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On 19 March over 1000 venues on five continents will join together for an evening to celebrate France, click here to see which Australian restaurants are taking part

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Lorraine Godsmark

 Mention the words 'date tart' in Sydney and everyone will know exactly what you are referring to - Lorraine Godsmark famous dessert! Learn more about the dessert master, warning cravings for sweets may occur.  

Alex Drobysz

 An exceptional CV which reads of experience at Michelin star restaurants as well as working with famed chefs such as Gordon Ramsey and Daniel Boulud, chef Drobysz brings a high level of culinary pedigree to the restaurant scene in Melbourne  

Andy Ball

 UK born Andy Ball has now returned to the restaurant scene, taking on the head chef position at Civilian Kitchen & Bar, Sydney. Award-winning chef and earning rave reviews in his new role we sat down to learn more about the British chef.  

Recipe of the week


Ian Curley's Pork Parcels

THE MAN BEHIND CITY WINE SHOP AND THE EUROPEAN, IAN CURLEY LENDS ONE OF HIS MOST POPULAR PORK DISHES FOR YOU TO MAKE AT HOME. BRITISH-BORN CHEF CURLEY IS A TRADITIONALIST WHEN IT COMES TO COOKING AND IS KNOWN FOR HIS SIMPLE YET FLAVOURSOME DISHES WHICH HAVE A STRONG EUROPEAN FLAIR. View recipe

Baume & Mercier Sydney Restaurants to watch



The Butler
123 Victoria St Potts Point
On the historic site of the ‘Butlers Restaurant’ there are no guesses as to where the name comes from. Setting this venue apart from others in the hot culinary capital of Potts Point is of course the rooftop element. Hamish Watts and Ben Carroll (Bondi Hardware, SoCal) have delivered this treat for summer with a menu created by Executive Chef James Privett (The Cut) with a mix of French and Caribbean flavours – not sure what that is? Make a reservation to find out.
Dragoncello
466 Cleveland Street Surry Hills
Owner and Head Chef is Roy McVeigh (Berowra Waters Inn, Bathers Pavilion, Bennelong). He describes it as innovative dining that’s “foraged, gardened, curated and fresh.” And he’s not lying with a garden at the bar as well as having access to half an acre in Sydney for growing his produce. Not only does McVeigh have an incredible CV as a chef he has also recently studied chocolate with Kristen Tibballs at Savour, so make sure not to skip on dessert. Foodies will be rushing here no doubt.
ONE6EIGHT
233 Darling Street Balmain sydney
Renowned Chef Leigh McDivitt (3 Weeds) along with his wife Amanda and friends Paul Hargrave and Trish van Tussenbroek have opened ONE6EIGHT. Chef McDivitt first started his career at 17 with the Merivale Group. This is a new venue for ONE6EIGHT & brings an example of fine dining to Balmain. Choices are balanced with 5 entrees, 5 mains, 4 sides and 5 desserts available on the produce and sustainability driven menu. We hear the 'Chef's Playground' should not be missed.

Baume & Mercier Melbourne Restaurants to watch



Bā Charlie
184 High Street Prahran
The team behind Charlie Dumpling opened Bā Charlie near the end of 2014. It’s somewhat of a hidden bar in Prahran, the trick is to enter Charlie Dumpling Jr, look for the circle on the back wall & once you touch it a door will open for you! Very stealth like. Executive Chef is Dylan Roberts who has created the bar snacks menu. Chef Roberts has previously worked as Head Chef for Claremont Tonic, Ezard and sous chef for Cutler & Co.
Shifty Chèvre
375 Brunswick St Fitzroy
The venue was born from the owners love & obsession with cheese! Chefs are Richard Kinghorn-Hooper & Geraud Hagimont. The menu is rich with around 25 local & imported cheeses. Drop in for a croque monsieur on the way to work or enjoy a cheese board mid-afternoon. The team are currently waiting on a liquor license to clear, once approved a great selection of French wines will be available. Make sure to visit the pantry for take-home goodies!
Kuku Mama
105 Chapel Street Windsor
Inspired by the street food & food truck revolution in America, Kuku Mama is a pop-up kitchen creating fusion style dishes. The owner is Paul Kasteel, also owner of Hoo haa bar and Morris Jones & Co. The consulting chef is Matthew Butcher who has worked with Gordon Ramsey, Shannon Bennett & Ryan Clift. The menu is bursting with flavour favourites like 'mac & cheese squares' and 'Jamaican jerk mussels.' These comfort classics are balanced with gluten free & paleo options.