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The World's Best sommeliers are coming to Australia
28.03.2017

For the first time, the world's top international sommeliers will take part in the World's 50 Best Awards too.

Seven Italian dishes that shaped fine dining in the 2000s
28.03.2017

Italian food in the restaurants of Australia blossomed into maturity in the new millennium, as the work of these trailblazers shows – dazzling and diverse, a successful balance between adaptation and tradition.

Steam ovens: a guide
27.03.2017

Billed as the faster, cleaner way to cook, are these on-trend ovens all they’re cracked up to be? We take a close look at their rising popularity, USP versus the traditional convection cooker and how each type rates in terms of form, function, and above all, flavour in this buyer’s guide.

Our chocolate issue is out now
27.03.2017

Our April issue is out now. In his editor's letter, Pat Nourse walks you through what to expect.

Roast pork with Nelly Robinson
27.03.2017

Nelly Robinson of Sydney's nel. restaurant talks us through his favourite roasting joints, tips for crisp roast potatoes and why, when it comes to pork, slow and steady always wins the race.

Water carafes
24.03.2017

More than mere vessels, these pieces bring a cool breeze of style from the fridge to the table.

The benefits of live yoghurt
23.03.2017

Step away from the “dessert yoghurt", writes Will Studd. The real unadulterated thing is much more rewarding.

All-Star Yum Cha
22.03.2017

What happens the morning after the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards? We treat the chefs to a world-beating yum cha session, as Dani Valent discovers.

Flour and Stone Recipes

Baker extraordinaire Nadine Ingram of Sydney's Flour and Stone cooks up a sweet storm for Easter, including the much loved bakery's greatest hit.

Fast autumn dinners

Autumn weather signals the arrival of soups, broths, roasts and more hearty meals.

Roasted cauliflower salad with yoghurt dressing and almonds

The cauliflower is roasted until it starts to caramelise, which adds extra depth of flavour to this winning salad. Serve it warm or at room temperature.

1980s recipes

Australia saw some bold moves in the ’80s, and we’re not just talking hairstyles. Greater cultural references started peppering the menus of our restaurants, and home-grown ingredients won a new appreciation. The dining scene was coming of age and a new band of pioneers led the charge.

New cruises 2017

Cue the Champagne.

All Star Yum Cha

What happens the morning after the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards? We treat the chefs to a world-beating yum cha session, as Dani Valent discovers.

Melbournes finest meet Worlds Best

Leading chefs descend on Melbourne in April for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. We asked local hospitality folk who they’d abduct for the day and where they’d take them to show off their city. There may be coffee, there may be culture, but in the end it’s cocktails.

Savoury tarts

Will your next baking project be a flaky puff pastry with pumpkin, goat's curd and thyme, or a classic bacon and Stilton tart? As autumn settles in, we're ticking these off one by one.

Love is in the air

Gourmet Traveller's 2013 Travel Awards, held in partnership with Nespresso, was spent in true Australian style: fine food, great company and a dose of good-humoured rivalry.

There was a lot of love in the room, and just a little friendly interstate rivalry, when Gourmet Traveller hosted its seventh annual Travel Awards at Crown Melbourne.

Tasmania punched well above its weight on the night, taking home four awards to equal the haul of its much larger neighbour, Victoria. The Apple Isle walked away with the awards for Best Weekend Away (Hobart) and Best City Boutique Accommodation (Islington Hotel), as well as two gongs for the fantastic folly that is David Walsh's MONA: the reader-voted Best Cultural Attraction and the Expert Panel's nod for Standout Australian Travel Experience.

So no one minded particularly when Mark Wilsdon, business manager at MONA, told the crowd that Melbourne had been given a serve. "After all, Hobart is officially now the best weekend," joked Wilsdon. "Bad luck Melbourne. Good luck next time."

Jokes aside, what the evening really represented, according to Luxury Lodges of Australia director James Baillie - also the co-owner of Southern Ocean Lodge, winner of both Best Resort or Lodge category and the inaugural Most Outstanding Service award - was the coming of age of the domestic travel industry.

Baillie said the days of looking elsewhere for unique travel experiences that combined memorable service and accommodation with an unmistakable sense of place were over.

"Never before have we had the critical mass of upscale product and the ability to compete with destinations that have made other parts of the world aspirational for the high-end traveller," Baillie told guests. For those of you that still think New Zealand or Southern Africa are the leaders, open your eyes. It is our turn now."

Case in point: interiors firm Blainey North's elegant new fit-out of Crown's Conservatory, combined with Crown Chinese executive chef Tsang Chiu King's menu, which together struck just the right balance between global glamour and proud local achievement. Inside, it was all Deco detailing and pan-seared black truffle chicken with enoki mushrooms; outside it was pure Melbourne, with Crown's famous exploding fireballs erupting in harmony with the announcements against a backdrop of city lights and Yarra River Reflections.

Of course, it wouldn't be the Travel Awards without the ongoing support of Nespresso and host Catriona Rowntree's sense of humour ("You're the only person who can make me be quiet, mainly because I could just listen to your French accent all day," she quipped to Nespresso general manager Renaud Tinel). It also wouldn't be the Travel Awards without our readers, who this year went online to lodge a record 32,000 votes across 22 categories (and be in the running to win a trip for two to Singapore, courtesy of boutique hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith and British Airways. Congratulations again, Gillian Walker of Wagga Wagga).

All in all, a night of love, laughter... and a bit of good-natured ribbing. Well, it wouldn't be Australia otherwise, now would it?

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