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New podcast – Jock Zonfrillo, Orana, Blackwood Bistro

January 20th, 2018  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

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)

December 31st, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

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 […]

New podcast – Morgan McGlone, Belles Hot Chicken

December 22nd, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Morgan McGlone, Belles Hot Chicken

Morgan McGlone’s fried chicken has scored a standing ovation. At an event run Noma’s René Redzepi, no less. Feeding the top chefs at MAD, the famous Copenhagen food symposium, is just one of many memorable instances of Morgan’s eventful career. Long before he launched Belles Hot Chicken, Morgy started out cooking for huge volumes of Japanese […]

New podcast – Ben Shewry, Attica

November 19th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | 1 Comment »

New podcast – Ben Shewry, Attica

Ben Shewry’s Attica is ranked #32 in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list and it’s Restaurant of the Year in the first national Good Food Guide – but according to his son Kobe, Attica is “not bad” for a restaurant that doesn’t have a burger on the menu. Many years before Ben gained international acclaim […]

New podcast – Sarah Doyle, Bodega, Porteno, Continental Deli Bar Bistro

November 12th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | 1 Comment »

Continental Deli Bar Bistro, Newtown. Photo: Hollie Adams

Sarah Doyle has played a pivotal role in Sydney’s hospitality scene. But there was a time she worked three jobs just to help keep Bodega running. It was the first restaurant she opened with husband and chef Elvis Abrahanowicz, fellow co-owner and chef Ben Milgate and their business partner/sommelier Joe Valore. And it was a game-changer […]

New podcast – David McGuinness, Bourke Street Bakery, The Bread and Butter Project

November 3rd, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – David McGuinness, Bourke Street Bakery, The Bread and Butter Project

David McGuinness has frequently taken his sourdough starter on holidays with him to keep it alive. “You have to feed it regularly, like a baby,” he says. This dedication to bread is not surprising, given that he’s the co-founder of Bourke Street Bakery, the Sydney institution that is loved for everything from its chocolate ganache tarts […]

New podcast – Shannon Martinez, Smith and Daughters, Smith and Deli

October 22nd, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Shannon Martinez, Smith and Daughters, Smith and Deli

“The chef said he was going to the bank and never came back.” Shannon Martinez was working as a bartender at The East Brunswick hotel in Melbourne when she was asked to take over the kitchen. She happened to put a vegan parma on the menu and it blew up – the pub sold close […]

New podcast – Brent Savage, Bentley, Monopole, Yellow, Cirrus

October 19th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Brent Savage, Bentley, Monopole, Yellow, Cirrus

“It was an old smashed-up pub that had no floor and no ceiling and no roof.” It wasn’t the greatest site, but Brent Savage and his business partner Nick Hildebrandt (somehow) transformed it into Bentley, the first restaurant they’d ever open together. 11 years later, they now run four acclaimed Sydney venues, including Monopole, an award-winning […]

New podcast – Duncan Welgemoed, Africola

October 3rd, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Duncan Welgemoed, Africola

Duncan Welgemoed has the most incredible “becoming a chef” origin story I’ve ever heard – it’s a crazy tale that also involves George Clooney and ends with Duncan quitting his job by escaping through a window. Duncan was prepping chicken intestines from the age of eight in South Africa, so maybe it’s no surprise he […]

New podcast – Katherine Sabbath, baker and author of ‘Greatest Hits’

September 22nd, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | 1 Comment »

New podcast – Katherine Sabbath, baker and author of ‘Greatest Hits’

Some people have tattoos of Katherine Sabbath’s desserts – that’s how committed they are to her cakes. Given that the self-taught baker has around 400,000 followers, it’s not a surprise that fans are so dedicated. Katherine’s blockbuster creations range from a Palm Springs wedding cake to a cantilevered cake with hardware parts that she made […]

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