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New podcast – Charlotte Ree, “Just Desserts”

March 26th, 2020  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Charlotte Ree, “Just Desserts”

Charlotte Ree once ate 30 different kinds of croissants during a trip to France – then got a croissant tattoo afterwards. She’s so dedicated to pastries that she’ll stay up until 5:30am to finish a baking marathon. Pulling 120 cakes out of the oven during the hours people reserve for sleeping – and then going […]

New podcast – Angie Prendergast-Sceats, Angie’s Food, Two Good

December 23rd, 2019  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Angie Prendergast-Sceats, Angie’s Food, Two Good

Angie Prendergast-Sceats once was an olive oil judge, where she had to watch out for vintages that tasted like “rancid feet” and “baby vomit” (such references really did appear on the flavour chart that’s deployed in these contests). But for the last three years, she’s been the culinary director and head chef of Two Good, […]

New podcast – Monty Koludrovic, The Dolphin, Icebergs Dining Room and Bar

November 30th, 2019  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Monty Koludrovic, The Dolphin, Icebergs Dining Room and Bar

“I was the guy who had the cream gun explode, trying to top the iced coffee.” Monty Koludrovic‘s early days in hospitality were “pretty calamitous”, but one triumph was ending up in the kitchen of The Boathouse at Blackwattle Bay. It was a meal there, at age 12 (that he can still recap with incredible […]

New podcast – Josh Niland, Saint Peter, Fish Butchery

September 15th, 2019  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Josh Niland, Saint Peter, Fish Butchery

Josh Niland can make fish scales taste like sugary cereal and fish eyeballs resemble prawn crackers. In his hands, seafood can become Christmas ham, mortadella and caramel slice. He can even turn calamari sperm into something you’d want to eat (no really)! His creative, waste-free approach to using every fin and scale is a response […]

New podcast – Jordan Toft, Bert’s, Coogee Pavilion, Bar Topa, The Collaroy

August 12th, 2019  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts, Travel | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Jordan Toft, Bert’s, Coogee Pavilion, Bar Topa, The Collaroy

Jordan Toft has been a chef for Saudi royalty and he’s run a chalet in the Haute-Savoie in the French Alps. In Sydney, he’s known for his work at Bert’s (which was nominated for New Restaurant of the Year in the last Gourmet Traveller restaurant awards), The Collaroy, Bar Topa and Coogee Pavilion. His next […]

New podcast – Kirsha Kaechele, Eat The Problem, MONA

August 5th, 2019  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Kirsha Kaechele, Eat The Problem, MONA

Sweet and sour cane-toad legs. Multiple cat recipes. A deadly cocktail you’re not meant to serve. These are some of the fascinating (and deliberately provocative) things you’ll find in Eat The Problem, the 544-page book by American artist and curator Kirsha Kaechele. It’s part cookbook and art project, with an impressive list of collaborators (including […]

New podcast – Ardyn Bernoth and Roslyn Grundy, Good Food and Good Food Guide

July 23rd, 2019  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Ardyn Bernoth and Roslyn Grundy, Good Food and Good Food Guide

Eating near a nuclear submarine base on a Chinese island and dining with Tamil tea pickers in Sri Lanka – these are some of the memorable meals that Ardyn Bernoth and Roslyn Grundy have experienced over the years. Given their many years covering food (Ardyn is currently the national editor of Good Food, Ros is […]

New podcast – Luke Burgess, Only In Tokyo

June 29th, 2019  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts, Travel | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Luke Burgess, Only In Tokyo

Tokyo isn’t the most obvious place to seek out pizza, but the wood-fired slices here are better than anything you’d find in Italy. That’s what chef Luke Burgess believes – and it’s a case he makes in Only In Tokyo, the new book he’s co-authored with fellow chef (and Japan-o-phile) Michael Ryan. In the podcast, […]

New podcast – Hugh Allen, Vue de Monde, Noma

June 19th, 2019  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Hugh Allen, Vue de Monde, Noma

You don’t need a roof or floor to run a great restaurant – that’s what Hugh Allen learnt while working at Noma’s Mexico pop-up. And yes, there were issues. “If it rained, the guests had to come sit in the kitchen,” he says. Simple things, like boiling water, became a mission that could take hours. […]

New podcast – Mark Best, The Final Table, Bistro by Mark Best, Marque

May 25th, 2019  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Mark Best, The Final Table, Bistro by Mark Best, Marque

Imagine being a 16-year-old working in a Western Australian gold mine. This was Mark Best’s life, straight after high school. It was a tough way to earn money as an electrician, so he eventually left. “I arrived in Sydney and found myself unqualified for above-ground work.” He ended up even deeper underground, claustrophobic and covered […]

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