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Recipes by Christine Manfield
21.02.2017

As the '90s dawned, darling chefs were pushing the boundaries of cooking in this country. A young Christine Manfield, just starting out at this heady time, soon became part of the generation that redefined modern Australian cuisine. She shares some of her timeless signatures from the era.

Cirrus, Sydney review
20.02.2017

Cirrus moves the Bentley team down to the water and into more lighthearted territory without sacrificing polish, writes Pat Nourse.

How to grow rocket
20.02.2017

A vegetable patch without rocket lacks a great staple, according to Mat Pember. The perennial performer is a leaf for all seasons.

50BestTalks brings World’s best chefs to Sydney and Melbourne
16.02.2017

Massimo Bottura and more are coming to the Sydney Opera House.

Toby Wilson, Sean McManus and Jon Kennedy to open Bad Hombres
16.02.2017

Expect Mexican-Asian flavours and an all-natural wine list from two of Sydney’s edgier operators.

Local Knowledge: Moscow
16.02.2017

Director of Shakespeare theatre company Cheek by Jowl Declan Donnellan walks us through the essential sights and his favourite cafes and restaurants of his hometown.

On the Pass: Danielle Rensonnet
16.02.2017

Bellota chef Danielle Rensonnet talks us through the current menu at the restaurant and her favourite summer ingredients.

Melbourne's Tomato Festival is back in 2017
15.02.2017

Returning for another year, Melbourne’s Tomato Festival is ripe with cooking demonstrations, talks, and produce stalls dedicated to plump produce.

Truffle Kerfuffle, Manjimup

Luke Burgess

Luke Burgess

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats around the country right now: Truffle Kerfuffle, Manjimup.

As far as reasons to celebrate go, the start of the Australian black truffle season is as good as any. While more and more farmers are getting into the lucrative truffle game each year, Manjimup, a timber town in Western Australia's picturesque Southern Forests region, remains the industry's engine room, with local growers harvesting six tonnes of the exotic fungus in 2014. Although fresh truffles can be admired in myriad ways (shaved; sliced and sandwiched between brie; hashtagged on Instagram), the town's annual Truffle Kerfuffle festival remains WA's premier Tuber melanosporum party. As with previous events, many of the state's best chefs will be headed south for the weekend - Kiren Mainwaring (Co-op Dining), Joel Valvasori-Pereza (Lalla Rookh) and David Coomer (Pata Negra) are just some of the names on the bill - as will heavyweight interstate talent including former Garagistes chef Luke Burgess (pictured) and Matthew Evans from Gourmet Farmer. The gala dinners and lunches are selling fast, and tickets to masterclasses, farmers' markets and truffle hunts are still available. See you down there (and dressed warmly, we might add).

Truffle Kerfuffle will be held at Fonty's Pool Caravan Park (Seven Day Rd, Manjimup) from Friday 26 June to Sunday 28 June. Tickets available from trufflekerfuffle.com.au.

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