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Meet the chef who runs Sydney’s most anticipated restaurant while his boss is trapped abroad



One of the courses to feature at Oncore by Clare Smyth.

In the era of COVID-19, remote working and Zoom meetings hardly raise an eyebrow, but what if you run one of the most anticipated restaurants in the country and your boss, one of the world’s greatest chefs, happens to be in stuck abroad? Meet Alan Stuart, the man in charge of Oncore, the fully booked fine-dinner at Crown Sydney that brings the food of Clare Smyth – three Michelin star chef from London’s Core – to the port city.

A Day in the Life of 30-year-old Stuart may be about coordinating a team of 60 to deliver the precision experience expected from such a high-profile restaurant opening, but usually ends with debriefing with Smyth via WhatsApp.

“We talk to her all the time — I call her after the service, tell her how the service has been, and we have a meeting at the beginning of each week,” Stuart says. Clare will mention little things we need to work on, how we can speed up the service, how we can get the plates cleaner. The only way she can see pictures of the food right now is online, so if she notices something, she’ll let me know and we’ll work on it.”

It’s been a long road for the young chef, who spent months preparing a launch that was twice delayed, but his persistence has seemingly paid off: Oncore is full until February and after a week of service, he trusts it. “The fact that we’ve managed to repeat what we’re doing in London so successfully, one week after opening, is, I think, a testament to how great this team is.”

Stuart should know the standards. He and Smyth have been working together since 2012, when the New Zealander joined Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in London and worked directly under her. “I’ve known Alan for a long time,” Smyth says. “And I worked with him for a number of periods: at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, then we kept in touch while he was at Eleven Madison Park. [in New York] and then went on to France, and then again when he came back to Core. He is one of the most passionate young people I have ever worked with.”

So Stuart has a deep understanding of very personal dishes, a combination of, for example, potato, roe and beurre blanc from the Southern Highlands, which ties in with Smyth’s Northern Irish roots; or another that looks like an apple, but when cut reveals a vanilla mousse around a heart of caramelized fruit. “It kind of reminds me of the similar relationship Gordon and I had,” says Smyth, who will travel to Australia in February to work side-by-side with Stuart. “You just know exactly what’s expected — you know the flavor, you know the identity.”

One of the courses on Clare Smyth's Oncore.

One of the courses on Clare Smyth’s Oncore. Photo: Delivered

If negotiating time differences and up to four combined shifts a day to discuss just a single dish sounds tedious, remember that in these high-stakes venues, meals can be managed down to the second; in an ideal world, Smyth would research every preparation and examine every plate of Oncore’s $300 $300 ($490 with wines to match) seven-course tasting menu.

The reality is that, despite mainly mentioning classics, Stuart has dishes on the menu that Smyth has never tasted – for example, a raw kingfish and smoked seaweed stock. “We do the tastings as a team and I have enough people around to support me and tell me where they think things are going wrong,” Stuart says. “If we all agree, we’ll make a decision to make changes.”

One such person is restaurant manager Michael Stoddart, whose job it is to set a tone that matches Core’s warmth with the kind of raised edge you’d expect. Like Stuart, Stoddart will regularly consult with Smyth and her team. “Clare put her own DNA into the restaurants, from the fingerprints on the plates to the style at the end; she curated the playlist from start to finish,” Stoddart says. “We just want everyone to feel relaxed, warm and welcome.”

Oncore restaurant in Crown Sydney is already fully booked until February, just a week after opening.

Oncore restaurant in Crown Sydney is already fully booked until February, just a week after opening. Photo: James Brickwood

Whether any of his own picks will join AC/DC and Fleetwood Mac on the playlist? Smyth maintains the same level of control. “I’ve been told I’m allowed to present a few songs here and there,” says Stoddart. “But Clare needs final approval for that.”

The Good Food Guide 2022 magazine will be published on November 30 with presentation partners Citi and Vittoria Coffee, and free with The Sydney Morning Herald and The age. Also on sale from December 7 in newsagents and supermarkets.



Trump Accidentally Releases Statement Destroying His Own ‘Dumb’ Election Lies




Trump Accidentally Releases Statement Destroying His Own 'Dumb' Election Lies

The twice-indicted former President Donald Trump made a brief statement Saturday night that appeared to inadvertently disprove his own long-running (and false) claim that the 2020 election had been stolen from him. “Anyone who doesn’t think there was no mass voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election is either very stupid or very corrupt!” read the statement.

