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a very fruitful visit to the Henschke winery
2012 Electrolux Appetite for Excellence young waiter winner James Audas, young waiter runner up Alexander Tuckett and young chef winner Stewart Wesson took some time out to visit Henscke Wines. Visiting the beautiful vineyards in the Adelaide Hills & Barossa Valley to learn about the rich and diverse story behind the vines, bio-organics & the secrets behind what makes Henschke Wine as profound as its 140 year history. In their own words read the first hand account of their experience.
Fonseca Cocktail Recipe
For a refreshing drink that will lift your tastebuds, whip up a Fonseca cocktail courtesy of 2012 Young Waiter National Finalist Christopher Rose.
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Asia's 50 Best Restaurants Announced 2013
Singapore is a city known for its food. And the local Singaporeans are not shy in coming forward to provide their opinions about where the best food is or what is the best dish to eat in Singapore. We often get great tips from taxi drivers, bar tenders and people listening in on our conversations of where to eat who like to put forward some suggestions. There is something for everyone in Singapore- from hawker centres; Malay, Chinese, Indian, Nonya restaurants to fine dining establishments such as Jaan ("The one to watch" at Asia's 50 Best Restaurants) and Iggy's (ranked 26 on the World's 50 Best Restaurants and 9 on Asia's 50 Best Restaurants).
So it is easy to understand why it was the perfect place to hold the inaugral Asia's 50 Best Restaurants awards. Many of the food styles represented in Singapore are also from the regions that are included in the awards.* I was very fortunate to be invited to the event as a guest of Sanpellegrino and Acqua Panna to experience the prize that the Australian Young Restaurateur 2013 winner will receive. Also in attendance was Soren Lascelles - our Australian Young Chef 2010 winner, reknowned Australian chefs, restaurateurs and mentors David Thomspon - our Guest of Honour 2009 and Tetsuya.
Soren and I arrived to an array of wonderful food, drinks and guests from around Asia to converse with. Apart from meeting some talented chefs during the night, a particular highlight was seeing David Thompson and Tetsuya, especially as they are such icons whose contribution to the Australian hospitality industry has been significant to say the least. Both of these chefs, their restaurants and their teams were recognised last night when Tetsuya's Waku Ghin was announced eleventh and David Thompson's restaurant 'Nahm' was announced as third best restaurant and best restaurant in Thailand to huge cheers from the audience.
Overall it has been a wonderful few days at the chefs masterclasses with a fantastic event last night to complete the experience. The genuine wamth that the chefs and industry audience had for all of those receiving awards displayed the strong sense of community that exists regardless of country. Better yet, there is now a great dining guide for when travelling all through Asia and it is sure to get bigger and better next year. To see the list, see below;
*Asia's 50 Best Restaurants covers Bangladesh, Burma/Myanmar, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Maldives, Micronesia, Nauru, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam and is assessed by an academy of judges who are also part of the World's 50 Best Restaurants.
For more information about the awards, click here
2010 Australian young chef winner Sorren Lascelles, Appetitite for excellence project director Phee Gardner & Alasdair France GM of Salt Grill at Asia's 50 Best last night.
1st Narisawa, Japan
2nd Nihonryori Ryugin, Japan
3rd Nahm, Thailand
4th Amber, Hong Kong, China
5th Restaurant Andre, Singapore
6th 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong, China
7th Mr & Mrs Bund, China
8th Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, China
9th Iggy’s , Singapore
10th Gaggan, Thailand
11th Waku Ghin, Singapore
12th Caprice, Hong Kong, China
13th Lung King Heen, Hong Kong, China
14th Les Amis, Singapore
15th Bo Innovation, Hong Kong, China
16th Quintessence, Japan
17th Dum Pukht, India
18th The Chairman , China
19th Eat Me, Thailand
20th Wasabi by Morimoto, India
21st Hajime , Japan
22nd Jaan , Singapore
23rd L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Hong Kong, China
24th L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon , Singapore
25th 28 HuBin Road, China
26th Bukhara, India
27th Sushi Mizutani , Japan
28th Indigo, India
29th Sra Bua By Kiin Kiin, Thailand
30th Varq, India
31st Takazawa, Japan
32nd Shinji by Kanesaka, Singapore
33rd Kahala, Japan
34th Franck, China
35th Osteria Mozza, Singapore
36th Bo.lan, Thailand
37th Robuchon au Dôme, China
38th Nihonbashi , Sri Lanka
39th Sushi Saito, Japan
40th FU1015, China
41st Indian Accent, India
42nd Ishikawa, Japan
43rd Gunther’s, Singapore
44th Karavalli, India
45th Jade on 36, China
46th Yardbird, Hong Kong, China
47th Don’s, Vietnam
48th Fook Lam Moon, Hong Kong, China
49th Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck, Singapore
50th Mozaic, Bali
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