Gourmet Traveller (Australia) - - Oct - @SARAHALICEOAKES

This is­sue is ded­i­cated to eat­ing and drink­ing in the great out­doors: pack­ing up your

Esky, pic­nic bas­ket or back­pack with the best bread, cheese and booze you can ac­cess and savour­ing that glo­ri­ous spring­time com­bi­na­tion of ex­cel­lent pro­duce and abun­dant sun­shine.

But be­fore we get stuck into that, I want to take you down a curved and mood­ily lit set of stairs to a base­ment in Syd­ney’s CBD. I’m talk­ing about Restau­rant Hu­bert, where last month we cel­e­brated the launch of our an­nual Restau­rant Guide and the an­nounce­ment of this year’s Restau­rant Awards.

It was a night of ju­bi­lant cel­e­bra­tion, rau­cous ca­ma­raderie and abun­dant Ne­gro­nis as we an­nounced Quay as our Restau­rant of the Year and Josh Ni­land as our Chef of the Year among a suite of other cat­e­gories. The full re­cap of the night’s many high­lights is on page 56.

Back at ground level and read­just­ing to nat­u­ral light, in this is­sue we take a look the rev­o­lu­tion­ary ve­gan food that’s be­ing turned out at Mel­bourne restau­rant Smith & Daugh­ters by Shan­non Martinez and Mo Wyse (page 74), we dis­cover what it takes to be a cheesemaker with Kris Lloyd (page 82), we’ve got all your al­fresco eat­ing and drink­ing needs cov­ered from page

89, plus we asked some of our favourite chefs and pro­duc­ers to pack us their ul­ti­mate pic­nic bas­ket on page 68.

Pop this is­sue of Gourmet Trav­eller in your ham­per and head out­side,

From left: Gourmet Trav­eller ed­i­tor Sarah Oakes; Restau­rant of the Year win­ners John Fink, Jeremy Cour­ma­dias and Leon Fink of The Fink Group, and Quay chef Peter Gil­more.

Above: Chef of the Year, Josh Ni­land of Saint Peter; Rolando Schi­rato from pre­sent­ing part­ner, Vit­to­ria Cof­fee, ac­cepts a plate from Sarah Oakes and Pat Nourse cel­e­brat­ing 60 years of Vit­to­ria Cof­fee.

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