Melbourne, a growing dining destination situated in Australia’s state of Victoria is an inviting city where the hip and eclectic coexist with vast culinary diversity. Eric visits the city’s most famous shopping spot, the Queen Victoria Market and hits some of the hottest restaurants in town which reflect Melbourne’s cultural melting pot including Tonka, Chin Chin and sitting down with chef Shane Delia from Maha. Just outside the city is the home of David Blackmore, a Waygu cattle farmer recognized and embraced by Japanese traditionalists. Eric will get to sample what many regard as the most exclusive cuts of meat.

His culinary diverse experiences in Australia’s culture capital inspire Eric to prepare Seared Tandoori Spiced Hamachi with Pickled Cucumbers.

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Watch the episode April 18th, 2015 at 9.30am EST | 8.30am CST on
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Photography by Jason Goldwatch, Ron Sim and Michaela McKee

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