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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.

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.

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.

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."

Most popular recipes summer 2017

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

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.

Sleep in a Grampians olive grove this autumn

Under Sky are popping up with a luxe camping hotel experience at Mount Zero Olives this April.

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.

Gatsby greatness

More than a million dollars was raised for the OCRF at the Exposure Gala, with the 1920s conjured in Gatsby style and an American-themed menu by a line-up of big-name chefs.

It wasn't quite West Egg but we partied like it was 1922 at the Great Gatsby-themed Exposure Gala for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation in Melbourne recently. Gourmet Traveller presented the ball, proudly we must say, along with the Grand Hyatt, whose Art Deco ballroom was dressed by Basil Griffiths and his team at the By Design Event Group to mirror the glittering party scenes in Baz Luhrmann's movie.

Television presenter Catriona Rowntree channelled Daisy Buchanan in a Rachel Gilbert gown to host her 10th Exposure Gala, and in her mind "the most glamorous and elegant of them all". There was dancing, lots of dancing, from the opening performance by Jason Coleman's Ministry of Dance to guests shaking their tails later in the evening to The Chong Lim Band.

Hostesses dressed by Witchery and coiffed and made-up by L'Oréal Paris welcomed in style, while the big names in the kitchen created the American-themed menu. The European's Ian Curley kicked off with canapés in the form of crab cakes with toasted corn and lobster rolls, served with the 2007 Yarrabank Cuvèe, before an entrée from MoVida's Frank Camorra of Manchego and asparagus custard with mojama and Marcona almonds. Guy Grossi delivered a scallop-based twist on the American classic oysters Rockefeller (get the recipe for Guy's scallops Rockefeller here) before a dish of roast quail, foie gras and Waldorf salad from the Grand Hyatt's Jason Camillo - all matched to Yering Station wines. Cutler & Co's Andrew McConnell closed proceedings with a rich chocolate dessert called Long Island Gold. Good food and good times may be the Gourmet way but raising money, and lots of it, was the raison d'être of the night. Tiffany & Co donated the mystery door prizes and auctioneers Antony Woodley and Andrew Morello made a lively double act working the floor to sell items, including two business-class air fares to Dubai thanks to Emirates, accommodation packages to MONA, Qualia, Palazzo Versace, Andara Resort and The Surin Phuket, plus products by Louis Vuitton and Waterford Crystal. (See the full list of sponsors below.)

The OCRF's premium platinum partners Witchery and L'Oréal Paris came to the party, the former bringing a jumbo cheque for $1.15 million from its White Shirt and Silver Gift campaigns, while the latter sponsored two research fellows. They were presented to OCRF chairman and co-founder Associate Professor Thomas Jobling and Liz Heliotis, the OCRF's chief executive officer and co-founder, who explained the foundation's mission is to find an early-detection test for ovarian cancer. "And we're getting closer and closer - the end is almost in sight," she said.

MENU
* Lobster rolls
* New York strip croûtons
* Crab cakes, toasted corn
* Gruyère-goat's curd puffs
2009 Yarrabank Cuvée
Ian Curley, The European

* Manchego and asparagus custard with mojama and Marcona almonds
2009 Yering Station Marsanne Viognier Roussane
Frank Camorra, MoVida

* Scallops Rockefeller
2011 Yering Station Chardonnay
Guy Grossi, Grossi Florentino

* Roast quail, foie gras, Waldorf salad
2010 Yering Station Village Shiraz Viognier
Jason Camillo, Grand Hyatt Melbourne

* Long Island Gold
NV Yarrabank Crème de Cuvèe
Andrew McConnell, Cutler & Co

THANKS TO
* AFL Players Association
* The Agrarian Kitchen
* Andara Resort & Villas Phuket
* Antler Luggage
* Axis Films
* By Design Event Group
* Jason Camillo, Grand Hyatt Melbourne
* Frank Camorra, MoVida
* Chong Lim and the Chong Lim Band
* Citrus Internet
* Collins Kitchen
* Cricket Australia
* Ian Curley, The European
* Cutler & Co
* Emirates
* The Essential Ingredient
* Etihad Stadium
* Fernwood Fitness
* Grand Hyatt Melbourne
* Guy Grossi, Grossi Florentino
* Harvey Norman
* Megan Hess
* Koko Black
* L'Oréal Paris
* Linda Britten
* Louis Vuitton
* Dan McCarthy
* Andrew McConnell, Cutler & Co
* Microflite
* Ministry of Dance
* MONA
* On Time Concepts
* Palazzo Versace
* Park Hyatt Cambodia and Vietnam
* George Petrou
* Present Company Included
* Qualia, Hamilton Island
* Catriona Rowntree
* Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve
* Serge Adimari
* Sheraton Melbourne
* Sheraton Mirage Resort & Spa Gold Coast
* ShowFX
* Siobhan Mayo, Fink
* Smile Solutions
* Splitrock
* Staging Connections
* The Surin Phuket
* Julie Thomas, The Carpet Room
* Tiffany & Co
* Truly Deeply
* Trumer Pils
* Tsongo Sun
* Tiro
* The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa
* The Westin Melbourne
* Volunteers
* Witchery
* WWRD Australia
* Yering Station

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