Electrolux Australian Young Chef state finalists announced

Firstly, we would like to acknowledge every chef who entered this year, followed by those that came to Sydney to cook and meet our judges over the last two days. It was an absolute pleasure to meet the finalists – all of whom have a wonderful outlook, are individually talented and passionately committed to their […]

culinary talent announced for 2016

After a month of deliberations, we are excited to announce the results. The selected young culinary talent have had their applications reviewed and now face a series of skills testing and interviews with the judges; Christine Manfield, Peter Gilmore, Luke Mangan, Danielle Gjestland, David Pynt, Lisa van Haandel, Guy Grossi to name but a few […]

Bianca Welsh – eat & drink insider knowledge

See where else to eat & drink around the country: ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA Bianca Welsh is our joint Young Restaurateur of 2015 and is co-owner of Stillwater Restaurant and Black Cow Bistro  in Launceston. Here she shares her favourite go to places in her home state of Tassie!


After a month of reviewing the young, up & coming culinary talent across Australia, we can reveal the results.  These young restaurateurs, waiters & chefs national finalists have a series of interviews & skills testing with some of Australia’s hospitality heavyweights. Judges such as Christine Manfield, Danielle Gjestland, David Thompson, Duncan Welgemoed, James Viles, Luke Mangan, Mark […]

Stoney Rise – not your average winemaker

Written by Lilani Goonesena. It’s not every day that you get to pass an afternoon with one of Australia’s top winemakers. And to drink his wine, have a laugh and grill him on why it’s so damn good. But that was our lot on the third day of our Electrolux Appetite for Excellence produce tour […]

Relaxed cows…the key to great cheddar

Written by Lilani Goonesena. Tucked away in the hills of northeast Tasmania is a little village called Pyengana, population 123. And quietly making its mark on the Australian dairy industry is the Pyengana Dairy Company. They produce traditional, cloth-bound cheddar – and have done so the exact same way for over a hundred years. “We […]

Innovation, the art to great wine

Written by Lilani Goonesena. The Tamar Valley north of Launceston is yet another beautiful part of Tasmania. Brilliant blue skies and neat rows of curled brown stalks on rolling green hills stretch in every direction. The Tamar is known for its cool climate Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and sparkling wines. And one of its flagship producers […]

Chloe Proud – eat & drink insider knowledge

Chloe Proud is one of our past Australian young restaurateur finalists and owner/operator of in Hobart. Here Chloe is kind enough to tell us all about her favourite places to go in and around Hobart.

Say cheese – a vertical cheesing tasting with Ueli Berger

Written by Lilani Goonesena. Imagine tasting the same cheese side by side, just at different stages in its life. That’s what we were treated to – a ‘vertical’ cheese tasting with King Island Dairy’s head cheesemaker, Ueli Berger. He brought five cheeses from King Island Dairy and Tasmanian Heritage, each at different maturation stages so […]