Trump’s (apparently) coincidental double-negative means the opposite of what Trump and countless conservatives have falsely claimed about the 2020 presidential outcome. During the end of his presidency, Trump led a failed, anti-democratic and sometimes deadly GOP crusade based on allegations of electoral fraud, to try to undo Joe Biden’s 2020 victory. Trump and several figures in the Republican Party have continued to push these lies in their efforts to conduct an increasing number of election and voting campaigns across the country.

Trump spokespersons did not respond to messages Saturday seeking clarification as to whether the ex-president and current GOP leader meant the opposite of what he said in his written statement, or whether Trump actually admitted that he was either incredibly stupid or was astonishingly corrupt.


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Amazon deals Get Razer headsets, Logitech keyboards and Roccat mice




Amazon deals Get Razer headsets, Logitech keyboards and Roccat mice

This Week’s Amazon Deals Post Features Incredible Accessories

As the end of the year approaches, the pandemic continues to wreak havoc outside our homes. This means we all play a lot of games while sitting at home. Don’t worry if you’re looking for a new mouse, keyboard, headset or other gaming accessory. As we’ve been saying for the past few months, we know how you feel and have just what you need to fill that void in your gaming setup. In other words, there’s a wealth of cool stuff waiting for you in this week’s Amazon Deals post, including Razer Gaming Headsets, Logitech Gaming Keyboards, and Roccat Gaming Mice. All of these accessories are convenient and affordable, and we’re here to make sure you find exactly what you need. Here are ten great Amazon deals designed to take your gaming experience to the next level.

Logitech G502 HERO Wired Gaming Mouse – $39.99 ($2.51 off)

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Logitech G915 TKL Tenkeyless Wireless Gaming Keyboard – $178.06 ($51.93 off)

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Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse – $99.99 ($50.00 off)

Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse

Razer BlackShark V2 X Gaming Headset – $39.99 ($20.00 off)

Razer Viper Ultimate Wireless Gaming Mouse – $79.99 ($50.00 off)

Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini Keyboard – $149.99 ($30.00 off)

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Razer Blade Stealth 13 Ultrabook Gaming Laptop – $1,299.99 ($500.00 off)

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Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless Gaming Headset – $139.99 ($40.00 off)

Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless Gaming Headset

Razer DeathAdder Essential Gaming Mouse – $19.99 ($30.00 off)

Razer DeathAdder Essential Gaming Mouse

ROCCAT Kone AIMO Gaming Mouse – $59.99 ($20.00 off)

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Did you pick up some new stuff this weekend? If so, let us know in the comments below, or drop us a line facebook and tweet. After letting us know, be sure to come back tomorrow. By then, we’ll have a new Amazon deals post this weekend featuring some of the best game deals across all platforms. And of course don’t forget to share these deals with your friends and fellow gamers so they can get the most out of their setup too!

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Fortnite Chapter 3’s new map features new locations and weather effects




Fortnite Chapter 3's new map features new locations and weather effects

Fortnite‘s new chapter has begun and it brought with it a whole new map. FortniteThe overhauled island has several new locations, new weather effects and new weapons, but it’s still a big old island Fortnite card, so it should still look familiar.

The new island is closely tied to the season’s Battle Pass, which features Spider-Man prominently. The arrival of Marvel’s web garland has also inspired its own location on the new map. One of the biggest Spider-Man references in Chapter 3 is the huge Daily Bugle office building. There are also other new areas such as Sanctuary, which serves as the base for The Seven – the secret organization behind some of the biggest events in the greater Fortnite story.

Spider-Man also helped inspire one of Fortnite Also the new mechanics of Chapter 3: swing. Starting December 11, players will be able to swing from high places with Spider-Man’s iconic web shooters. Fortnite, but that seems a little less Spider-Man inspired.

FortniteThe new island also received an environmental upgrade from previous maps with its weather effects. The new map features rain showers, lightning, and even tornadoes that can suck you in and throw you out again. Chapter 3 also comes with a host of new weapons, including various assault rifles, shotguns, and sniper rifles.

Of course, as with every new season, Epic has made dozens of other changes. To get an idea of ​​everything new in Fortnite Chapter 3 season 1 you can download the . to look at Epic’s full sample post.

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