Australia
Foreigners’ overused jokey adage to “throw another shrimp on the barbie” no longer sticks. First of all, Australians call them prawns. Second, Australian gastronomy has surpassed the humble barbecue. It remains a happy summer stalwart in backyards across the country, but what happens elsewhere is more interesting. The country’s food scene has been largely overlooked abroad, and for the most part the global food media have shunned Australia’s culinary experience, focusing instead on its cuddly native critters and extraordinary landscapes. It’s also true that the nation’s food culture is really only now coming of age. What was a less than inspiring restaurant scene just a couple of decades ago has blossomed in recent years. Some restaurants (Attica, Quay, Sepia, Vue du Monde, Flower Drum) can stand up to the world’s best.