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New podcast – Kylie Javier Ashton, Momofuku Seiobo

Kylie Javier Ashton has dealt with forged bookings, martini glass accidents, disguising Alex Atala with garbage bags, and countless people throwing up when she’s on the job (“you could see the frequency of the voms go up when the scampi dish was on” is one of the most memorable lines from this interview). Having survived […]

New podcast – Travis Harvey, OzHarvest

Turning unwanted coconuts into 2000 curries, 10 tonnes of donated squash into soup, leftover egg yolks from 16,000 Black Star Pastry watermelon-strawberry cakes into banana curd and working out what to do with 800 kilograms of airplane food picked up from the domestic airport gate – these are just some of the things that Travis […]

New podcast – Joe Beddia, Pizzeria Beddia

Joe Beddia makes “America’s best pizza”, according to Bon Appétit magazine. The chef/owner of Philadelphia’s Pizzeria Beddia has also been referred to as Pizza Jesus and the Jiro of Pizza. He shrugs off what he does as “just pizza”, but people would line up many hours (sometimes even arriving before Joe got to work!) just to […]

Good Podcast, Crap Drawing exhibition at New Moon, Lewisham

I first met Anna Vu at MCA Zine Fair – she was selling a zine that illustrated 20 memorable dishes she’d eaten in New York (so yes, there was zero decision-making needed: I knew I had to buy a copy and add it to my library of hand-made A5 magazines). Fast forward some years later, […]

New podcast – Sharon Salloum, Almond Bar, Three Tomatoes, #CookForSyria

It’s not surprising that Sharon Salloum would pursue a career in food – her dad has a thing for DIY cooking devices and even pioneered a shopping-trolley/fridge shelf/lawnmower barbecue. Her mother and grandmother taught her the power of food around the family table, and their recipes inspired her Almond Bar cookbook – which landed her […]

New podcast – Samin Nosrat, author of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

Samin Nosrat has written one of the most-talked-about and celebrated cookbooks of the last year, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat. Her trophy shelf includes a James Beard Award for General Cooking and the Julia Child First Book Award. It’s an amazing effort for an “uncookbook” that she’s spent 15 years working on. While in college, she […]

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New podcast – Eve Yeung, Noma

The first restaurant Eve Yeung ever worked at was Noma – yes, the Copenhagen establishment named the World’s Best Restaurant four times. So how did she end up in René Redzepi‘s renowned kitchen at the age of 18? The young pastry chef actually considered becoming a competitive hockey player (a path she pursued while working […]

New podcast – Alexandra Carroll (Alex Craig), New York and Paris

They’re two of the dining capitals of the world and they’re explored (and beautifully photographed) by Alexandra Carroll in her books, New York: An Inspired Wander Through Manhattan and the Brooklyn Boroughs and Paris: An Inspired Wander Through the City of Lights. So it’s no surprise that we talk about memorable bagels and croissants in […]

New podcast – Jock Zonfrillo, Orana, Blackwood Bistro

At age 11, Jock Zonfrillo started working in restaurants – initially, as a dishwasher. “I very quickly surmised that I was on the wrong side of the flying frying pan.” Only a few weeks in, he became a chef, an experience that would take him from Scotland to the rest of the world: from cooking […]

New podcast – Myffy Rigby, Palisa Anderson, Trisha Nelson (Live at Rootstock)

Good Food Guide editor Myffy Rigby, Chat Thai and Boon Cafe co-director Palisa Anderson and an actual legit winemaker, Trisha Nelson who runs Ajola in Lazio, Italy, joined me for a chat recorded live at the most recent Rootstock food and wine festival at Sydney’s Carriageworks. So, we talk about memorable experiences with booze, totally […]

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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.

All the good pictures on this blog are by photography ace (and patient boyfriend), Will Reichelt, (all the dodgy ones can be credited to me)!

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This is a blog about eating and drinking in Sydney, Australia (with the odd cross-border or off-topic detour). BYO appetite.

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