Aussie Chefs Swoop In For Drought Relief With Dinner

In aid of the entire state being in drought and farmers’ facing significant impacts, Australia’s top chefs are banding together for a collaborative dinner in September, to help raise funds.

Mark LaBrooy, Darren Robertson and Andy Allen from Three Blue Ducks are joining forces with the country’s best chefs to collaborate at Three Blue Ducks Rosebery on Tuesday 4 September and put on a very special collective dinner. The chefs include Clayton Wells (A1 Canteen and Automata), Monty Koludrovic (Icebergs Dining Room + Bar and The Dolphin), Matt Stone and Jo Barrett (Oakridge Wines), Mat Lindsay (Ester, Poly), Duncan Welgemoed (Africola), Shannon Martinez (Smith & Daughters), James Viles (Biota Dining) and Andy Bowdy (Saga).

Guests will be treated to an exceptional four-course dinner, with a selection of wines and beers, and cocktails managed by award-winning bartender, Tim Phillips of Bulletin Place and Deadringer. The menu will showcase and reflect all chefs’ signature dishes from their respective restaurants and venues. All monies raised will be donated to Rural Aid –

“It’s heartbreaking to see what is happening across the state and as chefs, we work so closely with these farmers and producers that we have to do our part and help them out in some way”, says Mark LaBrooy.

Three Blue Ducks Byron Bay will also be hosting a simultaneous dinner the same evening. Further details will be announced shortly.

Dinner will kick off at 6.30pm at Three Blue Ducks Rosebery – 1/85 Dunning Ave.

Tickets are $220 per head for the four-course dinner and drinks.

For reservations, visit Three Blue Ducks

Source: Rural Aid

Bistro Guillaume pops up at Caulfield Racecourse for the 2018 Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Carnival

In yet another exciting partnership for the 2018 Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Carnival, Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) has today announced that Crown’s hatted Bistro Guillaume will take up residence on the home turn across the Carnival, beginning with Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Day on Saturday 13 October and finishing with Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Day on Saturday 20 October.

The partnership follows the success of previous restaurant residencies within the Heath Enclosure, including Teage Ezard’s fine dining restaurant, EZARD in 2017, Estelle by Scott Pickett in 2016 and Stokehouse in 2015.

Pleased to welcome the French Bistro to its new trackside location, MRC’s Chief Commercial Officer, Peta Webster, encourages savvy racegoers to book their place now, with the popular restaurant marquee known to sell out well in advance of the spring season.

“To have yet another hatted restaurant take up residency trackside this year is a true testament to our world- class Carnival.“It’s a real honour to welcome Bistro Guillaume to the MRC family and we can’t wait for our guests to enjoy the creations of one of Australia’s best restaurants, from one of the most spectacular views on course,” Webster said.

With tickets now on sale, the fine food experience of Bistro Guillaume at the Heath will deliver racegoers an authentically French trackside experience, featuring four courses and paired with matched wines from Penfolds.

To mark this special occasion, guests of the restaurant on Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Day will be treated to their first taste of Penfolds new vintage wines from the 2018 Collection. Penfolds wines will be paired with each course, featuring the coveted Bin range, including Bin 311 Chardonnay, Kalimna Bin 28 Shiraz and Bin 51 Eden Valley Riesling. The highly anticipated 2014 Grange will also be available for guests to purchase on the day.

Brahimi hopes that while inside, guests will be transported to the streets of France, with authentically modern French aromas, flavours and an aesthetic that reflects the restaurant’s modern chic, fresh feel. Only to be brought back to the present as the horses thunder past the home turn.

“Working with (MRC Executive Chef)Julian Robertshaw and the team at Caulfield Racecourse, I see a lot of pride in what they bring to their guests, and I look forward to doing the same this Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Carnival,” Brahimi said.

“For me, bistro food is the food I want to eat in my home, and Bistro Guillaume is my “home away from home”, so I am thrilled to be bringing that to Caulfield.”

Tickets for Bistro Guillaume at the Heath include an all-inclusive four-course lunch with beverages; exclusive indoor and outdoor decking area that looks directly onto the home turn; television screens and exclusive betting facilitates within the marquee; racecourse and Heath Enclosure admission, and a racebook per guest.

Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Day: $430pp
Catanach’s Jewellers Blue Sapphire Stakes Day: $325pp
Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Day: $580
Tickets can be purchased online at:

Source: Melbourne Racing Club

Inside the iQ4 Foxtel party at Fox Studios

Without going too technical on you, this soirée was one for serious high definition TV lovers. Mega 4K TVs are well & truly out there – & perhaps some of you have one already.

