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Food-truck tribulations
29.03.2017

Chicken or pork? Kelly Eng takes on a food-truck challenge but fails to cement her millennial credentials.

Take me to the river
29.03.2017

For serial cruisers who have done the Danube and knocked off the Nile, less familiar waterways beckon.

Gourmet Institute is back for 2017
29.03.2017

Fire-up the stove, tie on your favourite apron and let’s get cooking, food fans. This year’s line-up is brimming with talent.

The Royal Mail Hotel is changing
28.03.2017

Executive chef Robin Wickens has a stronger influence at the Royal Mail Hotel's upcoming restaurant, slated to open later this year.

Adventuring along America's north-west rivers
28.03.2017

The rivers of America's north-west running through Washington state and Oregon form the arteries of epic landscapes and bold discovery routes. Emma Sloley follows in the wake of Lewis and Clark.

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.

Fast autumn dinners

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

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.

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.

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.

Lemon tart

It's really important to seal the pastry well to prevent any seepage during cooking, and to trim the pastry soon after cooking. Let the tart cool in the tin before removing it, or it will crack.

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.

Spelt cashew and broccoli bowl with yoghurt dressing

This nicely textured salad transports well, making it ideal for picnics or to take to barbecues. The broccoli can be kept raw and shaved on a mandolin, too.

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.

Hard Things to Talk About

O Tama Carey

O Tama Carey

Forget the daily play-by-play. It's time to bounce back from your conversational dining rut with a new dinner series aimed at addressing the topics we often leave off the table.

Over the last weekend of August, former Berta chef O Tama Carey is going rogue behind the burners at Café Paci to create a five-course menu exploring bias through food and discussion.

"It's a dinner but each course or section has an idea behind it," says Carey. "The aim is to use the food and booze as a nudge to get people talking and exploring ideas in a fun, gentle and delicious way."

The food, adds curator, Lekki Maze, is designed to tell a story.

"It will challenge our assumptions, and also open us up to the unknown. Expect some unexpected flavours, or familiar flavours in new forms."

Accompanying the menu will be matching wines and provocative statements, and there's even talk of performers in the mix.

"It's going to be lots of fun," says Carey, who will be exploring her own inherent bias through the menu. "I will get to play with some unusual stuff that is not my norm."

Bias - Against the Grain will be the first instalment in a series, which will return in the New Year with discussions on fear, mistakes, taboos, sex, death and consciousness.

Your host for the dinners, The Ethics Centre, is also a co-curator of this year's Festival of Dangerous Ideas so expect some serious food for thought.

Tickets are $135, Aug 30 & 31, Bias - Against the Grain, Café Paci, 95 Riley St, Darlinghurst, NSW, (02) 9368 7000

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