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Gourmet Traveller|January 2020
The food and travel trends to look out for in the coming year.

WHERE THERE’S SMOKE…

Getting back to basics will be the focus for many chefs this coming year with the idea that quality produce cooked with care equals flavour. Throw a woodfired grill or oven into the mix, and the results are enhanced tenfold. Lennox Hastie of Sydney’s Firedoor is one chef leading the charge in the fire and smoke department, but it seems more restaurants are beginning to take note. One restaurant to watch is Hearth, a new modern Australian barbecue venue in Perth, led by chef Jed Gerrard, which features a custom-built, multi-level South American parillastyle grill. In short: more fire, more smoke.

JAPAN, HAI!

It’s 2020’s hottest destination – so red hot you’ll be lucky to nab a flight in the lead up to the Summer Olympic Games. From the neon-lit allure of Tokyo and the old-world charm of Kyoto, to the riverside promenades of Osaka and the natural beauty of Mount Fuji, Japan has plenty to offer for every traveller. Closer to home, the enthusiasm for Japanese dining continues with the opening of Yoko Dining in Brisbane and Kuro in Sydney.

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