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Who is Australia’s Best Home Chef?

  What would happen if you took a well known television cooking show, kept the talented contestants, the prominent chefs, the great recipes and big prizes but remove the tears, tantrums, ad breaks and overly dramatic music? You would end up with The Best Home Chef competition which recently concluded its first year with a […]

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Macadamia Challenge at the Sydney Seafood School

  If you ask my partner, she’ll tell you that I like to take my sweet time when I’m in the kitchen. That’s one of the many reasons I’d never cut it as a professional chef. It was therefore something of an  unusual experience for me to have to cook with both speed and precision […]

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Kingfish Ceviche Recipe: Miguel Maestre

I cooked this recipe at a cooking class at the Sydney Seafood School I attended with Miguel Maestre. It packs a powerful punch and is incredibly flavoursome. KINGFISH CEVICHE Serves: 2 Prep time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 10 minutes Equipment: food processor, sashimi knife, chopping board, mixing bowls, Plating: shot glass, 2 small bowls Ceviche […]

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Cookin’ with Miguel: An evening at the Sydney Seafood School

  Miguel Maestre doesn’t walk into a room but rather bounds forth, greeting strangers with a handshake and a slap on the back as he did at the Good Food and Wine Show cooking class that I attended at the Sydney Seafood School recently. The effervescent Spaniard has been gracing restaurant kitchens in Sydney for […]

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Lovedale Long Lunch experience at Crowne Plaza

  If a Hunter Valley local invites you to a long lunch, it’s generally recommended that you not have any plans for the rest of the day or the next, as you’re going to experience the hospitality that the Hunter Valley is known for. It’s best that you pack some Panadol too… There were no […]

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Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, and Personal Reflections on Cancer

It was 3 words, spoken to me one October afternoon that sent me weak at the knees. “Dad has cancer”. It’s easy to forget that behind every statistic is a story. I’d heard that 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer by age 85 but until I got the phone call from Mum, […]

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Tefal Heritage launch at Guillaume at Bennelong

Guillaume Brahami is one of the finest proponents of modern French cuisine in Australia so when I was invited to attend the launch of prestigious French cookware company Tefal’s new Heritage range of pans at his eponymous restaurant Guillaume at Bennelong recently, I jumped at the chance to tick this restaurant off my bucket list. […]

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Paradise Found: A Visit to Hamilton Island Part 2

  The sound of an unrecognisable bird call slowly seeped into my consciousness. My eyes flickered open and a circular blur slowly gave way to the sight of a slowly rotating ceiling fan. It took me a few moments to register where I was. Paradise. After our first day on Hamilton Island and a sleep […]

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Tasmanian produce set to star at Taste of Sydney

After visiting the Apple Isle twice last year, I gained a huge appreciation for Tasmanian produce, grown in its world-renowned cool climate, clean air, fertile soils and pristine waters. I was able to meet many of the producers and sample some truly fantastic food and wine. I was pleased to read that some of the best […]

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Eliunt Olive Oil Tasting

In ancient Italian Etruscan culture, the “Eliunts” were considered by most to be the best producers of olive oil. They were using farming techniques passed down by their forefathers and they were highly skilled in their craft. Top notch olive oil is now being produced all over the globe including some stunning examples right here […]

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