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Bloggers salute Peru at Hilton Sydney’s glass wine bar

To celebrate all things Peru, glass wine bar at Hilton Sydney recently hosted an intimate bloggers event with celebrity restaurateur Luke Mangan and  world-renowned chef and Food & Wine magazine “Best New Chef 2011” Ricardo Zarate.

As a Peruvian native based in Los Angeles, Ricardo has thrilled critics as one of the leaders in nouveau-Peruvian cuisine in Los Angeles. He has two restaurants in Los Angeles, Mo-Chica and Picca, the latter recently cited in GQ Magazine as one of the “Ten Best New Restaurants in America.”

Pisco sour with the evening’s delights

Going off the “eaten track” and digging into his cultural heart, Ricardo demonstrated his cooking prowess and featured one of his signature canapés – Cerviche Criollo, whilst a captive audience imbibed on traditional Pisco Sours and South American wines chosen specially by glass brasserie’s chief sommelier Kim Bickley. Bloggers mixed ‘n’ mingled and feasted on Peruvian bites including spicy yellowtail causa with cucumber and puffed rice; uni crostini with tomato and yellow Peruvian chilli and a snapper cerviche “shooter” with coriander. The evening was a lovely Peruvian taste tester – a cuisine that Sydney has only recently embraced. We can’t wait for next year!

Anna Lisle

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The 2012 Electrolux Appetite for Excellence Awards at Hilton Sydney’s glass brasserie

The elegant surrounds of Luke Mangan’s stunning glass brasserie proved to be the perfect location to celebrate the 2012 Electrolux Appetite for Excellence Awards on Monday night.

Unlike the Award finalists, who anxiously awaited for the winners to be announced, the Best Restaurant team happily spent the evening sipping Henschke and enjoying the food station offerings. A rather theatrical roast pig – with tail, feet, eyes and all — impressively on show, was not for the food feint-hearted, but, we must remember, we were rubbing shoulders with Australia’s culinary elite. An oyster bar, sashimi counter and cheese station all delivered the goods while the seared pieces of Wagyu beef and tempura zucchini flowers won us over.

The de Groots’ team enjoying the night: Anna Lisle and Sami Jo Adelman

Hosted by the vivacious Jill Dupleix, the night was a fantastic celebration of what has arguably been a tough year for the hospitality industry. Jill paid tribute to the next generation of culinary stars that made up this year’s Electrolux Appetite for Excellence Awards national finalists – and, together with chefs Peter Gilmore and Mark Best, announced the 2012 winners.

de Groots’ Producer Scott Winter with Lyndey Milan

The awards, recognised as one of the industry’s most prestigious, were presented in front of the nation’s culinary elite including Giovanni Pilu, Terry Durack, John Fink and Lyndey Milan. Aiming to inspire and encourage the future heavyweights of the hospitality industry, the Awards aim to retain culinary talent in Australia, despite the allure of overseas fine dining and Michelin stars.

The happy winners – Katrina Birchmeier, Peter Gilmore, Mark Best, Stewart Wesson, James Audas

Electrolux Australian Young Chef

Runner Up


Electrolux Australian Young Waiter

Runner Up


Electrolux Australian Young Restaurateur

Runner Up


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Coney Island circus fun at Hilton Sydney’s Zeta Bar

Cotton candy cosmos, tarot reading, popcorn and clowns on stilts. The media launch of a lifetime, the Best Restaurant team were in for a surprise last Thursday night when we headed to Hilton Sydney’s stunning Zeta Bar.

Snack of the night – the sorbet

To celebrate the launch of a new concept – the sleek and sophisticated space of Zeta Bar was turned into carnival Coney Island. We spent the evening sipping long island iced tea snow cones while being entertained by circus-inspired freak shows, strongman acts and circus sideshows. With skyrocketing sugar levels, we snacked on cider-spiked toffee apples, hot dogs and pink candy floss.

With Michael Bourne (General Manager of Hilton Sydney)

Want to relive your childhood circus days? “The Greatest Show On Earth” will be held every Friday from 6pm (for a limited time) at Zeta Bar.

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