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Our guide to the world of food, drink and entertaining, The Menu serves up interviews with the world’s most creative chefs, introduces the makers behind the scenes and the ingredients that will soon be landing on your restaurant table.

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Dominique Ansel explains his tricks as a pastry maker, we hear why Serbians are now drinking better beer and we get the week’s headlines from Hong Kong.

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180 27 Mar 2015

Pastry mastery: 

Dominique Ansel explains his tricks as a pastry maker, we hear why Serbians are now drinking better beer and we get the week’s headlines from Hong Kong.

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179 20 Mar 2015

The best of Pitti Taste: 

We head to Florence for the Pitti Taste trade fair, talk the business of maple-syrup production and hear Australian-Lebanese chef Greg Malouf’s thoughts on the best vegetarian food.

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178 13 Mar 2015

Launch of The Monocle Restaurant Awards : 

The first three nominees in The Monocle Restaurant Awards, a new wave of cocktails in Singapore and the renewed interest in saké in Japan.

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177 6 Mar 2015

Wine revolution: 

The Portuguese wine industry is focusing on higher-quality products – we head to Porto to find out how. Plus, a visit to Saint Petersburg for Restaurant Day, and we get the week’s food headlines from Canada.

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176 27 Feb 2015

Vatican eats: 

Swiss Guard and cookbook-author David Geisser on what different Popes and his fellow guardsmen like to eat, a restaurant in Barcelona that focuses on ‘Pan Con Tomate’ (tomato with bread), and the week’s culinary headlines from New York.

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175 20 Feb 2015

Your new favourite gin: 

We investigate the rapidly growing gin industry in Victoria, British Columbia. Plus beer from the slums of Rio de Janeiro and a German entrepreneur who wants to change the way we buy our local produce.

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174 13 Feb 2015

Carnival cuisine in Brazil: 

Italian top chefs reveal some of their secrets at Milan’s Identita Golose cooking convention, we hear what's new at Rio de Janeiro’s carnival and get a tip or two for launching a new food business.

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173 6 Feb 2015

Madrid Fusion: 

We are at Madrid Fusión fair which has brought together some of the greatest innovators of the food industry. Plus special recognition for the oldest Lebanese restaurant in Paris and the week's headlines from Istanbul.

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172 30 Jan 2015

Pretence of anonymity: 

Pulitzer prize-winning restaurant critic Jonathan Gold tells us why it doesn't pay for restaurant critics to keep anonymity, author David Sax gives us his view on who the real food-industry tastemakers are and we get the week’s headlines from Toronto.

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171 23 Jan 2015

Vicky Lau: 

Why one American restaurant has decided to ban tips, we meet Vicky Lau, who has just been named the best female chef in Asia, and get the week’s culinary headlines from Hong Kong.

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170 16 Jan 2015

We visit a kitchen equipment library in Toronto, hear how chef and author Ken Hom is planning to promote food from the UK, and get the week’s culinary headlines from Singapore.

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169 9 Jan 2015

We are in Tel Aviv to witness the city’s cocktail revival, enjoy a taste of Stellacello – a new drink originating from east London – and hear why a Japanese filmmaker has become the go-to person for food branding.

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