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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.

The Smooth Festival of Chocolate, Sydney

Black Star Pastry's chocolate, strawberry and watermelon cake

Black Star Pastry's chocolate, strawberry and watermelon cake

The Smooth Festival of Chocolate in Sydney is an entire weekend shamelessly dedicated to the cacao brand of sweet tooth. The festival launched in 2014 and Sydney's appetite for it has grown each year. Last year a whopping 112,000 chocolate lovers hit The Rocks for treats and tastings from numerous bean-to-bar and artisan producers, as well as cooking demonstrations from some of the country's best chocolatiers and chefs.

There'll be more than 80 stalls at this year's festival - but don't expect blocks and bars alone. Chocolate ice-cream, Dutch pancakes, macarons and, perhaps the main act, a limited-edition chocolate version of Black Star Pastry's Insta-famous strawberry and watermelon cake are all part of the program. The luxed-up version of the Black Star cake is made with dark chocolate dacquoise layers, white chocolate mousse and white chocolate Valrhona pearl crisps and shavings.

"What makes the original cake so special is its delicate floral notes and light texture," says Black Star chef and owner Christopher Thé. "The mouthfeel of this recipe is far richer than the original, but still surprisingly light and full of vibrant fruit flavour."

This is the second year Black Star has participated in the event; last year they débuted the chocolate version of the cake and sold more than 3,000 pieces over two days. "This year we're planning to bring double that amount," says Thé.

Black Star will be joined over the weekend by chefs including Anna Polyviou (Shangri-La Hotel), Carlos Heng (Mak Mak Macarons) and GT's food and style director Emma Knowles to host various cooking demonstrations on the Callebaut Test Kitchen stage. And how will Thé be taking five and getting his chocolate fix? "Watching the view of the harbour with a glass of Champagne and a slice of our cake," he says. See you there.

Smooth Festival of Chocolate, Saturday 10 September, 10am-8pm and Sunday 11 September, 10am-6pm; The Rocks, Sydney, smooth.com.au

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