This 5 star Sydney restaurant is going French for 5 days . .

In honor of Bastille Day, Silvester’s award-winning contemporary restaurant is going French for just five days.

Between the 10th and 14th of July, limited-edition French offerings will be crafted by none other than Michelin Star-experienced Parisian chef, Raphael Szurek. The week will be a tribute to renowned French chef Paul Bocuse, under whom Raphael was trained through his apprenticeship.

Restaurant Manager Jeremy Magan stated “Chef Raphael came up with the idea to pay tribute to Monsieur Paul, and I immediately loved the idea. The Pope of French cuisine sadly passed away in January, and celebrating a chef that has kept three Michelin star in his restaurant for 50 years (and counting), and that inspired, well, basically every single chef in the world, is to me one of the best ways to celebrate Bastille Day…for almost a whole week!”

The exquisite items will form a four to six course French degustation like no other for just $80. Featuring Burgundy snails, foie gras and truffled soups, fish cheeks “meuniere,” crepes suzette and more. The degustation can be paired with one of the over 100 premium, sommelier-picked wines available on the evening.

With Silvester’s open-plan kitchen at the heart of the restaurant, diners will be a heartbeat away from the action – witnessing the French Chef de Cuisine creating culinary art in front of their very eyes.


4 courses – $60; 6 courses – $80


Chicken Liver Pate Mustard, Brioche

Baked Burgundy Snails Garlic & parsley butter


“V.G.E” soup Beef consommé, foie gras, truffle, vegetables “Matignon”

Leather Jacket Fish Cheeks “Meuniere” Kohlrabi, herbs


Slow Cooked Corn Fed Chicken & Morels Macaroni gratin, morels jus

Crepes Suzette Caramel, Grand Marnier


Source: Silvesters

Boss of Exotic Sri Lanka resort, KK hits Australia

KK Collection’s founder and designer, George Cooper has unveiled plans toadd two new suites to Kahanda Kanda resort set to open in time for Sri Lanka’s peak season inNovember 2018.

Like the existing ten suites, the two new suites will reflect a style that is relaxed and inviting yet sophisticated. The additional suites will also feature private plunge pools. Where possible, décor will incorporate the work of local Sri Lankan artists and views of the surrounding jungle and tea estate on which the resort is set just 15kms from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle Fort.


George Cooper, KK Collection founder and designer said, “For me it is attention to detail that makes a hotel special. I believe it is important that when a guest wakes up in the morning that they know where they are, and they need reference points.”

“The rooms at Kahanda Kanda are decorated like a private home. I have used lots of my own personal possessions including porcelain and pictures to furnish the rooms, so that when guests arrive, they do not walk into an antiseptic room. The two new suites will reflect this same philosophy and each will have their own personality and flair whilst being authentic to their exceptional setting.”

George began his career as an interior designer in London, his clients including members of the royal family. In 1999, he travelled to Sri Lanka and happened upon a 10-acre tea estate which was purchased in a hasty decision and became the site of the well regarded Kahanda Kanda resort followed by KK Beach overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Kahanda Kanda is the original of the stylish set located just 15 kilometres from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle Fort in Sri Lanka. Set on a working tea plantation, Kahanda Kanda maintainsthe gentle and timeless ‘country life’ intrinsic to this area.

The resort’s elegant design was born of a collaboration between George and Sri Lanka basedAustralian architect Bruce Fell-Smith. Each of the ten individually designed villas take in breathtaking panoramic views of lush greenery through large glass windows and offer guests all the luxuries of five-star service whilst maintaining a sense of privacy.

Source: KK Collection

$10K Comedy Competition: insurance company serious about laughs

1Cover Travel insurance is running an exciting comedy competition called ‘The One Thing’. There is a huge first prize of $10,000 to the entry deemed ‘funniest’ by an expert comedy panel. Two runners up will receive $1,500 each.

Anyone who fancies themselves a comedian can upload a short video (2 minutes max) on the website answering the question “What’s the one thing you shouldn’t do on your holiday?”