So, Foxtel boss Patrick Delany hosted a packed event – lots of suits in one room! – in one of Fox Studios mega sound stages (aka the former fruit & veg produce hall to be precise) to officially unleash iQ4, informing guestswhat they are going to do with the technology on a channel onthesubscriptionplatform from October, with sport – natch – a huuuuge part of the ‘4K’ roster.
 Mr Delany announced the launch of its own 4K channel which he says will deliver next-generation TV to its subscribers. 
A swag of subscription talent were there – the female names dressing up like there was no tomorrow and many snapped against a signature orange media wall.

Some of the names I spotted were Janine Perrett, Brian Walsh, Edwina McCann, Liz Deegan, Kate De Brito, Fraser Stark, Stephen Baldwin, Kathy Lipari, Julian Delany and Campbell Reid.

Not forgetting  Paul Murray, Craig Wing, Luke MacIlveen, James Manning, David Knox, Cameron Daddo and Steve Crawley.

The new channel will launch in October and will also showcase documentaries, concerts and movies in seriously sharp images.You’d wanna hope to be having a nice skin day.

The Spiel: The iQ4 box is designed to be continually upgraded with newerfeatures and  will also enable subscribers with a compatible 4K TV to access Foxtel’s entertainment and sports service in both HD and 4K.

The 4K announcement comes three months after Foxtel and Fox Sports merged into a single company, with News Corp (the publisher of now the majority owner.

As we saw, we could basically see every pore & bead of sweat of every players skin. Let alone every wood splint on a cricket stump. (Pretty sure it would pick up sandpaper usage as well.)

Warnie was SO looking the goods. As svelte asanything  as was his TV hosting cricket buddy Adam Gilchristand Brett Lee along with Brendan Julian.

Some of the big wave surf action they showed was seriously, nail-biting sensational. Surfer and photographer Tim Bonython Is the surf master & his vision is extra-ordinary.
Ok, so that’s sport is sorted. (Plus they’ll be showing live music gigs as well.)  In fact, the night was capped off with a live performance by Alessia Cara.

Now it’s about a great pop culture/entertainment/style/fashionshow that could be made with4Kin mind?

Yes please!!

*News Corp owns 65% of the combined Fox Sports and Foxtel entity.

By Melissa Hoyer

All Pics by Belinda Rolland

Delicious. Produce Awards 2018 Winners Revealed

The winners of the 2018 delicious. Produce Awards, the country’s most prestigious food industry awards, were announced overnight at a gala event at QT Sydney.

Some of Australia’s most renowned chefs and food industry leaders joined the delicious. team and finalists at the annual ceremony. The delicious. Produce Awards are designed to celebrate the country’s most outstanding ingredients and regions, inspiring sustainable producers, farmers’ markets, innovators, and regional and emerging chefs.

Fifteen trophies and thirty-seven gold medals were presented, plus one highly commended mention, with each of the State Winners across the four major categories (From the Dairy, From the Earth, From the Paddock and From the Sea) judged by the National Judging Panel, and considered for the overall Producer of the Year Award, which was last night awarded to Carla Meurs and Ann-Marie Monda of Holy Goat Cheese.

The second annual Alla Wolf-Tasker Foundation delicious. Produce Awards Good Food Matters Scholarship was awarded to Burrawong Gaian Poultry and may be used for educational travel, ‘staging’ with other practitioners in their field, and the pursuit of relevant educational courses and workshops or similar.

Delicious. editor-in-chief Kerrie McCallum said: “With sustainability on the agenda more than ever right now, we are delighted that the delicious. Produce Awards serve to shine a light on trailblazing producers and artisans who are finding innovative ways to grow and raise not only some of the consistently best-tasting produce, but produce that is both seasonal and sustainable. Congratulations to all our winners and gold medallists.”

Now in its thirteenth year, the delicious. Produce Awards continue to champion the best Australian produce and the people behind it, thanks to a passionate network of food industry experts who nominate outstanding produce and producers from all over Australia, and the insight of our National Judging Panel (pictured below, from left: Shannon Bennett, Matt Moran, Andrew McConnell, Maggie Beer, Peter Gilmore, Christine Manfield, Colin Fassnidge, Alla Wolf-Tasker and Ashley Palmer-Watts [fellow National Judge Guillaume Brahimi was unable to attend the judges’ group photoshoot]) and critics panel.

