Fab food and a Ferrari

DELICIOUS magazine scored quite the culinary coup as a gang of canaped crusaders gathered to hear who took home their annual Produce Awards.

Also celebrating their 10th anniversary, the VIP foodie event in the new Bennelong restaurant at the Sydney Opera House drew a huge gang of producers and food fans from around the country.

Some of Australia’s most renowned chefs and industry leaders joined the Deliciouscrew at the annual ceremony, the awards designed to celebrate the country’s most outstanding produce and producers, farmers’ markets, innovators, emerging chefs and food regions.

“After 10 years, the Delicious Produce Awards are undoubtedly the most credible and exciting food awards in Australia. We’re proud to support Australia’s incredible stable of producers, bringing them to the attention of industry heavyweights and the Australian public,” said Delicious editor-in-chief Kerrie McCallum.

The Delicious awards continue to champion the best Australian produce and the people behind it, thanks to readers who nominate their local ‘produce’ heroes. The insight of a national judging panel (pictured below and including Matt Moran, Valli Little, Christine Manfield, Alla Wolf-Tasker, Maggie Beer and Shannon Bennett) make up the judging mix.

“Every year I am blown away by the produce presented for judging. I love the constant surprises you get. The Delicious Produce Awards do so much for the Australian food scene, it’s so exciting.” said produce awards patron, Maggie Beer.

This year’s winners are innovating in the area of everyday products — chicken, cheddar and milk — bringing an entirely new dimension to Australian food staples.

Guests were treated to a menu created by chef Peter Gilmore and his new Bennelong team, inspired by produce from this year’s winners and finalists. Yup, it was a foodie paradise.

By the way, the complete story and full list of winners and medallists will appear in the August issue of Delicious.

I’ve got a fast car …

Woo-hoo. I got lucky last weekend and got to drive a very, very, very fast car.

The incredibly trustworthy folk from Ferrari invited me to test run their California T and while I am no bona fide car critic (Jeremy Clarkson, you are safe) man, she is a beautiful beast.

The only sting? You put your foot down and you’re up around 100ks in a matter of seconds and in the stop-start of city streets, soooo frustrating.

That small pace perfection aside, the stares, the glances, the looks you get when you drive a serious show-off car gave me a ridiculously good ego boost. Driving to the Blue Mountains from Sydney made that en-route pit-stop into McDonalds taste that bit nicer.

Meanwhile, the newest in a conga line of very speedy vehicles was unleashed with an A-team event at the Inglis Stables in Sydney, hosted by Ferrari. The new Ferrari 488GTB is a mechanical monster — in the nicest sense of the word.

Fans and followers were treated to a mega soiree to herald the arrival of the latest to Aussie roads. Unfortunately it doesn’t hit our shores until 2017, so save your half a million for now. Or go buy a very small house instead.

And the show goes on at the Helpmann awards

Todd McKenney did a brilliant bob hosting the annual Helpmann Awards — the Aussie ‘Oscars’ of the entertainment, theatre and musical biz.

McKenney, who is also a star of musical theatre and Dancing With the Stars, hosted the awards at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre which drew the cream of the country’s performing arts industry.

Presenters included Cate Blanchett, Danielle Cormack and Marta Dusseldorp — could Cate look any more chic in her Carl Kapp dress? As for Danielle in a killer tux? Total class.

You can read all the Helpmann winners here.

This article was originally posted on news.com.au

Naomi Watts goes from film to fashion

AFTER a very successful collaboration, Aussie fashion brand Sportscraft have announced their continued partnership with iconic Australian actor Naomi Watts, launching a striking Spring campaign.

This season was a family affair, with the campaign shot by Naomi’s photographer brother Ben Watts. The siblings were right at home shooting together; Naomi very much at ease and relaxed with her brother behind the camera.

The campaign captures the exquisite 47-year-old shot beachside, looking bright and fresh in a collection of pieces that celebrate the change of season, and reinforce Sportscraft’s commitment to the quintessential Australian lifestyle.

“It’s great to be back with Sportscraft for the spring summer season. I’ll never forget growing up in Australia by the beach. Shooting this campaign brought up treasured memories and feelings of nostalgia,” says Ms Watts.

Naomi’s family moved to Sydney when she was a teenager and at high school she met Nicole Kidman, with whom she co-starred in Flirting (1991).

Watts’ movie career took off in 2001 with David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive, followed by two The Ring films, 21 Grams (2003), Peter Jackson’s remake of King Kong (2005), Eastern Promises (2007) and The Impossible (2012), for which she received her second Academy Award nomination.

“We’re thrilled to have Naomi back as our ambassador for spring summer. Her timeless style and sophistication perfectly embodies the Sportscraft brand”. Adrian Jones, CEO of APG & Co said.