The response can be anything from a one liner, a sketch, some storytelling, a slapstick silent film or even a song. Contestants can enter solo, with a partner, or with a team.

All the entries will be watched and judged by a panel of well-known Australian comedians, including:

• Host of SBS doco “Where are you really from?” Michael Hing
• Hit 107’s Amos Gill
• Today FM’s Ciel Stowe.

The criteria for who should win? Simple: whoever makes them laugh the most. The judges and their responses will be filmed while they watch all the entries, Gogglebox style.

Joining the judging panel of veteran comedians, will be the Managing Director of 1Cover, Eddie Feltham.

Mr Feltham said “the competition is a great opportunity to give aspiring and established comedians an opportunity to show off”.

“We created this event to add a little fun to a typically stale and conservative industry, share some funny stories with our customers, and get people thinking about travel insurance. Plus, we get to watch hundreds of jokes and stories, which is never going to be dull!”

Feltham says he wants people to have fun with the competition, and sees events like this as a way of supporting the comedy industry in Australia.

“I think the Australian comedy scene is amazing and have been a regular at the Comedy Store in Sydney and other comedy venues for 15 years. I have huge admiration for anyone who is prepared to put themselves on stage to perform comedy”.

“Apart from the prize money, this competition is a great platform for amateur and professional comedians to be seen by over a million Australians through our social media platforms. There is no need to go crazy with production values either. We are looking for the biggest laughs, not the biggest budgets”.

Entries to The One Thing Comedy Competition close 31 July, 2018. Find out more at

Armani Junior merges with Emporio Armani

In keeping with its ongoing plan to streamline and reposition its brands, the Armani Group announces that Armani Junior will merge with Emporio Armani from the autumn/winter 2018-2019 collection. This is in line with Emporio Armani’s pioneering concept of being a hub of clothes and accessories for all occasions, intended for a transversal target market that now also includes children.

The junior line changes label but continues to express a contemporary spirit with an eye to the latest trends. The collection now has closer ties with the world of adults, from which it draws inspiration and ideas – as is expressed by the new advertising campaign, created through the lens of Federico Leone: photos of little characters moving naturally against a neutral background, playing with grown-ups’ accessories.

Created in 1982, the children’s line (Armani Junior) offers clothes and accessories for all occasions for children and teenagers: a happy combination of fashion, comfort, quality and natural flair. Today the collection includes a range dedicated to newborns and babies (0 – 36 months), the junior girls’ line (4 – 14 years old) and the junior boys’ line (4 – 16 years old).

Source: Armani

Celebrities wearing CHANEL at the Serpentine Galleries Summer Party in London

The Summer Party took place in the grounds of the Serpentine Gallery to celebrate the Serpentine Pavilion 2018, which has been designed by the award-winning Mexican architect Frida Escobedo.

Following the success of last year’s collaboration between CHANEL and the Serpentine Galleries, which saw the pioneering art institution and iconic fashion house combine creative forces, the partnership has developed for 2018 to create a unique event celebrating free art and free thinking, and honouring the best in art and architecture in the heart of the city.

Leading figures from the worlds of international art, architecture, design, fashion, music, film and business came together to celebrate and raise funds for the Serpentine’s globally acclaimed exhibitions, architecture, education and live programmes.

In line with the creative vision of CHANEL and the Serpentine Galleries, guests experienced a truly immersive party, with live performances from Nile Rodgers and DJ Mimi Xu on a stage created by the acclaimed set designer Es Devlin, who has previously worked with both CHANEL and the Serpentine. Coco’s’ Restaurant offered a seated dining experience on the night, while award-winning interior designer Joyce Wang has created a bespoke ice-cream cart from which gelato had been served.

Guests included:
Christo, Nile Rodgers, Bianca Jagger, Charli XCX, Ciara Wilson, Charlotte Dellal, Ellie Goulding, Edie Campbell, IAMDDB, Es Devlin, Edward Enninful, Andrea Dellal, HRH Princess Eugenie of York, HRH Princess Beatrice of York, Natalie Dormer, Lady Kitty Spencer, Max Irons, Sandy Powell and Laura Jackson.

Source: Chanel