STRAIGHT from the bleeding obvious files: four in five footy fans choose fatty convenience foods over fruit and vegies while watching their team play, according to a survey by Australian Avocados. Meanwhile, a study by Max Brenner has found Australians prefer chocolate to Vegemite
Detective is bemused by the name of the rooftop restaurant at Shanghai’s newly refurbished Peace Hotel. Shook! doesn’t exactly inspire confidence as one tucks into one’s snow-white dancing prawns while perched so high above terra firma. promises equally exotic goingson, with Peruvian Gaston Acurio joining the World Chef Showcase line-up on October 1 and 2.
Acurio, who has 28 restaurants around the globe and is about to open his 29th, in New York, will also host a dinner with fellow Peruvian Diego Munoz at Bilson’s on October 4. ‘‘The clincher was getting a number of key ingredients, including Peruvian yellow chillies, unusual potato varieties and a Peruvian herb called huacatay,’’ says festival director Joanna Savill. ‘‘Local Peruvian chef Alejandro Saravia, who will open his own restaurant, Morena, in Surry Hills in September, came to the rescue with his secret source of the herb; the location is undisclosed but he calls it his secret Andean garden.’’
Detective understands huacatay resembles another leafy plant better known for its recreational properties, and hopes there will be no raids by overzealous constabulary during what promises to be a thoroughly intoxicating dinner. More: cravesydney.com/ worldchefshowcase.