Interview: Bartender of the Year Charlie Ainsbury pours out the inspiration behind his award-winning cocktails

For those willing to go beyond the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street between the CBD and Taylor Square, you will find This Must Be The Place. This neighbourhood small bar is the combined success of two award-winning bartenders and cocktail connoisseurs, Luke Ashton and Charlie Ainsbury. Luke and Charlie have both claimed the title of Diageo’s World Class Australian Bartender of the Year Awards; Luke in 2013, and Charlie in 2014 and 2016.... Read More | Share it now!

Interview: Rene Redzepi (noma) talks foraging, Australian ingredients, fine dining, and more

Tonight SBS premieres noma australia, documenting René Redzepi’s journey of relocating noma, one of the world’s best restaurants, from Copenhagen to Sydney. The series uncovers how the Australian landscape informed menu ideas, especially foraged native ingredients. We got in touch with René to find out more about his experiences with the celebrated pop-up, how indigenous produce influenced his approach, his future plans, and more. ... Read More | Share it now!

Jordan Toft (Coogee Pavilion) talks Coogee Foreshore Festival, March Into Merivale, and more

As March Into Merivale approaches it’s end for another year so too does the big Coogee Foreshore Festival at Coogee. Easily one of the biggest and best events of the comprehensive Merivale food and wine festival, the event brings an afternoon of eating and drinking by the beach as both inside and outside the sprawling Coogee Pavilion lay an epic foodie market put on by some of the best the group has to offer. Ahead of the day, which is this Sunday 20th March from 11am to 3pm, we caught up for a quick Q&A with Jordan Toft, he who has led the kitchen in making Coogee Pavilion the acclaimed hotspot it has remained for the past few years. ... Read More | Share it now!

Meatstock’s Sydney Barbecue Wars are heating up; we ask four competing teams what to expect

Meatstock is finally here! It’s time for Sydney Showground to be transformed into one large, two-day BBQ with some of the best of the best meat-pros heading out to Olympic Park to showcase, compete, and cook. Starting tomorrow, Saturday 13th February, and continuing through the weekend, Meatstock will be a celebration of meats cooked exactly right, with plenty of food, drink, live music, and general good times around. One of the main features will be the Sydney Barbecue Wars, where teams from around the country will compete in the cook-off to end all cook-offs. We caught up with four reps from four of the competing teams for a quick Q&A about what to expect from the competition, where to find the best BBQ’d meats in Australia, where they see BBQ heading, and more.... Read More | Share it now!

Interview: Sam Egerton (Palmer & Co.) talks Guilty Pleasures, March Into Merivale, The Paddington, and more

Merivale’s huge March Into Merivale kicks off this week with a big launch party on Wednesday 10th February, where the many talents which make up the juggernaut hospitality group will be able to showcase their eats and drinks throughout the luscious ivy. Ahead of the big day, we caught up with Palmer & Co. stalwart Sam Egerton, who is also involved in Merivale’s shiny new The Paddington, to talk shop, he’s guilty pleasures in Sydney, what to expect from the festival and one of it’s signature events, “Room for One More”, and changes at The Paddington.... Read More | Share it now!

Merivale chefs name their top picks for this year’s ‘March Into Merivale’ festival

It’s not long now until the big launch of March Into Merivale, the renowned hospitality group’s annual festival which gives them a chance to celebrate their acclaimed team of chefs and bartenders through a series of food and drink events, catering for a massive range of tastes. This year also marks one of the biggest in Merivale’s history as they welcome a string of anticipated venues like Queen Chow (Enmore’s former Queen Victoria Hotel), Fred’s, and the much-buzzed-about The Newport, in addition to recent openings like The Paddington and J&M. Undoubtedly we’ll be celebrating and previewing these new venues throughout the month of events, as well as looking into established treasures like Mr Wong, Uccello and Papi Chulo, and to gauge just what’s in store for the public the AU review caught up with group chefs David Lovett and Christopher Hogarth to talk March Into Merivale, this year’s theme of “Guilty Pleasures”, their picks of the program, and more.... Read More | Share it now!