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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."

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.

Bali's new wave of restaurants, hotels and bars

The restaurant and hotel scene on Australia's favourite holiday island has never been more exciting and Australian chefs, owners and restaurateurs are leading the charge, writes Samantha Coomber.

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.

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."

Baguette recipes

These baguette recipes are picture-perfect and picnic ready, bursting with fillings like slow-cooked beef tongue, poached egg and grilled asparagus and classic leg ham and cheese.

World's Best Chefs Talks

Massimo Bottura and more are coming to the Sydney Opera House.

Margaret River Gourmet Escape 2013 wrap

For the thousands who answered the call of the West this November, the Margaret River Gourmet Escape more than lived up to its promise. The food was good, the wine was flowing and the sense of having truly got away with it, having made good an escape from the workaday routine, was palpable. It's a feeling that was very much shared by the Australian and international chef talent that jetted in for the occasion. Heston Blumenthal rocked an intriguing chef's jacket/shorts combo for some of his appearances at the Gourmet Village at Leeuwin Estate, and it was the same at GT's Chef's Table (where the conversation ranged from Rick Stein's nightclub days to Joost Bakker's urine-harvesting habits) and the GT Wine Tasting Theatre, where glasses rang with the best of the region's vinous magic.

Team GT hosted chef Blumenthal at Vasse Felix, where resident chef Aaron Carr worked his magic alongside Dan Masters from Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth and Guillaume Brahimi, and then did it all again the Saturday night, with columnist and raconteur AA Gill knocking the crowd dead at Voyager Estate after a stunner of a meal from resident chef Nigel Harvey and guests Shane Osborn, of Hong Kong sensation St Betty, and the mighty Tetsuya Wakuda.

Between sessions and dinners we chowed down on fried chicken and bo ssäm with Sat Bains and Matt Wilkinson at Momofuku Seiobo's beach barbecue, haggled over excellent local avocados at the Margaret River Farmers' Market, and clinked pints with the cream of the local winemaking talent at the Settlers Tavern. After hours, meanwhile, it was all table tennis, as Heston, Guillaume, Sat Bains, George Calombaris and a surprisingly large number of their chef pals revealed themselves to be insanely competitive ping-pong enthusiasts. You heard it here first, folks. The West is wilder than ever.

We ate More or less non-stop. Highlights included Dan Masters' brilliantly spicy salad of marron, poached chicken and silken tofu and Shane Osborn's superb short ribs with smoked polenta and onion seed, but the one to beat might just have been Tetsuya's marinated WA scampi and sieved egg yolk topped with roughly a fistful of oscietra caviar. Nice one, Tets.

We drank Quite a lot, actually, but all in the name of research, whether it was Vasse Felix's Heytesbury Chardonnay (not to mention the odd drop of Leeuwin Estate Art Series), Si Vintners' Sémillon, Voyager Estate cab merlot, Cullen's Diana Madeline cab, and just a few jars of the Margaret River Ale Co's White Ale.

We loved being a part of it. We'll see you next November, Margaret River.

Gourmet Escape in pictures

Check out our slideshow of this year's Margaret River Gourmet Escape.

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