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Chef of the Year: Martin Benn, Sepia, Sydney

This award is peer-voted: we ask chefs from the Top 100 restaurants in the previous edition of this guide to name the Australian chef they most respect. Last year, it was Andrew McConnell, chef and co-owner of Melbourne's Cutler & Co, and the year before it was Ben Shewry, of Attica. This year we welcome our first Sydney chef to the hall of fame, and it's none other than Martin Benn. Fittingly enough he's a chef's chef, a skilled technician who, thanks to having laboured under both Marco Pierre White in England and Tetsuya Wakuda here in his adopted home, is as proficient in the flavours of the East as he is well-versed in the traditions of the West. Benn has a humility that's common to the previous winners of this award, and he also shares their apparent ability to look not just at what diners want now, but what they might expect tomorrow.


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2015 GT Restaurant Awards winners

2014 has been an exciting year in food, making for a particularly interesting crop of winners in the 2015 Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide Awards. Hungry for talent? Read on.

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Flourless apple, almond, raisin and ginger cake

Shirni Parwana's masala carrot cake

"I'd love to make Shirni Parwana's masala carrot cake for our next birthday party. Would you ask for the recipe?" Emily Glass, Glynde, SA REQUEST A RECIPE To request a recipe, email fareexchange@bauer-media.com.au or send us a message via  Facebook . Please include the restaurant's name and address, as well as your name and address. Please note that because of the volume of requests we receive, we can only publish a selection in the magazine.

Creme caramel

"This is the best dessert of all time - no intro needed," says Pepperell. Begin this recipe a day ahead to rest and chill the custard.

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A light-as-air French pastry, choux balances out rich and creamy desserts, from eclairs to a towering croquembouche.

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