Delicious. Produce Awards Ambassador and National Judge Matt Moran said: “It is always a privilege and honour to be a part of the delicious. Produce Awards National Judging Panel. Every year we are blown away by the standard of produce being grown and raised around this bountiful country that really lays the foundation for our world-class food industry. This year, it was wonderful to see some innovative new winners together with some of the most consistently year-on-year extraordinary produce, like, of course, our worthy Producer of the Year, Holy Goat Cheese.”

The 2018 delicious. Produce Awards VIP event was hosted by delicious. senior editor Matt Preston and guests were treated to an incredible menu of canapés created by the QT Sydney team inspired by 2018 winners’ and gold medallists’ produce, with flowing drinks from Qantas Wine. National Judges and VIP guests stayed at QT Sydney.

Shannon Bennett
Matt Moran, Ambassador
Andrew McConnell
Maggie Beer, Patron
Peter Gilmore
Christine Manfield
Colin Fassnidge
Alla Wolf-Tasker
Ashley Palmer-Watts, International Guest Chef
Guillaume Brahimi (not pictured)

The full list of winners and gold medallists appears in the September issue of delicious. on sale Thursday, August 16 and on

Source: Delicious Magazine

Great Dane Furniture launch

Great Dane, Australia’s leading curator of designer Scandinavian furniture, is opening a new three-storey space in Paddington in July. Located at 344 Oxford Street—Sydney’s fast-growing and bustling luxury homewares precinct—the site will feature a showroom that caters to retail clients, alongside an exclusive trade office for Contract partners to collaborate with in-house experts on interior design concepts and explore exclusive collections only available to industry. This will mark the first time that Great Dane has opened a Contract office exclusively for the Sydney market.

“This is a really exciting moment for our business,” says director Anton Assaad, who founded Great Dane in Prahran back in 2002. “We already offer the industry-only hub in Melbourne —but the addition of an Oxford Street space allows us to create a dedicated Sydney space for the Great Dane Contract arm to grow.

That division is really special to us: it’s a place we can work closely with the interior design, architectural and specifier communities, and offer unique pieces from the brands we exclusively represent beyond the showroom offering.” The space will offer something inimitable for interior designers, whether they are fitting out a small residential project or large-scale commercial venture.

Sally Pottharst & James Watts

Kelvin Ho & David Caon

The new showroom was designed by Great Dane in collaboration with Nicky Lobo, previously the editor of Habitus and a longstanding collaborator with the business. Great Dane chose to work with her on the project due to her ability to convey a story through design – specifically, in this case, capturing the emotion of the forest.

Wood, which obviously plays a huge part in the Great Dane product offering, features prominently, and the space also adopts rich green carpets, encapsulating the tactility and feel of the forest floor. The considered use of materials throughout a deliberately and specifically chosen building extends to the use of specially selected leather on the staircase balustrade and handles; proof that complete consideration has been given to this new showroom. The result is an entirely deliberate environment that provides an experiential element to those inside.

Claire Delmar & Juliette Arent

Stephen Todd, Nicky Lobo & Anton Assaad

Never one to do things by halves, Assaad is simultaneously launching a brand-new offering of leathers and fabrics to upholster their range. The leathers—available on sofas, chairs and ottomans—are produced in partnership with TärnsjöGarveri, the world’s only certified organic tannery, with a near-150-year-old history.

“We’re looking forward to sharing this incredible space—alongside a new leather-focused collection—with new and existing clients, friends and industry insiders alike,” he says. “Our mission has always been to bring inspiring design inside Australian architecture, to create spaces that people can connect with others in, where they can feel at home. I feel lucky we’re still doing that every day.”

Sophie Baker & Melissa Penfold

Sibella Court & Ben Harper

To launch the new Great Dane Showroom the event  theme was ‘A Walk through the Forest’.


On arrival:

Cocktail – Norwegian Forest

Fresh raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, lime, vodka, ginger ale and rosemary spring

 Canapés on Arrival:

Basil panna cotta, whipped goats cheese, verjuice grapes, broccolini on flaxseed
Wagyu bresola with donzella, lemon meyer aioli & fennel pollen
Miso glazed prawn on red rice puff with compressed cucumber & nori

Entrée: Forest Floor

Pan fried scallops with salt baked celeriac, fermented grains, hazelnuts, pickled mushrooms & aonori

Main: Into the Tress…

Smoked maple glazed quail with roasted chestnuts, chestnut cream, roasted cherries, hickory bark charred onions & wood sorrel

Dessert: log/buffet

Black forest cherry & hazelnut profiteroles
Matcha & green tea éclair (with leaf detail)
Chocolate & wattleseed meringue mushroom (mushroom shaped meringue)
Sitting on edible chocolate soil on raised floating slates

Photography by Liam Molloy.

Source: Great Dane