Winning hearts, minds and stomachs
FOOD and travel go hand in hand, and this week we bring you our special Food Issue, with stories on the world’s hottest dining spots, culinary movers and shakers, and international insider secrets. There’s much to talk about on the domestic front, too — we hope you’ll enjoy our guide to the country’s best restaurants with rooms, from the award-winning Provenance Restaurant & Accommodation in Victoria’s Beechworth to Tasmania’s glamorous Saffire Freycinet.
Given its multicultural mix, outstanding natural beauty and temperate climate, Australia is the perfect gourmet destination and is attracting an increasing number of the leading international chefs to its worldclass food events. This month’s Crave Sydney International Food Festival has a stellar line-up of activities across NSW, as well as high-profile global food identities, including Jason Atherton, Massimo Bottura and Jordi Roca, appearing alongside our local talent. WA’s Margaret River Gourmet Escape, meanwhile, will launch with a bang, not a whimper, next month, having signed Brazilian star Alex Atala (see page 11), Rene Redzepi, Heston Blumenthal and Sat Bains.
With domestic tourism suffering, these popular gourmet events give us a shot in the arm and the international culinary community a chance to check out the best of Australia’s restaurants and producers and return home to spread the word. The way to visitors’ hearts, it’s to be hoped, is through their stomachs. Susan Kurosawa is on assignment.