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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."

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.

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.

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.

Wrapping up Tasting Australia 2016

Chefs got intimate with local produce - in fire pits, on fishing wharves and at botanical gardens - while dinner guests were treated to inventive feasts at Tasting Australia in Adelaide from May 1-8.

Event organisers can reflect on this nine-day festival with satisfaction, not only for strong ticket sales across many of its 200 events, but also for reinventing it as a relevant gastronomic forum that has moved far beyond a celebrity chef-fest.

Produce was elevated to star status, especially at regional events where guest chefs cooked beside locals to get the best out of ingredients at their source.

Highlights included Paul West cooking asado lamb at Savannah Farm in Clare, Andrew McConnell's masterclass at Leonards Mill Restaurant in the southern Fleurieu Peninsula, and Robin Wickens of the Royal Mail Hotel with Lachlan Colwill at Hentley Farm Restaurant in the Barossa.

Big ticket functions captured the necessary wow factor, especially a retrospective of revered Adelaide chef Cheong Liew, with eight courses cooked by Liew alumni who now run kitchens around the world, including Luke Brabin from Regal Hotel, Shanghai, and Michael Elfwing from Cape Lodge in Margaret River. It underlined the power of Liew's influence upon another generation.

Pop-up events provided magic moments. Matt Orlando, from Amass in Denmark, and Orana's Jock Zonfrillo laid a carpet of autumn leaves in a marquee to complement their six-course Natural dinner of foraged and seasonal produce. A crowd on the Port Adelaide docks ate fresh-caught fish with bread baked by Americans Jeffrey Hamelman and Josey Baker. A mighty avenue of ancient trees provided a canopy for Anthony Myint and Paul Baker's long table feast at Adelaide Botanic Garden.

The festival's concluding Origins gala - "a nightclub for foodies" as described festival creative director Simon Bryant - had 30 chefs present bite-sized dishes of extravagant comfort foods. Many were sublime, including wagyu tartare on a fried potato cube by Dave Pynt from Singapore.

The transformation of Adelaide's central Victoria Square into a stall-lined Town Square for public eating, drinking, demonstrations and forums was similarly ambitious, but needs modifying to garner more public attention. Organisers get the chance when the now-annual Tasting Australia returns in late April 2017.

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