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Happy New Year! Welcome to 2024.

From the Editor, Leigh O’Connor. 

It’s a brand-new year filled with hope, love, laughter and good times! Happy New Year and welcome to 2024.

We are very excited as a new year signals a new AGFG Chef Hat announcement…get ready for Wednesday, January 17 when we will reveal which restaurants around the country received a well-deserved Chef Hat this year. 
Happy New Year! Welcome to 2024.

With new experiences around every corner, Sydney is a favourite holiday destination for many of us. From the Harbour Bridge to the Opera House and everything in between, Aussies are in love with this water city where you can hop on a ferry at Circular Quay to appreciate the beauty of one of the world’s great harbours.

It is also a foodies’ heaven with a plethora of fine dining restaurants just waiting to be discovered – we tell you six Chef-hatted dining destinations worth a trip to NSW for those heading off on vacation.

Find out about Newtown’s newest plant-based eatery, don Fred as Marie-Antoinette Issa chats to Chef, co-founder and King of the kitchen Lorenzo Petrachi about his journey into the culinary world and what you can expect on the menu at this Italian restaurant. Hailing from Northern Italy, his inspiration comes from his self-made Chef parents, who instilled in him a passion for simple ingredients and delicious flavours at a young age.

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2024.
Check out our recipe for the ultimate Summer drink straight from the Kingdom of Tonga – otai. Among the culinary treasures that define Tongan food, otai stands out as a refreshing and beloved drink; but it is more than just a beverage, it is a celebration of tropical flavours, community and the vibrant spirit of this island nation.

Dive into our collection of irresistible degustation dining destinations where everything from Japanese omakase to fine dining surrounded by elegance in the rolling hills of South Gippsland at Avonleigh Farm Fine Food awaits; plus Belinda Seeney, Aruga Director of Content, tells us why Brisbane’s food scene is setting a new benchmark for culinary excellence. 

Discover tempura delights at five restaurants around the country in celebration of National Tempura Day on Sunday, January 7 and try our Cocktail of the Week from Midnight Bar – Chilly then Chill – as the ideal wind down to the week.


Featured Locations

Modern Australian    $$$$$

Midnight Bar

Inspired by the seasons, Midnight Bar on Elouera Street in Braddon offers an evolving list of cocktails, wine and beer, complemented by a dynamic menu of simple food, done exceptionally well. Posit...

High Tea    $$$$$

Avonleigh Farm Fine Food

Indulge all the senses at Avonleigh Farm Fine Food on Thorsons Road in Tarwin Lower and relax in an old-world ambience of fine china, crystal and softly playing music. Nestling in the rolling hills...

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