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Pei Modern Opens Its Doors In Sydney

  The menu might feature a smattering of questionable puns (‘Fromage to ewe’ anyone?) but everything else about Pei Modern, the newest offering from Mark Best and talented head chef Matt Germanchis is very much on point. The former space occupied by The Woods restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney has been opened […]

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In Defence of the Food Snob & Wine Wanker

I’m going to put my cards on the table right now. I’m a food snob and wine wanker. How do I know this? Because of the sideways glances and smirks I get from some people when I mention I have an interest in food and wine. I’m guilty of posting pictures of a particularly good […]

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Why the Heston Blumenthal and Coles partnership might not be such a bad thing

  I’m no fan of Coles. They are known for wielding their considerable market power to screw prices down for suppliers and they have a reputation for spending lots of money to silence critics of some of their practices and then boasting about it. When I read in B&T that Heston Blumenthal was teaming up […]

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Review: Berowra Waters Inn

7,000 years is a long time for a location to be used as an eating spot, particularly as that spot now plays host one of Sydney’s finest restaurants. Aboriginal midden (eating) remains were uncovered during Cellar renovations of Berowra Waters Inn by Tony Bilson in 1976 and carbon dating found them to be 7,000 years […]

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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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