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In partnership with Neil Perry, Lexus Australia will provide a special racing and culinary experience at the 2009 Melbourne Cup Carnival.

The Lexus Emporium will again grace Flemington's Birdcage, with Neil Perry, one of Australia's most renowned chefs, personally on hand to cater and mingle with Lexus customers and guests.

Each day, 200 guests will be served a variety of dishes from each of Neil's world-class restaurants, using locally-sourced Victorian produce.

Neil said his dish choices were inspired by the spring season. "I've used fresh, exciting produce that sings with flavour," he said.

Just two of the many tasty and delightfully presented canapés will be a tartlet of quail with smoked tomato and an olive, and Chirashi Zushi spoons.

More substantial food on offer on the two levels of the Emporium will include the Rockpool signature waygu beef sliders (mini burgers) and fried fish with ginger and shallots on rice.

"We specifically chose to use local ingredients for this event - to support the farmers and producers affected by the bushfires earlier in the year, and show case Victorian produce as much as possible," said Neil.

The menu has also been designed to match wines and cocktails served during the Cup carnival.

The cocktails were designed to reflect the start of spring and the racing season, combining clean fresh flavours with fantastic seasonal produce.

"The Spring Fling is a tart, refreshing combination of sparkling wine with passion fruit, blood orange and aperol - a perfect beverage throughout the afternoon and a favourite among Rockpool Bar and Grill customers," said Neil.

John Roca, Chief Executive of Lexus Australia says having Neil Perry on board for the Melbourne Cup will add to the excitement and festive atmosphere of the Emporium.

"Lexus is proud to be associated with Neil Perry. He is one of Australia's premiere chefs and operates under very similar values to Lexus, particularly the pursuit of perfection," said Mr Roca.

Mr Perry agrees that there is a clear correlation in the partnership with Lexus.

"My restaurants are built on great produce and a determination to be world class in everything we do.

"This mirrors the Lexus philosophy of delivering the best possible vehicles that are compromise free," said Mr Perry.

Neil Perry's Chirashi Zushi spoons
Neil Perry's tartlets of quail with smoked tomato and an olive
Neil Perry's waygu beef sliders
Neil Perry, renowned Australian chef.