The bad old days of imported, frozen and mass produced food in Tasmania's pretty capital are well and truly gone. Now, cafes in Hobart are embracing all that is fresh, local and seasonal. It's a stunning transformation and one that has helped to create a thriving cafe culture in Australia's second oldest city. What's behind this move? One factor is the number of local chefs who have spent time learning their trade in some of the world's great restaurants. Now returned to their native city, they have brought with them the skills, experience and confidence to create a new sort of dining experience in contemporary Hobart cafes. These international influences are combined with great ingredients from Tasmania's rich natural larder to create a new level of Tasmanian dining.