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Most popular recipes summer 2017

Counting down from 20, here are this summer's most-loved recipes.

Curtis Stone's strawberry, elderflower and brioche summer puddings

"Think of this dessert as a deconstructed version of a summer pudding, with thinly sliced strawberries macerated in elderflower liqueur and layered between slices of brioche," says Stone. "A dollop of whipped cream on top is a cooling counterpoint to the floral flavours."

Fig recipes

Figs. We can't get enough of them. Here are a few sweet and savoury ways to add them to your summer spread.

Australia's best rieslings

We’re spoilt for variety – and value – in Australia when it comes to good riesling. Max Allen picks the top 20 from a fine crop.

Chorizo hotdogs with chimichurri and smoky red relish

A hotdog is all about the condiments. Here, choose between a smoky red capsicum relish or the bright flavours of chimichurri, or go for a bit of both.

Top Australian chefs to follow on Instagram in 2017

A lot has changed since we first published our pick of the best chefs to follow on Instagram (way back in the dark ages of 2013). Here’s who we’re double-tapping on the photo-sharing app right now.

Christine Manfield recipes

As the '90s dawned, darling chefs were pushing the boundaries of cooking in this country. A young Christine Manfield, just starting out at this heady time, soon became part of the generation that redefined modern Australian cuisine. She shares some of her timeless signatures from the era.

Curtis Stone's strawberry and almond cheesecake

"I've made all kinds of fancy cheesecakes in my time, but nothing really beats the classic combination of strawberries and almonds with a boost from vanilla bean," says Stone. "I could just pile macerated strawberries on top, but why not give your tastebuds a proper party by folding grilled strawberries into the cheesecake batter too? Cheesecakes are elegant and my go-to for celebrations because they taste best when whipped up a day in advance."

On a high note

  • Sarah Doyle, George Calombaris and Adriano Zumbo

  • Jason Scott and Anton Forte

  • Lobster ravioli with black truffle

  • Giorgio de Maria, Luke Burgess and Andrew Cibej.

  • Justin and Mr John Hemmes with Tetsuya Wakuda

  • Kylie Kwong, Diego Munoz and Luke Burgess

  • Guillaume and Bennelong

  • Neil Perry and Matt Moran

  • Mark and Valerie Best

  • Yves Camdeborde, Leila McKinnon and Guillaume Brahimi

"Pleased and overwhelmed and surprised," was Mark Best's reaction as he and Valerie Best stepped to the stage when their Sydney restaurant Marque was named the nation's best at the GT Restaurant Awards. Marque's win was the culmination of a top-10 countdown of the country's three-star restaurants. In accepting the award, chef Best paid tribute to "heroes" such as Tetsuya Wakuda and Neil Perry, who inspired him and Valerie when they first started in the restaurant business (you can check out the full list of winners and the online version of the 2012 Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide here).

It was the peak of a night packed with good reason (and even better means) to celebrate. The awards launched the latest edition of the new GT Restaurant Guide, but also marked the 200th anniversary of the founding of co-sponsor Perrier-Jouët, and with brand manager Julien Marteau on hand, fine vintage Champagne was in no short supply. Meanwhile, Adrian Hondros of our other partner, Commonwealth Private, wowed the crowd by being far wittier a public speaker than any banker has a right to be. The Opera House setting was magical, and Nine's Leila McKinnon, returning in her role as host, added a further note of glamour to proceedings (check out our coverage of the event at Guillaume at Bennelong above).

It's hard to overstate how professionally the Bennelong team, headed by Piers Ursell on the floor and Guillaume Brahimi in the kitchen, ran the evening. Guest chef Yves Camdeborde exchanged his St-Germain bistro Le Comptoir for the harbourside setting for the night with the help of our friends at Qantas, and presented a menu that married ingredients humble and luxe to capture the élan of bistronomy. The Wine & Truffle Co, Joto fishmongers and providore Simon Johnson brought the best local and imported produce to the party.

Following canapés of Brahimi's signature blue swimmer crab sandwiches came a moelleux of smoked haddock. Camdeborde infused potatoes with the flavour of the smoked fish, then whipped them into a creamy mousse and topped them with a crustacean jelly generously spiked with Sterling caviar. Ravioli of lobster followed, played off against the earthiness of truffles, crisp shavings of chestnut and crunchy buckwheat suspended in a hay bouillon. The final savoury course saw a hefty piece of foie gras wrapped in quail, wrapped again in Savoy cabbage leaves, poached and set on a celeriac purée. And truffles. Lots more truffles.

The flavours of pear and chocolate were Camdeborde's salute to another bistro staple, poire Belle Hélène, before the night dissolved into petits fours, Vittoria Coffee, Chivas Regal, and a chef-led lock-in at Surry Hills, Sydney, wine bar 121BC, but not without the parting gift of show bags loaded with freshly baked loaves from bakers-to-the-stars Iggy's Bread. A fitting end to a fabulous night.

"I am very emotional to be here tonight, but also very flattered to be asked to do this dinner," said Camdeborde to the assembled chefs and supporters. "I hope you enjoyed eating this as much as I enjoyed cooking it."

The GT Restaurant Guide will be available for download later this month from Apple's App Store (read more about it here).

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