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

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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.

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

Roast pork with Nelly Robinson
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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
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More than mere vessels, these pieces bring a cool breeze of style from the fridge to the table.

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.

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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.

Margaret River Gourmet Escape line-up announced

Feast in the Forest at Margaret River Gourmet Escape 2015

Feast in the Forest at Margaret River Gourmet Escape 2015

New names dominate the line-up of this year's food and wine festival.

Nigella! Okay, now that we've got that out of the way, we can say that this November the fifth annual Margaret River Gourmet Escape sees a fresh crop of big-name cooks and chefs descend on Western Australia's south-west for a weekend of good eating, drinking and living.

While Lawson and fellow television presenter (and Margaret River guest emeritus) Rick Stein might be the most recognisable of this year's guests, the Gourmet Escape class of 2016 has no shortage of big hitters from the restaurant world.

Among the first round of line-up announcements are three chefs from the top 10 restaurants in the World's 50 Best: Joan Roca from former top-ranked restaurant El Celler de Can Roca (currently number two), Mauro Colagreco from Mirazur (number six) in France and Andoni Luis Aduriz from Spain's Mugaritz (number seven).

Other names from the influential list include Londoners Isaac McHale of The Clove Club (number 26 and winner of the highest new entry award this year) and Ashley Palmer-Watts from Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (number 45), as well as Thai food authority David Thompson from Bangkok's Nahm (number 37) and Long Chim. Dominique Crenn, winner of World's Best Female Chef 2016 and owner of Atelier Crenn and Petit Crenn in San Francisco will also appear at the event.

This year's line-up also features plenty of firepower from Sydney and Melbourne. Signing on for another year are past festival guests Peter Gilmore (Quay, Bennelong), Mark Best (Pei Modern) and Frank Camorra (MoVida). Among this year's newcomers are Mitch Orr (Acme), Analiese Gregory (Bar Brosé) and Lennox Hastie (Firedoor) from Sydney, while Andrew McConnell (Cutler & Co, Marion, Supernormal, Cumulus Inc) and Scott Pickett (Estelle by Scott Pickett) will be some of the chefs flying the flag for Melbourne.

Margaret River Gourmet Escape runs November 18-20. Tickets to events go on sale on Friday July 22. gourmetescape.com.au

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