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The Unbearable Lightness of Being Hungry podcast

August 6th, 2012  |  Published in Podcasts  |  6 Comments

The Unbearable Lightness of Being Hungry podcast

I’ve started a podcast! Thanks to my amazing producer Alex Watts and FBi radio for making it possible.

I’ve had the idea cooking in my head for an embarrassingly long time, so I’m glad it’s now happening. Unless they’re major celebrities, you hardly ever come across long-form interviews with chefs (they’re usually hustled in just for cooking demonstrations on TV or in print), so for The Unbearable Lightness of Being Hungry podcast, I have an in-depth chat with someone from the food industry and ask about their culinary background: battles, triumphs, insights and injury tallies; meals that blaze in their memory; kitchen experiences they loved or would rather forget, and their recommendations on where to eat and drink.

Chai latte cup praline, Kakawa, Darlinghurst

Here’s my blurb for the first episode:

Lee Tran Lam catches up with David Ralph, a chef who has worked at diner-impressing restaurants in Sydney (Quay, Flying Fish and Sails at Lavendar Bay) and London (Michelin-starred La Noisette and Kensington Place). David’s an expert at placating anyone with a sweet tooth as he currently runs Kakawa, the best chocolatier in Sydney with his partner Jin. He chats about his kitchen war stories (he once had to break up a fight between two chefs), what the staff meals at flash restaurants are like (the better the restaurant, the worse they are!), dealing with the day-to-day temptation of working with chocolate and shares his favourite places to dine in Sydney.

If you’re curious, you can subscribe via iTunes or via The Unbearable Lightness of Being Hungry podcast RSS.

As for Kakawa, you can visit it at Shop 5, 147 William St (a few blocks from the Darlinghurst Rd end), Darlinghurst, (02) 9331 8818,

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  1. Sounds good – I just subscribed 🙂

  2. Y says:

    Subscribed! Looking forward to hearing more missives.

  3. Congrats! Have subscribed ;P

  4. Kate says:

    Such great news, Lee Tran! I don’t know how you do it all 🙂

  5. tori says:

    Love it! Subscribed and very happily listened while cooking in the kitchen yesterday. You have such a great voice for radio.

  6. leetranlam says:

    Thank you for the incredibly kind feedback! It’s lovely to know that people are subscribing and enjoying what they are hearing.

    @Kate, that’s really nice of you to say so – I may come across as unintentionally more productive than I really am (i.e. if you saw my pile of laundry or stack of unread magazines, it may be used as evidence against your kind comment)!

    @Tori, thanks for your really sweet comment – I think everyone thinks they sound like the worst version of themselves as recorded by tinny voicemail msgs (that’s what I do!). But I think credit goes to the really fancy, very nice microphones at FBi, they make anyone sound good!

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Hi, I'm Lee Tran Lam. When not blogging with my mouth full, I'm usually writing, presenting Local Fidelity on FBi radio, making zines, producing podcasts or continually breaking promises about how I really am gonna get through my book pile one day.

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