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Stars of Gastronomy Turn Out for the World Restaurant Awards

The exclusive event is ahead of the inaugural edition of The World Restaurant Awards being held in the Palais Brongniart in (Paris time) on Monday night.

Kylie Kwong
Kylie Kwong

Amanda Cohen, Mauro Colagreco, Kylie Kwong and Virgilio Martinez were among the gastronomy stars in attendance last night at the official Ron Zacapa rum opening event for The World Restaurant Awards 2019.

A new entry in the world of awards for culinary excellence, The World Restaurant Awards is celebrating the excellence, integrity, diversity and rich culture of the restaurant world, rather than awarding for the pinnacle of achievement. The awards were created by IMG, in partnership with restaurant journalist Joe Warwick working alongside gastronomic writer and broadcaster Andrea Petrini.

Amanda Cohen
Amanda Cohen

The judging panel, with a 50/50 gender split, consists of some of the leading lights of the culinary world, including some of the most established and rising chefs, food writers and professionals.

Chefs on the panel include luminaries such as Elena Arzak, Alex Atala, Massimo Bottura, David Chang, Hlne Darroze, Daniel Humm, Dan Barber, Ren Redzepi, Ana Rosh, Yotam Ottolenghi and Clare Smyth.

Guests at the Zacapa rum welcome event in Malro, Paris savoured exquisite Zacapa Old Fashioned cocktails and small plates curated by Malro head chef, Denny Imbroisi.

Zacapa Master Blender Lorena Vasquez said: “We are so pleased to be able to welcome the very best of the industry here tonight ahead of the first edition of the awards.shutterstock_746815303“I see clear parallels between what we do when crafting Zacapa rum in Guatemala, and what the best chefs do in the greatest restaurants around the world, which is why Zacapa’s partnership with The World Restaurant Awards is such a good fit. It’s about having the time, patience and skill to bring the richness of the flavours to the fore. Really, whether it’s food or rum, we’re all focused on letting the depth and layers of flavour speak for themselves.

Mauro-Colagreco
Mauro Colagreco

“A huge part of the dining experience is a wonderful aperitif or digestif – incredible food deserves an exquisite accompaniment, so we’re delighted Zacapa is the spirit of choice for The World Restaurant Awards.

“I hope our guests tonight enjoyed their little taste of Guatemala, sharing Zacapa with good friends. I wish them all great success, at the awards, of course, but also in everything that they do when they return home.”

Virgilio-Martinez
Virgilio Martinez

Cecile Rebbot, Director of The World Restaurant Awards, IMG, said: “It was great to get everyone together tonight for cocktails, all these talented restaurant people from around the world, ahead of the awards tomorrow. We can’t do this event without great partners and it’s a pleasure to get the chance to work with a quality brand like Zacapa as our spirit of choice for The World Restaurant Awards.”

To learn more about the World Restaurant Awards click here.

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A WICKED winter at HOTA, Surfers Paradise

Renowned Australian production company, Matt Ward Entertainment, has announced today it will stage the worldwide musical phenomenon, WICKED, hot on the heels of casting the stellar lead cast.  Co-presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts this exciting rendition of WICKED will showcase a talented line up this June, telling the beloved tale of the extraordinary adventures in Oz and a profound friendship between Glinda The Good Witch and Elphaba, The Wicked Witch of the West.

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Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary

It all began in 1969 on a street where colorful Muppets and humans lived — and learned — side by side and educating generations!    50 years later, Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organisation behind Sesame Street, announced a yearlong anniversary celebration to mark the occasion.

Throughout 2019, Sesame Workshop will bring people together around the timeless lessons that Sesame Street has always taught:  everyone, no matter who they are or where they are from, is equally deserving of respect, opportunity – and joy.

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The Love Boat: Australia’s beloved floating hotel in Mildura

Luxurious houseboat, River Dream Boatel, recently named one of the Best Floating Accommodations in the World by the UK Telegraph has announced a new concept in houseboating.  Designed for singles and couples, the concept encapsulates an all inclusive fully escorted luxury gourmet escape in the intimacy of a small group for singles and couples.

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Fair Day: 80,000 people, 200 stalls and the official opening of the MG Season!

Mardi Gras Fair Day, the biggest and best-loved free community event of the season, returns on Sunday 17 February with over 80,000 people expected to come together in Victoria Park in Camperdown for a day filled with live entertainment, over 200 stalls, and food and drink outlets.   2019 will see the all new Doggywood and Sports Village and the official Fair Day After Party extravaganza at the Seymour Centre.

“Fair Day is such a special event for the community,” said Mardi Gras CEO Terese Casu. “It is a loud, proud and welcoming celebration of community spirit and connectedness and a wonderful opportunity for the LGBTQI Community, their friends, families and supporters to come together and enjoy a blissful day of fun, food and festivities.”

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SIXES: Post punk/garage with a tinge of poppy soul release new EP ‘HISSS’ (Listen Now)

Out of San Diego, California, SIXES has shared the stage with genre heavies like La Luz, Jacuzzi Boys, Tijuana Panthers, The Monochrome Set and more, and their self-released debut EP HISSS received top honors in San Diego CityBeat’s 2018.
“Sixes are, ostensibly, a punk band. A basic, bass-guitar-drums trio, they certainly have the lo-fi sound down, proudly branding this EP as “self-produced, self-released, recorded live to a 4-track cassette machine.” (Refreshing in this age of digital gloss, tbh.)

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