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In 2009, Australian cook Justine Schofield was selected for the first series of MasterChef Australia. While she was eventually eliminated in fourth place, her individual skills and bubbly personality did not go unnoticed with Network Ten offering to produce a TV program of her own, Everyday Gourmet. Now, after more than 700 episodes, Essentials’ spoke with Justine about her rise to fame and contents of her fabulous new book The Weeknight Cookbook – one we…

Richard Cornish forages for the fungal truth in Catalonia, as the locals make their annual pilgrimage to the hills in their quest to find elusive autumn mushrooms. It’s a weeknight in October and the normally riotous bar district of El Raval in the centre of Barcelona is surprisingly quiet. Some bartenders blame the rain, a slow but consistent drizzle rapidly returns La Rambla into the stream it once was. Others fall into line and say…

Essentials’ Richard Cornish recently caught up with artisan cheesemaker Andre Kogurt of Mornington, Victoria’s Blue Bay Cheese company; an interview that was long overdue. But learning to be patient in all things dairy it seems, is par for the course. Cheesemaker Andre Kogut is a patient man. He spends a lot of time waiting. He waits hours for his milk to turn to curds. He waits weeks as the curds set in their hoops. He…

It’s always a grand experience venturing into High Country Victoria, Australia. With pleasantly forested undulating hills and dramatic alpine peaks making up some of the country’s highest, the region presents an opportunity for people to reconnect with nature and so reinvigorate the soul. Living and working within the area, Master Builder Steve Graves of leading firm Bright Alpine Builders, knows all too well how picturesque the region is. Inspired by the tall stands of mountain…

If you’re thinking of travelling to the UK in the near future, might we suggest a timely visit to artisan watchmaker designers The Camden Watch Company. This independent British-based brand was founded in the heart of Camden by wife and husband team Anneke Short and Jerome Robert – both previously designers  for other leading brands. Currently the couple operate three standalone shops in different parts of the city.  Each location is different, but each reflects…

It’s not often that Essentials rolls out a little story on office furniture, however frequently we do explore retail products that we consider artisan, impeccably crafted and down right brilliant. In keeping with our desire to inform readers of great experiences, plus a desire for developing greater workplace health – considering we also spend long hours in front of the computer screen – it’s difficult to ignore the nifty little invention we were recently introduced…

Covered in a rind with an apricot blush these soft, often creamy, washed rind cheeses, first made in European monasteries in the Middle Ages, develop an aroma that can vary from attractively meaty to deliciously stinky. Those meaty overtones made the cheeses a popular source of protein for the monks, who were forbidden from eating meat during the frequent – and lengthy – Catholic fasts. The great washed rind cheeses of Europe include Taleggio, Pont…

With more than two decades of experience in the coffee industry, Sydney based coffee aficionado and book author David Rosa has crafted what can only be described as the world’s most comprehensive coffee everything book The Artisan Roaster: revealing trade secrets, roasting tips, practical advice, hilarious anecdotes, tech specs, plus brief history on coffee – the book is a rewording and insightful new release. Some consider the self published book a modern bible, designed for…

Married to the Sea Ceramics, based in the seaside town of Sunshine Beach, (near Noosa Heads) Queensland, produces handmade stoneware and porcelain pieces using Australian clay. Each piece emphasises  simplicity of design through colour, shape, line, form and texture. The designs are free flowing, natural-toned and textural – crafting an elemental sense of calm. Studio visitors can choose from various collections (Squid Ink, Granite and others) and a range of custom glazes including a clean,…

Essentials’ Richard Cornish recently caught up with artisan cheesemaker Andre Kogurt of Mornington, Victoria’s Blue Bay Cheese company; an interview that was long overdue. But learning to be patient in all things dairy it seems, is par for the course. Cheesemaker Andre Kogut is a patient man. He spends a lot of time waiting. He waits hours for his milk to turn to curds. He waits weeks as the curds set in their hoops. He…

Founder and owner Yew Kong Tham of Ginkgo Leaf, in Woollahra, NSW has a magnificent eye for detail. His store’s focus is to import only well-crafted, beautifully designed contemporary Japanese household items such as ceramics, porcelain, glassware, wood crafts, ironware, bath and bed textiles and other unique pieces that bring delight to their users. The store’s name originates from the beauty and uniqueness of the Ginkgo Biloba tree and its delicate, uniquely shaped leaves (pictured).…

Opening to the public tomorrow, Saturday October 6 in Rutherglen, Victoria, the Aboriginal Exhibitions – Collection Highlights 2018 exhibition is an exploration of some of the most significant Aboriginal paintings and artefacts created in modern times and it gives just about anybody the opportunity to take home a wonderful piece of Aboriginal art. Featuring works created by many of the leading Aboriginal artists of our time including: Kudditji Kngwarreye, Dennis Nelson Tjakamarra Nelson, Russell Butler,…

The aroma of citrus fills the air in the small factory in Melbourne’s west. Boxes of thick-skinned lemons are piled up on the floor. Jon Caneva smiles as he carefully takes to the lemons with a small, sharp knife. ‘You have to remove the outside of the skin without taking any of the white pith, otherwise the limoncello will become bitter,’ says Jon. He’s a man who wears a happy demeanour like a well-fitting jacket.…

Anna-Marie Wallace discovered a penchant for clay by accident one afternoon while visiting a community arts centre pottery shed to kill some time. Five years later her products dress the tables of some of Australia’s finest restaurants including Melbourne’s Lûmé, Igni, Fleet and D’Arenburg winery’s new Cube restaurant. Jock Zonfrillo, owner/chef of Restaurant Orana, Adelaide, was the first to order Anna’s unglazed ceramics; her signature ovoid vessels were developed for food service four years ago…

Based in High Country Victoria, Bright Alpine Builders – a multi HIA-Award-winning company – delivers high quality custom-built homes and commercial buildings under the keenly focused eye of Master Builder Steve Graves. Continuity is a huge part of the company’s build philosophy. According to Steve, each and every build begins with one very simple, yet firm, step. ‘I like to put one foreman and his team and equipment on a new custom home build on…

The old Scotch oven stands behind the old bakery shop in the centre of Eldorado. It was once the focus of this beautiful historic mining town in Victoria’s North East, 15 minutes east of the regional centre of Wangaratta. Owner Sandy Bogusis stands next to the Scotch oven, its iron face bearing the name J. Baker and Sons, Engineers. Melbourne. ‘Back in the early 1900s Robert Edgar Cunningham had commissioned the Scotch Oven,’ explains Sandy.…

Milawa Gourmet Region’s Off Centre Gallery to Plate up a Ceramic Arts Feast this Winter On the Queen’s Birthday long weekend 2018, Friday to Monday, June 8 to 11, Off Centre Gallery will celebrate winter with a full-scale winter-themed dining setting showcasing English born, Sydney-based ceramicist Katherine Mahoney’s contemporary functional wares. Off Centre Gallery will also present a special ‘meet the artist’ event on Saturday, June 9. Katherine produces outstanding functional wares – plates, cups,…

Ceramicist, artist, chocolatier or architect? You be the judge. Melbourne artist Ryan Foote travels Australia and the world producing and exhibiting everything from masterful ceramics to designer chocolates, the latter taking on unusual geometric shapes, similar to his all-white porcelain plates. Celebrated both in art galleries and restaurants, his bubble-glazed plates and platters resemble brilliant underwater worlds in blue, or a roiling red solar mass of flares and sunspots. He was recently commissioned by the…