THE SERVE

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Indulgence -

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.

rowemi@theaus­tralian.com.au

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