When Annabel Crabb arrived at Gourmet
Traveller this month our baking issue had only been on sale for two days, but as a dedicated subscriber, she had already cooked the luxurious apple-caramel pudding from the cover. The result, as she later posted on social media, was an enormous success.
Annabel was in the office for a photo shoot and interview (page 34) but as a long-time reader and hard-nosed journalist, the first questions were for us. “What exactly are you planning to change about Gourmet Traveller?” she asked. “Give it to me straight – what’s happening with Fare Exchange?” Making changes to a magazine like
Gourmet Traveller is significant, and it’s been almost five years since we’ve had a thorough refresh. We haven’t gone the full Marie Kondo, though, and all of your favourite contributors are still here: Emma Knowles, Pat Nourse, Kendall Hill and Max Allen among them. As are the pages dedicated to seriously tasty food and luxury travel. Fare Exchange, as we promised Annabel, is still present and accounted for (albeit as a more compact version on page 186). Consider it more of an evolution than a revolution.
What we hope we’ve achieved is a finesse of the things you love most about the magazine, and the introduction of some new pages, sections and voices that you’ll look forward to reading each month.
One thing that will never change is our commitment to finding the best restaurants in Australia. Congratulations to our new Restaurant of the Year Orana, and to all the worthy winners, revealed on page 94.
Enjoy the new-look Gourmet Traveller,