“I love working with my sister. It’s been a while since I shot with her, so I was really excited to be a part of the team working on an Aussie brand that’s really become an institution,” said Ben Watts.

The new collection focuses on beautiful fabrication, textures and uplifting colour to signify the start of spring with flashes of mandarin that are paired back with freshness in crisp ivory, duck egg and bold Prussian blue.

Design detail, prints and texture play a big role for spring and are shown in delicate pleating, tropical leaf and floral motifs, and soft lightweight knitwear.

Sportscraft Signature showcases sophistication in tailoring, tied together with clean nautical lines including statement crop jackets which are worn easily over a bright twist front dress or delicate drapefront shirts.

The spring summer season will conclude a historical year for the 101-year-old Sportscraft brand as it zooms into century two, continuing to celebrate Australians and our unique way of life.

This article was originally posted on news.com.au

A new venture for model mum Megan Gale

TARGET has announced its newest ‘Designers for Target’ collaboration with Australian model Megan Gale, launching an exclusive range of homewares.

With the ‘designer’ series from the affordable store one of their most successful activations, there’s no doubt Megan’s range will prove popular.

Designing homewares was something Megan wanted to explore for many years and she

is thrilled to have reached a new period in her life where she can focus on projects outside of her career in the fashion, beauty and entertainment industries — as well as her greatest joy, motherhood.

With designs inspired by some of the world’s most picturesque cities, the collection combines sophisticated and luxurious styling with exceptional quality and attention to detail.

“I have always seen home interiors as an extension of personal style — and creating my own homewares range has been something I have wanted to explore for some time,” says Megan.

“I have taken inspiration from my travels to beautiful destinations such as Santorini, Paris, London and New York.

“I feel incredibly fortunate to have been able to experience these cities with my work. I have always loved decor and the designs of various hotels that I have stayed in — they are places that I have grown to love.”

With pieces priced from $35, the collection includes luxurious 100 per cent cotton quilt cover sets, detailed sheets and a selection of beautiful accent pieces including intricately detailed cushions, plush throws and towels.

“Comfortable, quality fabrications and attention to detail are all key signatures of my collection.

It’s essential for me that my range is accessible for everyone while offering something special, in both quality and design,” Megan says.

“Our homes are our sanctuaries, they are where we can unwind and be ourselves. It’s important for me to take the time, effort and energy to create a beautiful atmosphere and I want this collection to allow people to do that for themselves.”

Stuart Machin, managing directors of Target Australia said he was thrilled to welcome Megan Gale to the Target family.

“Megan is not only an international star but now an Aussie mum who oozes fashion and style.

“We’re thrilled Megan has chosen to partner with us for the next phase of her creative career,’’ he said.

“As you’ll see from her range, Megan has a keen eye for design — and we always look for Australian talent.”

Megan Gale’s exclusive homewares collection ‘MG AUSTRALIA’ will be available online at target.com.au and in 100 Target stores across Australia from September 10.

This article was originally posted on news.com.au

James Bond – Spectre - new trailer just released

A new trailer for SPECTRE, the 24th James Bond adventure, has been released today. A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE.

Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot.

As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christoph Waltz.

SPECTRE will release in Australia on November 12.

Only in Australia would there be a Festival of the Oyster. Fun soirée!

Sydney’s favourite oyster festival returns to The Morrison Bar and Oyster Room this August

The Morrison Bar and Oyster Room held everyone’s favourite annual Oyster Festival launch event, in preparation for the official start on 1st August.

Internationally awarded Executive Chef Sean Connolly worked with The Morrison to host a line-up of exciting activities and an enticing feast, as a teaser for what’s to come throughout the festival in August.

Throughout the evening, guests were educated on the best way to shuck oysters, and were given the opportunity to taste the various types, while sipping on Chandon champagne, oyster cocktails and different kinds of Scotch whisky, with whisky ambassador Sean Baxter.

Located conveniently in Sydney’s CBD, The Morrison Bar and Oyster Room is already renowned for its seasonally fresh shucked-to-order oyster menu, managed by Executive Chef Sean Connolly.

Yet, The Morrison’s oyster passion becomes an obsession in August, which is all about celebrating Australia’s best oyster producers and showcasing an array of these delicacies that are impossible to resist.

“Every year is a success at The Morrison Oyster Festival, and this year we are excited to introduce a new variety of events, activities and masterclasses to suit all Sydney-siders”, says Executive Chef Sean Connolly.

There will be over 20 types of oysters on display throughout the festival from across the country, including the most prolifically grown Pacific oyster, the Sydney Rock oyster and uniquely giant Jurassic oyster, just to name a few. All oysters will be delivered from the grower’s daily; to ensure both the freshness and taste are flawless for each individual one.

The Morrison Oyster festival will run from Saturday 1st August – Monday 31st August 2015.

For more information or to book, visit www.themorrison.com.au

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