Hatted chef Spencer Patrick takes you on a tour of Mossman Markets, near the Daintree River in far North Queensland.
When chef Spencer Patrick talks about his weekly shop at the tropical pantry, he has been browsing the stalls at Mossman Markets for Harrisons restaurant.
Spencer and Reina Patrick own and operate Harrisons by Spencer Patrick in Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Port Douglas which is about an hours’ drive north of Cairns along the scenic Great Barrier Reef Highway. They stumbled across this little bit of heaven known as Port Douglas while travelling around Australia and put down roots. You can hear Spencer’s story and how he sources produce for his hatted restaurant Harrison’s at the weekly Mossman Markets below.
Spencer, a nationally acclaimed ex-London chef, offers British inspired cuisine at Harrisons. The restaurant has great ambience with antique chandeliers in the main air-conditioned dining room and a poolside terrace for lazy lunches or a relaxing drink.
I can’t get enough of his bread and butter and prawn toast.
Where to find the tropical pantry of Spencer Patrick
The Mossman Market is every Saturday from 7 am to 1 pm under the shade canopy of the Raintrees in Foxton Avenue, Mossman. It is impossible to miss the market as you drive through the town.
It is filled with a wonderful array of fresh local produce straight from the farm it really is a tropical pantry. Many stalls stock beautiful local organic produce and handcrafted items.
This is very much a community market and you’ll see many locals doing their weekly shop too. Take a look at the beautiful stained glass windows in the historic St David’s Church next door.
Explore more of the area with a beach tour where you will learn how to catch mud crabs how to catch mud crabs from the traditional owners.