Lost News - August 2019
August is here! Can you believe it? Just like that, the day's are getting longer and before we know it the festive season will be upon us. We've had such a wonderful response to the new team's first edition of Lost and this month we're going full steam ahead as we increase Lost to 64 pages - all chockablock full of reasons to get out and about and experience all our beautiful region has to offer.
You'll notice a few changes to the magazine this edition, such as the expansion of our "Reasons to Get Lost" section of the magazine, and our "Lost guide on where to find it" being made a little more visual and easier to follow which i hope you will all enjoy.
Firstly it is with heavy hearts that we farewell Richard Cornish as our previous editor at large and thank him for his hard work and dedication to Lost. Richard has been a big part of our little publication and we wish him all the best in his future endeavours. In the wise words of Bob Dylan "the times they are a changin" and we're so incredibly excited to introduce to you all our new Lost team.
This month we welcome Larissa Dubecki and Mahmood Fazal as our new feature writers at Lost Magazine. Larissa comes to us with a wealth of knowledge as a renowned restaurant critic and food writer for the past ten years, during which she's been the chief critic for The Age newspaper and The Age Good Food Guide. Having written her own book, appeared on MasterChef, been a judge on Iron Chef, and featured in several high-end magazines such as Gourmet Traveller and Time Out; we felt Larissa was exactly what our little magazine needed to go to the next level.
Mahmood also steps in as our other feature writer to add his creative flavour to Lost. Having written for Vice and several other publications Mahmood has his finger on the pulse of cultural trends and a keen interest in architecture, bringing just the right amount of attitude to Lost.
In this August edition, Mahmood pays homage to "St Mike", talking all things art, motorcycles and horses with local modern-day cowboy Michael Lelliott.
Larissa goes back to the source with the talented Tim Foster of Source Dining in Kyneton and introduces new head chef Quinn Spencer. Then, she heads to Trentham and Daylesford for drinkable desert and indulgent afternoon with new chocolatiers Atelier Chocolat and Daylesford Hot Chocolate Company.
A trip to Porcupine Ridge to meet ceramicist Angie Izard reveals "the magic of clay and fire" before we say hello to Murvet & Cameron - the duo behind local small-goods favourite Max & Delilah. Cameron has dinner sorted with his recipe for mouth-watering braised beef cheeks and creamy potato mash in our Lost Recipe section, and Animus Distillery washes it all down with their delicious Lost Cocktail 'Fearless'.
We discover the architectural splendour that is Gabion Hill in Glenlyon when Mahmood sits down with Jeremy & Jeannie to discuss all things family, and reveal what drove them to build such a magnificent home in the country.
Also in this edition, Anthony shares the tragic tale of Daylesford's lost children, before we lighten the mood with the first of our ongoing Q&A sessions with Lost delivery boy and owner of 'Ruby Slippers' Ritchie.
For me this past month has been filled with challenges and hurdles to overcome. I've worked day and night to pull together this issue with an additional 16 pages and I couldn't have done it without the support of our incredible publishers, advertisers, new writers, photographers and the rest of the team here at the Lost office. I also just want to say a big thank you to my partner John for being such a pillar of support during this time and reminding me always that when life gives you lemons, make lemonade! I hope you all enjoy this August edition, and without further ado, let's get lost.