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Rude Boy Burger in Brunswick West

Rude Boy Burger in Brunswick West

Rude Boy Burger is a vibrant and top notch burger joint couched in the burbs in Brunswick West, owned by wife and husband team Karen Ascui-Rodriguez and Franco Caruso, (also a history with cafe Lolo & Wren next door). We've visited many burger joints over the years but some stand out for their innovation and ability to understand the scene and give burger lovers what they want. Rude Boy Burger is not driven by some formula but is a hands on burger house with burgers made with love, constantly evolving and the owners exploring new tastes and combinations. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to experience the burgers, shakes, fries and joy of Rude Boy Burger.

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Good Beer Week 2018 Set To Be Massive

Good Beer Week 2018 Set To Be Massive

Good Beer Week launches from 11-20 May so it's time to get on board! Not just for foodies and beer connoisseurs, Good Beer Week has ensured there’s action aplenty with their Good Times stream. Marrying local and international brewers with live music and activities, these fun-loving events are perfect for a night out with your mates. This is one of the highlights of the year for The World Loves Melbourne.

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Zac Nicholson Shines at Angliss Great Chefs Lunch

Zac Nicholson Shines at Angliss Great Chefs Lunch

Rockpool Head Chef Zac Nicholson was on hand at an epic Great Chefs Series lunch at Angliss Restaurant to impart his skills to the talented Angliss students. Great Chefs lunches are a popular event at Angliss Restaurant and give the hospitality students an opportunity to work with several top chefs of Melbourne. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to experience the efforts of Zac as well as the Angliss student team.

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Epic Bomba and Bibi Ji NYC Dinner

Epic Bomba and Bibi Ji NYC Dinner

One of the highlights of the culinary year for us was the exciting collaboration with Jessi Singh & Rajat Parr of Babu Ji and Bibi Ji in New York City & Santa Barbara popping up in the kitchen of Melbourne’s Bomba restaurant for a one night only event!

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Flavours of the West: A Spice Journey at Highpoint

Flavours of the West: A Spice Journey at Highpoint

Highpoint Shopping Centre has once again partnered with not-for-profit social enterprise Free to Feed to deliver the second instalment of its food event series, Flavours of the West: A Spice Journey.

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Cumulus Up City Cellar Door

Cumulus Up City Cellar Door

Cumulus Up Wine Bar is bringing Australia’s wine regions to Melbourne’s CBD with monthly pop-up tasting parties Wine lovers, have your diaries at the ready. Cumulus Up Wine Bar on Flinders Lane in Melbourne, is inviting you to join them in sampling some of Australia’s most exciting and interesting varietals and vintages. The City Cellar Door season runs from April to October 2018. One Saturday each month will see Cumulus Up Wine Bar brimming with winemakers and wine tasters.

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Best Bespoke Victorian Winery Experiences

Best Bespoke Victorian Winery Experiences

Many wine enthusiasts and foodies are looking for bespoke winery experiences for that leisure weekend option. We've picked out some of our best bespoke Victorian winery experiences.

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Cutler & Co. Restaurant A Melbourne Icon

Cutler & Co. Restaurant A Melbourne Icon

Cutler & Co is one of the premier dining experiences in Melbourne with its chic vibe, top notch service, food and wine excellence and ability to stay on top of its game. With a major renovation last year it has only added to the iconic experience it has always been. The World Loves Melbourne was privileged to visit with friends for dinner.

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Exclusive La Sirène Two Penny Farmhouse Ale at Dinner By Heston Blumenthal

Exclusive La Sirène Two Penny Farmhouse Ale at Dinner By Heston Blumenthal

The Dinner team has joined forces with Melbourne microbrewery La Sirène to produce Two Penny, an exclusive Farmhouse Ale that marries old-world British flavours with Australian methods. This is an exciting development in the beer world and for The World Loves Melbourne who rates La Sirène as one of its favourite microbrewers and a local favourite of distinction.

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Lunch at Messer Restaurant in Fitzroy

Lunch at Messer Restaurant in Fitzroy

Messer restaurant has launched in Gertrude St Fitzroy as a unique offering in terms of Melbourne dining, with The World Loves Melbourne catching up with co-owner and chef Ashley Davis. Fine dining at affordable prices is a hot topic and Ashley Davis delivers in spades. He draws inspiration from his trips to Europe and in particular Spain. The concept of a restaurant for the people resonates; you can come for a simple grazing experience with house wine or go big with an 8 course degustation, the choice is yours!

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Yarra Valley Meets Sagra with Innocent Bystander

Yarra Valley Meets Sagra with Innocent Bystander

Yarra Valley Meets Sagra was a top notch event for Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. Innocent Bystander created a unique experience with Circus Oz, Yarra Valley Dairy, and Four Pillars Gin, all on the Sagra's restaurant rooftop for an amazing night.

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Farming Feast With Matthew Evans for MFWF

Farming Feast With Matthew Evans for MFWF

Angliss Restaurant was the perfect venue for an exciting Farming Feast event for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. Fat Pig Farm owner and chef Matthew Evans and his wife Sadie shared their experience of setting up the Fat Pig Farm within a small farming community. They also hosted a farming feast at Angliss Restaurant with a shared plate dinner for an epic evening.

