Proving that fine dining doesn't have to be fastidious, the award-winning chef dished up a feast for the AHIRW crowd

One of the highlights of this year's Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, Guillaume Brahimi's Food for Friends dinner marked the acclaimed chef's first outing as an Audi ambassador. Held poolside at qualia's lavish Long Pavilion for a star-studded guest list of style influencers, including Hanneli Mustaparta and Nicole Warne, the food was quintessentially Australian, with fresh flavours, fine seafood - and even a luxe take on the Aussie barbecue.

The menu was inspired by Brahimi's new book Food for Family, out September 23. In the same vein as his first cookbook, 2011's Food for Friends, it follows the chef into the homes of the country's most inspiring residents, from a country lunch with Cate Blanchett to a relaxed meal in Justin Hemmes' harbourside home.

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For the AHIRW feast, Brahimi kicked things off with a delicately assembled entrée of Saikou salmon with lemon, fennel, green apple and wasabi, followed by a main of Tajima wagyu beef - grilled on the barbie outside. For dessert, a huge Opera cake was served to celebrate Audi's 10th birthday. The three-course meal was equal parts fine dining and casual cooking - impressive but not pretentious and designed to be shared between family and friends. 

Keen to sample Brahimi's chef-hat winning fare yourself? Book a table at Guillaume, in Sydney's Paddington, for the French-inspired fare the chef is so famous for.

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