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Top Shelf: RT’s Blueberry Muffins

Top Shelf: by Chef Tim MacDonald While on board my last vessel, I developed a unique relationship with the owner, RT. Three years ago, we started breakfast with a massive…

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Top Shelf: Sweets’ Violet Gelato Gingersnap Short Stack

Top Shelf: by Chef Tim MacDonald What does it take to run an interior on a busy 180-foot (55m) charter yacht for a year? Not on rotation, but old-school style.…

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Top Shelf: Sunchoke Vichyssoise with Smoked Salmon and Golden Quail Egg

Top Shelf: by Chef Timothy MacDonald All that glitters is not gold. But when in desperate need to elevate a dish to new heights, gold, silver and bronze leaf is…

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Top Shelf: Banana-Coconut Bread

Top Shelf: by Chef Tim MacDonald Two quick Wadadils at the Rubis corner gas station and I board the English Harbour-to-St. Johns rocket. Think Gene Wilder’s “Willy Wonka” gondola ride,…

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Top Shelf: Chook in a Bag

Top Shelf: by Chef Tim MacDonald “What’s good, Phil?” asked an incoming Bambini Trust client as famous Sydney artist “Phil” exited the small Italian café in Sydney’s CBD. “Chook in…

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Top Shelf: In charter season, a helper worth her weight in cake

Top Shelf: by Chef Tim McDonald Ask any sole charter chef what they want most for Christmas and I’ll bet you, sure as nuts, they will say a reliable helper…

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Top Shelf: Thai Spicy Banana Blossom and Pearl Salad

Top Shelf: by Chef Tim McDonald First encountered at Noiy’s on Samui – a hippy, rough-cut-diamond sort of speak-easy that sits not far off the main ring road. Once you’ve…

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Top Shelf: So Fran macrobiotic salad

Top Shelf: by Chef Tim MacDonald “Tell him to study macrobiotic,” shouted the boss down the line to the captain while giving food preferences. On hearing the instructions, I immediately had…

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Top Shelf: Ease ‘surprise dessert’ panic

Top Shelf: by  Chef Timothy MacDonald As a sole chef in the 50-60m category, it’s hard scrabble. It’s harder scrabble floating around Cuba with the limited provisions available. What I have…

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Chocolate recipe to remember Lewis Burke

Lewis Burke was a deckhand on our yacht, M/Y Elixir, part of a special “golden crew” this time last year. I was saddened to hear of his recent death. Lewis…

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