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Airbnb plans to rev­o­lu­tionise the way we taste the world.

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The lat­est from the food scene.

A feller from Leeds who came to fame cook­ing French food and a South African bloke whose restau­rant is in Ade­laide make for an in­ter­est­ing choice to kick off a cam­paign pro­mot­ing Syd­ney’s food scene. But Marco Pierre White and Africola’s Dun­can Wel­ge­moed none­the­less proved more than equal to the task of launch­ing what Airbnb calls the big­gest an­nounce­ment in its his­tory.

Hav­ing dis­rupted the ac­com­mo­da­tion land­scape, Airbnb is set­ting its sights on food. But not restau­rants. In­stead, the Flavours of Home pro­gram, part of Airbnb Ex­pe­ri­ences, which is now of­fered in Syd­ney, along with Florence, Paris, Tokyo, New York and many other cities, helps trav­ellers dive into a city’s unique food cul­ture with the help of lo­cals. White is all for it. “The most mem­o­rable travel ex­pe­ri­ences are when I can im­merse my­self in lo­cal food cul­ture and dis­cover the hid­den gems of dis­tinc­tive cuisines,” he says.

Vietnamese restau­ra­teur Angie Hong, of Thanh Binh restau­rant, now opens her Syd­ney home for Mon­day Hong Din­ners. Guests pre­pare and sit down to a three-course meal with Hong and her fam­ily. Other food-fo­cused ex­pe­ri­ences in­clude a be­hind-the-scenes visit to Rock­pool Bar & Grill, tours of the city’s hid­den bars and cof­fee shops, and for­ag­ing for na­tive herbs. These join more than 1,800 Airbnb ex­pe­ri­ences in 29 other cities. “Not ev­ery­one has the chance to share their home,” says Sam McDon­agh, Airbnb coun­try man­ager for Aus­tralia and New Zealand, “but they can still share the city they live in.” airbnb.com.au

EDITED BY MAG­GIE SCARDIFIELD

STAY­ING POWER

Chefs Marco Pierre White (left) and Dun­can Wel­ge­moed at the Flavours of Home launch in Syd­ney.

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