Category Archives: Dining

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.


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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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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15 Must-Try delights at BITE Markets, North Harbour

bite band and jester with logoCalling all foodies – it’s time to indelibly ink Friday March 1 and Saturday March 2 in your diaries because that’s the weekend Bite Markets at North Harbour will officially open.  A custom-designed fully-fenced 5,000sqm dining precinct of shipping containers, it’s set to be an explosion of 40 flavour makers, creating the biggest food adventure in Brisbane’s North side with dishes under $15!

“BITE represents a new hub for local food creators and food lovers.  At home in the fastest growing region of Australia in the Moreton Bay region, we are thrilled to announce that BITE Markets will open on Friday, March 1. BITERS are set for a culinary journey around the globe with dishes from Malaysia to Spain, Italy to Japan, Tibet to Turkey and everywhere in between, all created on-site. Of course, everyone is dedicated to championing local produce.” says BITE Founder, renowned caterer and food reator, Tom Burke.

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Fast Food & Chicken Welfare: Who gives a cluck?

World Animal Protection (WAP) launched the Pecking Order 2018 ­report – the first-ever international ranking on the welfare of chickens raised for meat.  The data sets are American and one could argue could have local applications when considering Enhanced Media Metrics Australia Enhanced Media Metrics Australia reported 60% of 14-29 year olds are eating fast food at least once a month (national average 45%).

Burger King, KFC, Domino’s Pizza Group, Domino’s, McDonalds, Nando’s, Pizza Hut, Starbucks and Subway have all been assessed with deeply concerning results according to WAP describing it as profit from pain.
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Top 5 Wine trends by Callum McCrorie of Pony Dining, Brisbane

Restaurant Manager, Callum McCrorie and Head Chef, Tom Swapp were the new additions heading up Pony Dining in Brisbane late last year. Together, they embarked on a mission to rejuvenate the already alluring proposition of wining and dining at the waterfront of Eagle Street Pier.

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Singapore Airlines: Fine Dining at 30,000 feet & new Premium Class pre-ordering

Set up in 1998, the International Culinary Panel (ICP) comprises award-winning chefs from the culinary capitals of the world.   For the past 20 years, the Panel has been working closely with Sinagpore Airline’s own chefs, to specially create the unique selection that is available for customers in all classes on board.   On average, the ICP chefs design about 50 new in-flight meals for Singapore Airlines annually.  The Panel includes: Sanjeev Kapoor of India, George Blanc of France, Matt Moran of Australia, Suzanne Goin of the United States, Alfred Portale of the United States, Zhu Jun of China, Carlo Cracco of Italy and Yoshihiro Murata of Japan.

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