North Queensland’s own MasterChef wants to have a beer (or five) with you – and she’ll even provide the tucker.

While a beer and a burger is a North Queensland staple, there is much you can do to enhance the experience of both. Which is why local celebrity chef Tamara Graffen will be the star attraction at the beer-gustation evening at The Metropole Hotel on Palmer Street on March 24 – proudly presented by Coopers Brewery.

Here, you will be treated to a five-course assault of taste, with each dish paired with its perfect beer companion. The event is a partnership between the Metropole Hotel, Coopers Brewery and Townsville Food Magazine and is your gateway to getting the most out of your schooner.

What is a beer-gustation?
You know how salt and vinegar are best mates? Or, how bacon and cheese should probably just get married because they are so darn compatible? Well, it’s those sort of partnerships that makes cuisine so special.

And, beer is so much more than just something to wash down your schnitty with.

Coopers’ range of craft beers each have their own nuances, their own flavour profiles and their own features that make them standalone drinks… and these differences pair up beautifully with different foods. And the chance to experience these beers paired with foods in a loving matrimony of taste and harmony? Well that’s where the Beer-gustation comes in.


About Tamara Graffen
Big city chefs marvel at Tamara’s work, which proudly includes dishes with an unashamedly North-Queensland-esque flair.

Growing up in Mackay and then moving to Townsville meant that Tamara spent a lot of time in the bush, and camping is in her blood. As such, her unique take on dishes involves preparation and ingredients with a more rustic feel, combined with the same sophistication that makes the best chefs in the world shine.

Her engaging smile and unique approach made her an instant star in the 2017 season of Australian MasterChef, where she made it to the top four. Since then, Tamara has been handed trial aprons at Om Nom Dessert Bar and Lune Croissanterie in Melbourne and Quay restaurant in Sydney. Now, she wants to return home to share her experiences with the locals – and we are happy to have her.

Meet you at The Met
Palmer Street has experienced a surge in high-end dining in recent years, with big name chefs and palate-seducing menus replacing traditional pub fare.

At the southern end of the street, the Metropole Hotel has had several facelifts over the decades. Now, with new publican Matthew Jeboult at the helm, the venue is ready to step up to the plate with a fresh dining experience for Townsville punters.

“Townsville has a thriving food scene and we are really excited to be partnering with Coopers, a family owned brewery, as well as Townsville Food Magazine, who have been a longstanding authority on all things food in Townsville,” Matthew said.

So grab your tribe of beer-obsessed devotees (or just your brew-curious buddies) and lock in your evening with Tamara Graffen now – tickets are selling fast and this event will sell out.

Tickets to An Evening with Tamara Graffen are $79 per person and include a five-course dinner, designed by Tamara and showcasing the best in local produce, paired with matching beers. Wines are also available if guests prefer. Guest speakers include Tamara Graffen and beer tasting notes and talk from Coopers Education Ambassador, Adrian Clark.

Tickets are available now at