Brisbane food news top cuts

Here's the latest food news top cuts for Brisbane and beyond.


These local food luminaries made QWeekend's list of Queensland's 50 Bright Stars

Ben Williamson, 32, chef
If you haven't tried Ben's take on modern Middle Eastern food at the deliciously styled Gerard's Bistro in  James Street you should.  That is all.

Alejandro Cancino, 28, chef
Look at him and its hard to believe that anyone so young could have packed in so much food cred, but he's older than he looks and never stops thinking about food.  A new dimension at Urbane to enjoy.

Miriam Gibson, 34, Sommelier
Let Miriam introduce you to the wonders if sake and you will never look back. Find her at Sake Restaurant at Eagle Street Pier.

Dominique Rizzo, 40, Chef 

Such a fun gal and a great chef, Dominique has plenty of TV cred and a cookbook under her belt.  Her guided food tours of Sicily sound fabulous.

Chocolate update

Good news for lovers of fine chocolate in the CBD - Monty's Chocolates first city store opens officially on December 14, that's Friday folks.

Steve Sheldon promises plenty of room to sit and enjoy your Monty's favourites plus, wait for it, new additions including waffles and ice cream.  I can only imagine what these might taste like and it's very good.

Find it opposite Central Station at 288 Edward Street.


Spicy Caloundra?

Didn't think I would ever see those words together unless it was for the opening of a sex shop but Vicki Taylor's new spice blending classes have woken up even sleepy Caloundra.

Book yourself into beginners' classes on January 12, February 9 and March 9. Advanced classes are on January 26, February 23 and March 23. All classes are $69 and run from 3.30pm to 6.30pm, and include a well-stocked goodie bag.

The shop also offers gourmet foods, Moroccan plates, bowls, tajines and glasses, and colourful ceramic spice drawers.

Shop online or explore Red Hot Chilli Pepper at Shop 4 Monaco, 92 Bulcock Street, in Caloundra. 


Noosa on the Grill

New at Noosa is Wood Fire Grill, located next door to Rickys River Bar + Restaurant overlooking the Noosa River on a terrace that blends seamlessly into the park and riverbank.  There's a dramatic open kitchen and wood fire grill which stretches six metres and is stacked with local hewn ironbark logs to make an imposing wall feature. Heading the kitchen brigade is Luke Czajkowskys ex Rockpool Bar & Grill.  

Thank you to Helen Flanagan for this update.