Posted: 3 Mar 2016

Jesse GernerA chef’s guide to $1 meals during Yume Hour

Some of Melbourne’s best chefs will serve meals for $1 in one crazy hour on Saturday, March 5 – all to reduce food waste.

The list of big name chefs includes Bomba‘s Jesse Gerner (right), who’ll be using up offcuts to make his famous Jamon Croquettes (below right) and selling those tasty little morsels for a buck during Yume Hour.

So what is Yume Hour? It’s your chance to snaffle a bargain during a one-hour fundraising campaign at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.YUME HOUR, Sat March 5, 3pm to 4pm, Jesse Gerner, Bomba jamon croquetters made from jamon offcuts.... Pix 3 LR It’s run by Yume – a revolutionary app giving restaurants the chance to sell surplus food direct to the public at a discount, or donate it. All dishes will be cooked using surplus ingredients that would otherwise be chucked away, and all proceeds go to Melbourne’s food rescue organisations (such as Five of the Best’s official charity FareShare). With dozens of chefs participating and only an hour to eat, where do you start? Five of the Best asked Jesse Gerner for some hot tips (and of course he recommended his own croquettes, but we want to know his other favourites). Here are Jesse’s top five Yume Hour meals…

1. Pastuso

YUME HOUR, Sat March 5, Pastuso, Pastel Choclo 'Hearty' South American Shepard's Pie slow cooked, smoked pork neck & alpaca heart, with sweet corn & potato Pix 1 LR19 ACDC Lane, Melbourne, 9662 4556

I’m a massive fan of South American fare and Alejandro Saravia at Pastuso never disappoints!  I love that Alejandro has chosen to use offal in his Yume Hour dish – Pastel Choclo (a hearty Peruvian Shepherd’s Pie filled with slow cooked, smoked pork neck and alpaca heart topped with sweet corn and potato off-cut purée). Offal is something we as a society should be eating more off. It’s nutrient dense, affordable and delicious – it just makes sense.

2. Pope Joan

Matt Wilkinson (photo Kate Berry)77-79 Nicholson St, Brunswick East, 9388 8858

Let’s face it. Anything that Matt Wilkinson touches seems to turn to gold and I’m sure his smoky soft serve ice cream with freeze-dried raspberries won’t be any different. I love stopping by Pope Joan on the weekend to grab a coffee and a bite with mates.  It’s meant to be a warm day this Saturday so I reckon this icy treat will be a winner.

3. San Telmo

14 Meyers Place, Melbourne, 9650 5525

Who doesn’t love meatballs?  Paired with polenta and pecorino fries, I can’t wait to get my hands on this dish (pictured top). I seriously doubt I’ll be able to stop at just one.  San Telmo also has a fantastic vibe – a great place to grab a beer and some tapas.

4. 400 Gradi

YUME HOUR; Sat March 5, 400 Gradi, Johnny Di Francesco, Fig & Mascarpone Gelato99 Lygon St, East Brunswick, 9380 2320

Johnny Di Francesco and his team at 400 Gradi are best known for their pizzas, but they also happen to make a mean gelato. You’d be crazy not to head down to their Brunswick store for a late lunch of pizza this Saturday and top it off with a one dollar scoop of fig and mascarpone goodness.

5. Florentino

80 Bourke St, Melbourne, 9662 1811

Guy Grossi’s Cassata Gelato made with surplus candied orange peel will be delicious. Guaranteed.


YumeYume Hour runs from 3pm-4pm on Saturday, March 5 as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. If you want to get the $1 deal, download the YUME app through Apple or Google Play, order your food online and collect it from a participating restaurant during the hourAll funds raised during Yume Hour will be donated to Melbourne’s four main food-rescue initiatives: FareShare, Foodbank, OzHarvest and SecondBite.


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