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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

“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

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.


Love Island & Married at First Sight stars behind the bar every Thursday night at Planar, Darling Harbour

People were doing double takes last week when ex Married at First Sight wild boy, Ryan Gallagher  was working behind the bar serving up drinks!   Did he finally lose the plot? Was there a secret scandal that forced him into retreat after moving into standup comedy?

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3 interesting Beer Innovations

It’s almost as though the “Global Beer Market Analysis & Trends – Industry Forecast to 2027” predicted it would happen.  A comprehensive study that detailed market analysis with inputs derived from industry professionals across the value chain.   A special focus on 23 countries such as U.S., Canada, Mexico, U.K., Germany, Spain, France, Italy, China, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and South Africa, among others.  In observing the innovation and culture of the beer experience overseas, it’s only a matter of time before some semblance of these on-trend interpretations manifest on our shores.

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Glow Golf, Melbourne Docklands: Australia’s Smallest Bar


There’s cosy and there’s this! 28 square feet (2 metres long x 1.3 metres wide), making Le Bar European, the smallest bar in Australia. “You could be one of only four people allowed at this exclusive bar at any one time,” says Julie Blyth, who founded the business in 2017 with husband Michael Blyth.  “The bar holds a liquor license which allows a maximum of four customers at a time, with European Beers and Australian wines on offer.”

Sitting in the GlowGolf Docklands’ Glow in the Dark Miniature Golf complex in the waterfront area of Melbourne, Victoria, ‘Le Bar Europeen’ has an Italian ambience and has been designed to look as though it has been around for over a hundred years.

The District Docklands shopping centre
Shop:  NW F05 Star Cres, (First Floor)
Level 1 / Shop 35 Star Cres
(Opposite Artvo and next door to Dialogue in the Dark)
Victoria 3008
Ph: 03-9642-5442

Gintonica: The $275 Gin Advent Calendar

Once again Aussie gin specialist Gintonica has released it’s beautiful gin advent calendar. Why beautiful? It is the only Gin Advent Calendar in the world that has specially designed mini-me distiller labels. It also boasts the largest gin sample bottles in the Australian market, at 50ml of Aussie craft gin per bottle. David Box, manager of Gintonica says “Our slogan is ‘enough to sip, mix and share’ but so many people say that they have no intentions of sharing”. Continue reading Gintonica: The $275 Gin Advent Calendar

Sydney Beer Week

The Sydney Beer Week (SBW) 2018 program has today been announced, with over 130 events across Greater Sydney. The festival will take place from 26 October to 4 November with beer from across Australia and around the world on show. Continue reading Sydney Beer Week