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The Menu

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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Pierre Koffmann’s 50 years in the kitchen:

Influential French chef Pierre Koffmann on what defines his cooking, an Australian take on gin and why the world could learn a lesson or two from the Swiss slow-food movement.

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29 Nov 2016
00:09:54

Food Neighbourhoods #12: Melbourne, Victoria Street: 

We take a tour of Melbourne’s Victoria Street, locally known as Little Saigon, with Monocle correspondent Adrian Craddock.

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26725 Nov 2016
00:30:00

Pierre Koffmann’s 50 years in the kitchen: 

Influential French chef Pierre Koffmann on what defines his cooking, an Australian take on gin and why the world could learn a lesson or two from the Swiss slow-food movement.

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22 Nov 2016
00:08:04

Food Neighbourhoods #11: Athens, Exarchia: 

With a reputation as a stronghold for anarchists, students and intellectuals, the district of Exarchia in downtown Athens is going through the gradual process of gentrification. It is not famous for its food – yet. But that is bound to change thanks to the area’s many hidden gems.

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26618 Nov 2016
00:30:00

The best cheese in the world : 

We visit the World Cheese Awards in San Sebastián and check out the cookbooks that top chefs love. Plus: the week’s headlines from Toronto and what front-of-house staff can learn from an employee-exchange programme.

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15 Nov 2016
00:11:12

Food neighbourhoods #10: Bangkok, Banglamphu: 

Bangkok’s old quarter of Banglamphu has long been a top culinary destination for Thais, with its street-food sellers and shophouse restaurants serving sought-after specialities. Our guide is author Chawadee Nualkhair.

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26511 Nov 2016
00:30:00

What makes a great restaurant menu? : 

Restaurant critic and author Nicholas Lander on what makes a great restaurant menu, the first single-malt whiskey in North America and an interview with Richard Geoffroy, custodian of Dom Pérignon champagne.

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8 Nov 2016
00:11:12

Food Neighbourhoods #9: Rio de Janeiro, Largo do Machado: 

A district that reflects Brazil’s waves of immigration, Largo do Machado is a gem that has remained undiscovered by international tourism. Our guide is Tom Le Mesurier of Eat Rio.

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2644 Nov 2016
00:30:00

The skills: 

Top chef Monica Galetti discusses the skills that separate professional chefs from others and we get a taste for Canadian comfort food with an aboriginal twist. Plus what to expect from London’s own version of New York’s famed restaurant Aquavit.

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1 Nov 2016
00:14:10

Food Neighbourhoods #8: Toronto, Kensington Market: 

Originally a Jewish neighbourhood, Toronto's Kensingston Market has experienced an influx of immigrants from the Azores to the Caribbean. Our guide is Corey Mintz, food columnist for ‘The Globe and Mail’.

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26328 Oct 2016
00:30:00

Gooseneck barnacles and the best Brazilian wines: 

The tricky business of harvesting gooseneck barnacles in the Pacific and why Brazilian wine businesses are worth keeping an eye on. Plus: award-winning food writer and broadcaster Ravinder Bhogal’s first London restaurant.

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25 Oct 2016
00:09:41

Food Neighbourhoods #7: Istanbul, Kumkapi district: 

A neighbourhood on the coastal European side of Istanbul, Kumkapi is a melting pot of migrants and wholesalers from Africa, the Caucasus and central Asia. We get a taste for the city’s rare cosmopolitan culinary mix.

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26221 Oct 2016
00:30:00

Ten restaurants that changed the US: 

Author Paul Freedman lists the American restaurants that have had the biggest impact on the country, patissier Pierre Hermé explains how much you can do with chocolate and we visit a groundbreaking wine business in Portland, Oregon.

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18 Oct 2016
00:12:03

Food neighbourhoods #6: Singapore, Katong district: 

Off the beaten tourist track, Katong is a vibrant area home to a number of Singapore's varied ethnic groups. Our guide to the neighbourhood's food-and-drink outposts is Debbie Yong, digital editor for the Michelin Guide Singapore.

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26114 Oct 2016
00:30:00

Spanish made simple: 

Chef Omar Allibhoy proves that cooking Spanish food doesn’t need to be complicated. Meanwhile, we are in Melbourne to visit a business that is helping the city’s residents to make their own wine and we hear why a new fondue product is upsetting the Swiss.

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11 Oct 2016
00:11:59

Food neighbourhoods #5: Zürich, Kreis 4: 

Once a seedy neighbourhood, Zürich’s Kreis 4 has gradually become popular among the city’s creatives. While retaining some of its original character, it is now a thriving hub for new restaurants, bars and cafés.

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