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Food

Noosa International Food and Wine Festival and Cooking Winner Announced

noosa intl food and wine launch

The Noosa International Food and Wine Festival 2014 is proud to announce the winner of the Victoria state final of the festival’s hottest new competition, the Qantas Presents ‘Australia’s Best Home Cooked Dish Competition’.

Sofia Christopoulos from Mill Park has been awarded the Victorian State Winner title with her Greek Kebabs with Feta in foil and Tiganopsoma, and is now on her way, as one of the six to compete, to the national Grand Final and the chance to ‘rub shoulders’ with top chefs at Australia’s premier food, wine and lifestyle event in Noosa, Queensland, May 15-18.

Mrs Christopoulos said she eats, breathes, and sleeps thinking about cooking and always finds an excuse to invite friends and family over to try a new creation. “After all, a great meal should always be shared with great company,” Mrs Christopoulos said.

“I’m absolutely gobsmacked; I can’t wait to inspire other people to cook and to represent Victoria at the Grand Final in May,” she said.

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The competition was very close with runner-up places going to Sarah Lewis of Strathdale (Harissa Lamb & Quinoa Salad) and Kate El Idrissi of Reservoir (Berber Pizza) , both doing a fabulous job with their home cooked dishes.

The World Loves Melbourne's Samantha and Sidonia attended the luncheon at Union Dining in Melbourne. We were highly impressed at the evolution of this Festival over 11 years. It's intriguing that the iconic spaces of Noosa are being used to showcase Australia and host iconic culinary events. They even have food trails through the hinterland and events on the beach.

We are now cheering Sofia as she competes in the national competition!

Since the competition launch in September 2013, the Festival has been inundated with aspiring chefs’ entries and recipes to go in the running for the substantial $23,000 grand prize package which includes a trip for two to London, $5000 cash from Westpac, Kitchenaid and ILVE appliances, Mary Ryan’s $2000 cookbook voucher, and the honour of taking out Qantas PresentsAustralia’s Best Home Cook Dish 2014’.

More than 18 home cooks will battle it out in across Australia in the state finals held at ILVE showrooms this February. The Grand Final of the competition will take place on Sunday 18th May 2014, at the Noosa International Food and Wine Festival, where the competitors will cook alongside top chefs and festival attendees and will be judged by a panel of the leading chefs, Jim Berardo, Festival Director and representatives from competition sponsors taste.com.au and Qantas.

The Festival’s Executive Chef, Tim Montgomery, said the standard of entries is truly impressive. “The standard of home cooking in Australia is clearly very high; local produce is often featured and recipes that showcase our multicultural society, new interest in healthy, tasty dishes served at home and an increased sophistication in our collective national palate,” said Mr Montgomery.

Festival Director, Jim Berardo, was thrilled at the response to the competition.  Jim believes that the interest and involvement of people from all corners of the country in the competition is indicative of how important all regions are to the collective culinary scene in Australia.  “We think this adds an exciting new dimension to the Festival and the chance to go to the heart of cooking; the home kitchen and highlight the best dishes being produced there by home cooks. We are excited to use our Festival as the platform to showcase the incredible talent and love of food that exists here in Australia,” Mr Berardo said.

Competition sponsor, Westpac’s Queensland State General Manager Retail and Business Banking, Michael Wright endorses the competition, confirming that Westpac has been helping Australians fulfil their dreams, for over 196 years, from internationally renowned chefs to budding home cooks. “This is a great opportunity for ordinary people to do something extraordinary and we are excited to be a part of the Australia’s Best Home Cook Dish competition in its inaugural year,” Mr Wright said.

Tickets are now on sale for the Noosa International Food & Wine Festival from May 15 – 18. Visit www.noosafoodandwine.com.au 

This year’s Noosa International Food & Wine Festival, again directed by founder Jim Berado, will host over 250 chefs, foodies and wine makers including International names Franck-Elie Laloum (Shanghai), Alvin Leung (Hong Kong), Bruno Loubet (London), Neil Perry AM (Sydney), Julien Royer (Singapore) and David Thompson (Bangkok). 

Australia’s own Shane Delia, Guy Grossi, Peter Kuruvita, Andrew McConnell, Giovanni Pilu, Brent Savage and Ryan Squires will also join the line up under the Festival’s new Executive Chef Timothy Montgomery.  Expect Iconic wine industry names Aaron Brasher, Peter Forrestal, Ken Gargett, Tony Harper, Tony Love, Bernadette O’Shea, Peter Scudamore-Smith MW and Tyson Steltzer to also feature in the 2014 program. 

Highlights of the 2014 Festival include an opening ‘Foodie Fandango’ concert with the Queensland Virtuosi orchestra, a Sixties Beach Party on Noosa Main Beach with a retro BBQ, not one but two Qantas Seafood Feasts with Neil Perry, a Westpac Platinum Lounge, premier degustation dinners and the festival favourites – the hinterland food trails and the Noosa National Park concert series.. 

Ticketing packages start from $40 to Weekend Gold Passes for $330. Visit the website for more details. Buy tickets before April 1 and receive a 10% discount on most events for the 2014 line up that will, according to Jim Berardo, “strip away some of the formality and be one big party.”

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