Rick Stein gives us his travel tips and why he fell in love with Aus­tralia

Australian Traveller - - Contents -

As a child, our fam­ily hol­i­days were al­ways to... Corn­wall, 1. to our Art Deco house over­look­ing the At­lantic Ocean over Trevose Head, not far from Padstow where I run The Seafood Restau­rant. Now if I have time for a short break in Aus­tralia, I head 2. straight to… Mollymook with my wife Sas and my step chil­dren Zach and Olivia. Cu­ri­ously to me it’s a mix of the best of Aus­tralian land­scapes and South West Eng­land. Be­ing an avid swim­mer, I am very taken with the white sandy beaches of the South Coast. The first time I was in Aus­tralia in 1967, I was in­spired by… 3.

the long ocean beaches around Syd­ney, the Har­bour Bridge and the still-be­ing-built Opera House, choco­late malted milk­shakes and Aussie burg­ers in milk bars. My favourite Aus­tralian city is… rather ob­vi­ously, Syd­ney. It’s 4. one of the nicest cities to go walk­ing in and we love to do the Spit to Manly and have a beer at the Manly Wharf Ho­tel. My carry-on is usu­ally filled with… as lit­tle carry-on lug­gage 5. as pos­si­ble, some­thing I pride my­self on; just an iPad, book, head­phones, yel­low notebook, yel­low pen and cin­na­mon chew­ing gum. When I’m on the road, I’m lis­ten­ing to… the BBC’s Desert 6. Island Discs; I just fin­ished Barry Humphries. I also just fin­ished a his­tory of Mex­ico au­dio­book be­cause I’m film­ing my lat­est TV se­ries, Rick Stein’s Road to Mex­ico. The last thing I read on hol­i­day was… All the Pretty Horses by 7. Cor­mac McCarthy. I can’t leave home with­out my… bag of wires for my iPhone, 8. iPad, MacBook and iWatch. My favourite Aus­tralian restau­rant is… Long Chim Perth. 9. I set up a restau­rant at Ban­nis­ters, Mollymook be­cause… 10.

my wife Sas, who has been hol­i­day­ing there since she was a teenager, in­tro­duced me to Mollymook and I ended up shar­ing her love for this spe­cial part of the NSW South Coast. What I love most about Aus­tralian food is... its ex­cit­ing 11. mix of cook­ing styles from all over the world, along with the best lo­cal in­gre­di­ents. ban­nis­ters.com.au

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