Monica chefs, free wellness and fitness experiences, an organic mini-farmers market and live music sunset sessions.

“We are thrilled to bring a taste of Santa Monica soul to Pier One Sydney Harbour,” said Misti Kerns, President/CEO of Santa Monica Travel & Tourism (SMTT). “Aussies share a similar mindset to Santa Monica residents, particularly with our focus on health and wellness, laid back lifestyle and love of fresh food, and that’s ultimately what we considered when planning the calendar of events.”

Three renowned Santa Monica chefs will travel to Australia for culinary collaborations with The Gantry Head Chef Thom Gorringe, recently awarded One Hat in the Good Food Guide. Visiting Chefs from Santa Monica include Chef Josiah Citrin, two-star Michelin Chef and owner of California’s highly-acclaimed Mélisse, Charcoal Venice, Openaire and Dave’s Doghouse restaurants; Chef Raphael Lunetta, ‘Top Chef’ judge, California Chef of the Year, Owner and Chef Proprietor at Santa Monica institutions Lunetta and Lunetta All Day; and Chef Govind Armstrong of ‘Top Chef’ and ‘Iron Chef’ fame, Executive Chef of Santa Monica icon The Lobster, and the chef behind 8oz Burger Bar and Post and Beam.

No doubt, visitors to Santa Monica at Pier One Sydney Harbour will be inspired to visit Los Angeles’ beach city. A trip to Santa Monica is up for grabs each week, thanks to Santa Monica Travel & Tourism, United Airlines and 7Travel. For a chance to win, visitors to the activation will be encouraged to snap a pic and tag on Instagram using #santamonicasydney

Santa Monica at Pier One will run for six weeks, until Thursday 31 October. A full list of events on offer during the activation is below.

Highlights of the activation will be an exclusive dining experience on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 September, when renowned Santa Monica based Chefs Josiah Citrin of Mélisse and Raphael Lunetta of Lunetta will collaborate with The Gantry’s Head Chef Thom Gorringe to showcase the best of local NSW seasonal produce in a bespoke menu. The mouthwatering coastal-inspired menu will draw upon the hyper-seasonal culinary style that each chef brings to the table.

Chef Govind Armstrong of The Lobster will also partner with Chef Gorringe for seafood themed BBQ on the pier, with guests dining al fresco in the Gantry Garden and Marquee. This will be a one-off event on Wednesday 16 October, with a menu celebrating the best of Australian seafood and Chef Govind’s Costa Rican influence.

These three bespoke dinners are set to be sell-outs, with bookings currently available online for $250
for 6 courses with matching wines.

For bookings at Pier One, more information on the activation and Santa Monica, see

Renderings and images courtesy of Santa Monica Travel & Tourism

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