The 50th Anniversary Issue

Our 50th birthday issue is on sale now. We're celebrating five decades of great food and travel with our biggest issue yet.

Subscribe to Gourmet

Subscribe to Australian Gourmet Traveller before 27th November, 2016 and receive a Villeroy & Boch platter!

Gourmet on your iPad

Subscribe to Gourmet Traveller for your iPad.

Peter Gilmore's North American truffle tour

Peter Gilmore at Per Se, New York

Peter Gilmore at Per Se, New York

On plates, menus, social media feeds - Australian black winter truffles seem to be everywhere right now, even in North America.

To celebrate the northern-hemisphere launch of Australia's truffle season, Western Australia's Truffle & Wine Company is touring the US, spruiking the joys of Tuber melanosporum. In addition to packing masses of Manjimup black truffles, the company - now the largest trufferie in the southern hemisphere - has also brought along Quay chef Peter Gilmore to help drive home its point.

Kicking things off with an intimate dinner at Per Se in Manhattan this week, Gilmore impressed with the likes of black pudding with morel and truffle purée and wagyu tenderloin poached in truffle jus. Up next, Gilmore will be showcasing the truffles at a Thursday evening cocktail event at RPM, Doug Psaltis's modern Italian diner in downtown Chicago, before heading to Los Angeles for Friday night's collaborative dinner with Josiah Citrin at Mélisse. It's a taxing schedule - not least because all three events are scheduled over just five days - but for Gilmore, fresh is the best way to show off the luxe, $2,500-a-kilo ingredient.

"Honestly, I think the quality of what was landing in my kitchen last season is better than what I was getting out of France," he said as he finished preparations for his Chicago event. "They're out of the ground and within three to four days you've got them in your kitchen. Sometimes the French ones can be three weeks old by the time we get them. I was really impressed with the freshness and texture of the Manjimup truffles as well as their aroma."

Although truffles are an increasingly regular sighting on tasting menus this time of year (and while it sends 95 per cent of its produce offshore, Truffle & Wine Company remains Australia's largest grower), Gilmore believes good results are well within reach for home cooks. "The beauty of truffle is that it's at its best when served simply in a risotto, pasta or even shaved in scrambled eggs."

Peter Gilmore's five favourite New York eats
In addition to flying the flag for Australia and its truffles, Peter Gilmore also found time to eat out in the Big Apple this visit. Here are his top five New York City food picks:

"The best overall experience is catching the train and eating at Blue Hill at Stone Barn. Dan Barber is an absolute genius and probably the most underrated chef in the world. His commitment to heirloom and organic ingredients is exceptional.

"Per Se is probably the most professionally run restaurant I've ever been to. The service staff are impeccable and the kitchen produces modern American classic food with absolute precision.

"At Eleven Madison Park, Daniel Humm serves a dégustation based on the history of New York and New York dishes, although the highlight of the evening was probably the tea service. There was this 1989 pu-erh aged in bamboo that was cracked at the table, ground and served at three different temperatures. A stunning experience.

"A visit to Eataly is always on the agenda in New York City, especially because it's right near Eleven Madison Park.

"The Union Square Greenmarket is on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday every week. We were there on the weekend and the variety of produce from around New York state was stunning. I'd love to have a farmers' market with that amount of diversity and quality on my doorstep."


Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.

Latest news
Recipes by Danielle Alvarez
How to barbecue like Heston Blumenthal
Four ways with olives
GT's first hardcover cookbook is coming soon
Sweet Stone brigadeiros
The second Gourmet Traveller Chinese-language edition is here
Signature Collection

Find out more about the Gourmet Traveller Signature Collection by Robert Gordon Australia, including where to buy it in store and online.

Read More
things to do this autumn

Whether it's foraging for wild mushrooms in a picturesque Victorian forest or watching a film by moonlight in Darwin, we've got you covered with 20 exciting autumn experiences from around Australia.

Read More
Gourmet TV

Check out our YouTube channel for our latest cover recipes, chef cooking demos, interviews and more.

Watch Now

You might also like...

Hot 100 2015 - Food

The world is getting hotter and we’re not talking about glob...

The producers: Two Rivers Green Tea

A leading local tea exporter now offers his leaves to the do...

The producers: Colony honey

A selection of regional monofloral honeys sourced direct fro...

Liquid gold

We find ourselves inexorably drawn to salt caramel in a jar....

The producers: Atssu Divers

Hand-dived abalone, turban shell and sea urchin.

Making a scene

Entertainer Julia Zemiro notes there’s little difference bet...

Game of Thrones food

Pat Nourse caught up with George RR Martin to talk about one...

Deutscher’s Turkey Farm

When it comes to talking turkey, the best birds have lived t...

Sandor Ellix Katz Q&A

Food fermentation 'revivalist' and guru Sandor Ellix Katz di...

The producers: Alexandrina Jersey milk

Meet the producers of the creme de la creme of Australian fu...

On the pass

Looking back over the 20 years she's been in business, Phill...

Gamze smokehouse

Bringing local flavour to artisan-made bacon.

Gourmet Traveller Gourmet Fast app

Now, here's a mighty handful: GT's Gourmet Fast recipes are ...

Food emoji we wish existed

What? More than 200 new pictograms in the latest Emoji set, ...

What is jumbuck?

The jumbuck has leapt straight from the pages of Banjo Pater...

get the latest news

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.