Ed’s let­ter

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WHO ARE THE REIGN­ING

WIZARDS OF AUS? Where are the coun­try’s top eats, re­gions, get­aways and, of course, where is the top pro­duce? Cer­tainly, the

de­li­cious. Pro­duce Awards, in part­ner­ship with Miele, bring the coun­try’s bounty to the fore. Our an­nual round-up of Aus­tralia’s best homegrown tal­ent is a year-long cam­paign and is, quite sim­ply, a priv­i­lege to be part of, both for the de­li­cious. team and our 47-strong state and na­tional judg­ing panel. You can read about the re­sults on page 21, and sup­port lo­cal pro­duce you love by us­ing the hash­tag #pro­duceawards when you post. It’s never been more im­por­tant to un­der­stand the story be­hind what’s on your plate, and I know the coun­try’s pro­duc­ers would love your en­cour­age­ment.

When it comes to recipes, Matt Wil­lkin­son’s up­date on the Aussie pie on page 66 seemed a no-brainer, par­tic­u­larly given the open­ing of his new The Pie Shop in Mel­bourne. An­other pi­o­neer in our hos­pi­tal­ity busi­ness is Ronni Khan, who has taken OzHar­vest from a food res­cue ser­vice with one van to a global gi­ant (and 32 vans that have de­liv­ered 66 mil­lion meals), all while trans­form­ing the way we think about food waste. She has quite rightly put this topic on the na­tional agenda. With the news she was open­ing the coun­try’s first ‘waste’-driven food mar­ket, we in­vited some of her col­lab­o­rat­ing chefs to share their ideas of a no-waste din­ner on page 74. When we think about pi­o­neers, de­li­cious. con­tribut­ing food ed­i­tor Valli Lit­tle is one of note. It is with sad­ness and fond­ness this month that we re­mem­ber Valli, who passed away in July. We sa­lute her in­cred­i­ble con­tri­bu­tion on page 16. Our Pro­duce Awards am­bas­sador Matt Mo­ran is one of many chefs who help us cel­e­brate Valli’s con­tri­bu­tion to Aus­tralia’s food land­scape. As he re­mem­bers sup­ply­ing her Syd­ney deli with cakes, it’s apt that his recipes this month (p 120) cover no-bake ver­sions of clas­sic Aussie desserts.

My aunty and her hus­band have lived on an or­chard in Stanthorpe in Queens­land for many years, so I en­joyed the read on neigh­bour­ing city Toowoomba on page 146 – a stomp­ing ground of my child­hood. Like many re­gional cities, it is un­der­go­ing a food re­nais­sance. We con­sider it our mis­sion to leave no stone left un­turned, so you’ll find a run­down of more hotspots of note in our Es­cape sec­tion from page 129. As we like to say at de­li­cious., Ad­vance Aus­tralia Fare!

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