Mike Eggert studied environmental science – a career path he returned to, in a way, when he cooked feral animals for a Pinbone/Young Henrys event for 2015’s Good Food Month (an occasion that lead to a truly spectacular, poncho-staining food fight).
After detouring from his studies and becoming a chef, he went on to work at many acclaimed Sydney restaurants – such as Oscillate Wildly, Sepia, Duke Bistro (with Mitch Orr, who is his co-host on The Mitchen podcast) and Billy Kwong (which is where he met his future Pinbone co-head-chef Jemma Whiteman).
Along with Jemma and front-of-house ace, Berri Eggert (who is also Mike’s sister), the trio gained a devout following with their Pinbone restaurant in Woollahra. In fact, when they announced the closure of its location in 2015, diners were willing to wait an hour and a half just to get in for the restaurant’s famous brunch (and not just any diners – Quay’s Peter Gilmore was spotted lining up on the footpath). Mike actually had trouble closing the fridges near the end, because they were so packed with prep and produce for the final weekends.
Pinbone also had a great rep for embracing dietary requirements, instead of grumbling about them behind diners’ backs; and it also was responsible for the Instagram-ruling maple bacon and pumpkin tart, which began quite accidentally, but ended up on the cover of Gourmet Traveller.
Mike also talks about where Pinbone is currently at and the 2016 restaurant openings that he’s most excited about.
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I love that their beloved maple bacon and pumpkin tart arose from a fridge special but how could Mike be surprised it was such a winner? Each element is amazing but together they’re like some crazy new superpower! And the Feral Party was definitely one of my highlights of 2015, even if I did cop a couple of sourdough torpedoes to the head!
Hi Helen, thanks so much for listening to the episode and leaving your comment! I am glad you survived the feral party antics, despite all the bread missiles that were being fired! It sounds like it was a truly awesome event!
Isn’t it amazing that something that came from “Mother Hubbarding” ended up being one of their signature dishes? Mike is constantly downplaying his achievements, which is pretty crazy, but happy to see how well that dish went. I imagine we’ll see it again when Pinbone 2.0 happens sometime this year (hopefully not too far away)!