Let them eat croissants! Gontran Cherrier Boulangerie

Pain au chocolat at Gontran Cherrier

It’s on! Lune Croissants, crowned by the New York Times as having “the world’s best croissant” has a new competitor and from Paris itself. Superstar baker Gontran Cherrier has opened his first Australian store in Collingwood and it’s seriously slick. The warehouse like space has moody grey walls and polished concrete floors which put the

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Burnham Beeches: Shannon Bennett’s Piggery Cafe and Bakery is making the Dandenongs hip

The Croque Madam at the Piggery Cafe - note MTV took a bite before I got to snap a picture!

The Dandenongs, the suburb of afternoon teas and Puffing Billy, has suddenly become a little bit hip with the opening of Shannon Bennett’s Burnham Beeches.  Bennett has grand plans for his newest project with a planned luxury hotel, brewery and steak house.  He’s started cautiously with the opening of a bakery to service his Vue

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The bad end of Flinders Lane hots up: Five & Dime Bagels and T By Luxbite

Dill bagel with smoked salmon and BACON cream cheese filling at 5 & Dime

My day job is on Flinders Lane and to most people who are into food that sounds like a pretty good location.  But sadly the Private Media offices are not at the cool end of Flinders Lane, instead we are down the King street end aka culinary wasteland.  Last year that changed with the opening

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Beware of developing a donut addiction at Cobb Lane


I’m not usually a donut eating person.  Perhaps that’s why the whole cronut phenomenon failed to really excite me.  But I may just have been converted to a Homer Simpson like donut devotion by Matt Forbes at Cobb Lane in Yarraville.  Cobb Lane opened up just before Christmas but there was some serious anticipation around

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