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Helm: Exploring the mind of a creator – Chef Josh Boutwood

Screen Shot 2019-10-02 at 7.38.01 PMIt’s the intimate 10 seat triptych that shine’s light to Chef Josh Boutwood’s personal experiences and culinary training.  Each venue captures a distinct idea or characteristic of his personality.  The menu here is designed with minimal chic in a monochromatic palette with balances of grey.   3 venues.  3 colours. A central theme that seems to emerge across his culinary expressions.

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“I have a deep connection with the number three. It is connection that fuels my fascination with triangles.  When creating a dish, I imagine a blueprint in the form of a triangle.  In some instances, the points of this triangle represent ingredients: a starch, a protein or a vegetable. Sometimes, the points could be flavors such as salt, bitter and sweet. The points could even signify textures like soft, chew and crunch.  My challenge is trying to find the equilibrium within a dish, a sense of balance between each point of the triangle.  The process can be brutal in its simplicity but it is always elegant in its symmetry.” says Chef Josh Boutwood.

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Unlike our visit to the more laid back nuances of Savage , there’s an intimacy with the food creator that adds to the diner’s experience with all seats focalised on the kitchen.  His drive to innovate and define his unique style, the result of a catalystic encounter during a stint in Sweden when criticised for his lack of experience in the kitchen.

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The women of Downton Abbey on reprising their roles for film

Opening weekend of Downton Abbey saw it smash Brad Pitt and Sylvester Stallone’s filma, Ad Astra and Rambo: Last Blood out of the park reeling in USD$30 million (AUD$44.3m) playing in over 3000 venues worldwide.

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The urban experimental Sax man, “Gab Zak” – takes residency at Tayim, The Rocks

Gabriel Echaurren also known as Gab Zak has taken up residency at The Rocks and will be swooning diners with on the brass in the new Jazz Funk nights at the Mediterranean venue, Tayim every Wednesday nights.   Here’s a short Q&A session giving us insight into the man behind the sax.



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The Independent Supernatural Kung Fu Killer: He’s no token!

He’s a regular on the international circuit, a legacy character from Supernatural, a feature film artist who made his debut in Kung Fu Killer after being discovered through his martial arts skills which he began at just 13.

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We had a chat with Osric Chau while he is in town for this weekend’s Oz Comic Con tour in Brisbane and next week in Sydney.   “Oz Comic Con is such a great way to connect with fans” he said.   With events globally, it is the pop-culture pilgrimate that reels in some of the most passionate fans of artwork illustrators,  movie, television fans in a cosplay pan-pop spectacle of the production houses of the hour – from HBO, to Warner Bros, and more recently, Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu.

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Cool climate wines and brews of Orange

Just 1% of Australian vineyards grow their grapes in areas above 600 metres.   This and a number of geological and topographical factors are what constitute the uniqueness in winemaking in the region of Orange, New South Wales.   Newer in comparison to the old wine household names of the industry, the mineral rich hills of limestone, shales, greywhack overlain and basalt rich soils create a distinct taste and body.

Grapes have more difficulty ripening in cooler climates like Orange,  which result in higher levels of acidity and lower levels of sugar.   Orange’s elevation combines to create a medium to light-bodied aromatic drop which is the perfect storm for connoisseurs who lean more towards light, crisp, and dry wines.

“This time of year in the winemaking cycle is always an exciting time with many of our new vintage wine releases appearing in market and on wine lists.  It is a celebration of bud burst, which symbolises the beginning of the growing process,” said Orange360 General Manager Caddie Marshall. “It is terrific to partner with the Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce to showcase more than half of our region’s cool climate wine brands.”

The wine making region of Orange forms a belt of 60 vineyards and 40 cellar doors around the township in which 60% of the wine produced is red.

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BMW X6: The first car in the world painted in Vantablack (Interview)

In 2018, the BMW Group sold over 2,490,000 passenger vehicles and more than 165,000 motorcycles worldwide. The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain.

The Frankfurt Motor Show running from 12-22 September will provide the backdrop for the world premiere of the third-generation BMW X6 (fuel consumption combined: 10.7–6.1 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 243–159 g/km)*, the car that established the Sports Activity Coupé segment a good ten years ago.   At the event, BMW will also present a spectacular one-off vehicle with a Vantablack® VBx2 nanostructure paint finish that highlights the expressive design language and confident, dominant and muscular appearance of the new BMW X6 to perfection. This exclusive show car is the result of a collaboration between BMW and Surrey NanoSystems, the inventors of the Vantablack technology.

The BMW X6 is the first and only vehicle in the world to feature a Vantablack VBx2 paint finish.

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Mincing around with Curtis Stone

It’s the keto dream clocking in just 1.6g in carbohydrates and 18g of Protein.  It’s seasoning flavoured by the second most popular cuisine enjoyed by Australians.  Regular pork mince retails from about $11kg, while leaner mince peaks at $16kg.  The new pre-seasoned “Cook with Curtis”  mince range sits at the $15kg mark, with its inviting michelin chef  twinkle eyed branded packaging that caters to those who can’t be bothered or are too time poor to season their own meat.   Has it really come to this Australia?

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