Few world-famous celebrity chefs would be stood up on the phone by a journalist one day, then ring eight times before eventually getting hold of them the next day, only to be asked to call back on another number, and still be in splendid good humour when the interview finally takes place.
Heston Blumenthal is basically a really decent bloke. There is no hint of a dummy spit in his voice, no hoity-toity tenor, no “I’ll be courteous but I’m really ticked off at you” undertone.
If the self-taught, three-Michelin-starred chef is seething under his designer spectacles, there is no sign of it in his voice.
There’s a bald-headed, boy-next-door charm to Blumenthal that makes you want to down a couple of beers with him, or a chilled glass of chardonnay – a Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay, to be precise. Read the full article.
Must Eat by Russell Blaikie
I used to be an impulsive cookbook purchaser. I’d see one that looked good, have a quick flick through, and buy it if a couple of the recipes looked enticing. But lack of room on the bookshelf, laundry bench, and an entire kitchen cupboard put an end to such reckless spending.
I vowed never to buy another recipe book on a whim. The new rule was that I had to wait, research the book, read reviews, look at it – longingly – at least half a dozen times, after which I could splurge if I still felt the urge – and more often than not, I didn’t.
The strategy was working well until I discovered Must Wine Bar in the Margaret River, the regional wine bar and bistro belonging to renowned West Australian chef Russell Blaikie. Continue reading
Must wine bar, Margaret River
Must bistro and wine bar has got a captive audience at Margaret River. The town hosts two large, boisterous pubs, several providores, a couple of restaurants and cafes, and a fudge factory on the main drag, but little to write home about when it comes to small, stylish dining options with a boutique bistro feel.
The local movers and groovers must have popped Champagne corks when Must Margaret River filled the void in the West Australian wine region two years ago.
Must is the sibling of the decade-old hotspot of the same name but even bigger fame in Highgate, Perth, and it has certainly cornered the market – there’s nothing else this suave and sophisticated within spitting distance of Margaret River’s swanky wineries. Continue reading