Posts By: Ed

My ten year bloggerversary and a truffle prize

This blog has come a long way along a long and twisting road since July 2005. 983 posts worth. Some of my first posts were short updates, rants or pictures that would be better posted on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook nowadays. And that’s why I probably don’t post as much here as I used to. The intention is there but other networks are grabbing my time, including my business blog and LinkedIn. In the early days there were maybe 20 or 30 people with blogs in Australia. Most of our connections were with other bloggers in the US, UK or Europe. It was very different. You needed a proper camera rather than a phone to take pictures of food. In fact people thought I was distinctly odd in 2005 trying to take a picture of my food. Of course nowadays almost everyone is a blogger in one way or another. If you aren’t on Twitter or Instagram, you’ll be posting on LinkedIn or your personal Facebook profile. Ten years is a long time. Back then broadband internet was new and the iPhone didn’t yet exist. I imagine we’ll be keyboardless in another ten. To celebrate my ten years of blogging I’m collaborating with one of my new clients Duncan Garvey at Perigord Truffles in Tasmania to give away a truffle and truffle butter pack to one lucky reader. We are also offering free shipping of Tassie truffles to all readers. All you have to do to be in the running is submit your favourite truffle recipe in comments or email to and we’ll pick a winner and publish it here and on the Perigord blog. Rules 1. One recipe per entrant 2. The best recipe will be judged by myself, Ed Charles, and Duncan Garvey and our choice will be final. 3. We’d like to use some of the best recipes on Duncan’s truffle blog. Please let us know if you don’t want us to republish your recipe. 4. Closing date for entries is 4 August 2015. Winners will be announced by 11 August 2015.

Ben Shewry goes alone

Ben Shwery

As many of you know Attica is the sole Australian restaurant in the world’s top50 list. This is a statement on the sale of the restaurant to Ben Shewry released yesterday: “In an exciting step forward for Melbourne Restaurant Attica, its world renowned and longstanding Executive Chef, Ben Shewry, has acquired the restaurant and the brand effective immediately. The deal will see Shewry have 100% ownership of Attica and oversee all operations at the applauded venue, which lays claim to being the only Australian restaurant to be in the 2015 World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards. Shewry’s role as Executive Chef/Director further motivates the respected chef and he believes it will inject additional passion and innovation into Attica, ultimately enhancing, the working environment for staff and the experience for all who dine at the venue. “Since joining Attica in 2005, under the ownership and management of Helen and David Maccora, my focus and dedication has been completely entrenched in this restaurant and now is the time to take things to the next level,” stated Shewry. Shewry thanks David and Helen for the opportunity to work and build and now own what has been his absolute passion for the last ten years. From everyone here at Attica; Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to welcoming you to Attica in the near future.”