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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.

Our chocolate issue is out now
27.03.2017

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

Roast pork with Nelly Robinson
27.03.2017

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
24.03.2017

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.

Fast autumn dinners

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.

David Blackmore denied farm permit

In a move described by chef Neil Perry as "like losing Apple in the agriculture world", prize-winning wagyu producer David Blackmore may have to abandon his Victorian farm after the local council denied him a vital permit.

Blackmore's 1350-strong herd of prized full-blood wagyu cattle may be looking for a new home after concerns from neighbours about machinery, noise, dust and birds on the 150-hectare farm. In what has been construed by the Victorian Farmers' Federation as a right-to-farm issue, Murrindindi Shire Council last month ignored the advice of its own planning department in rejecting Blackmore a permit for what it has contentiously described as "intensive animal husbandry".

It's a description Blackmore says is out of step with the kind of innovative farming practices that saw him take his animals out of a feedlot four years ago to be intensively fattened while grazing on natural pasture. "No statutory body has raised an objection to what we do here," he says." The council even rejected the advice of its own expert it brought in. This is going to be an Australia-wide issue as farming becomes more intensive."

The shire's acting chief executive officer Michael Chesworth in a press release acknowledged the level of interest in the Blackmore case, but said the issue was about finding a balance between "growth and economic development (and) the need to manage impacts of intensive farming practices on the amenity of the surrounding area".

Blackmore, who has been rearing his prized herd outside Alexandra, in Victoria's Central Highlands, since 2004, says he is unsure whether he and his wife will appeal to VCAT ahead of the late-August deadline. "It's too early to make the call to fight or leave, but I'm 65 years old and we've put our lifetime's work into this. We're running a bit scared."

A petition started by Perry at change.org urging the state and federal governments to intervene had gathered 1890 supporters at the time of publication. "This is a world-class, best-practice farm… and I mean world-class in every way," says Perry. "There are no other wagyu farms doing it as sustainably or humanely as David."

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