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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 […]

New podcast – Lennox Hastie, Firedoor

September 7th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | 2 Comments »

New podcast – Lennox Hastie, Firedoor

Massimo Bottura once cried while eating Lennox Hastie’s food at Firedoor. When the chef behind Osteria Francescana, named world’s best restaurant in 2016, tears up while eating your steak, you must be doing something right. Perhaps that’s why Lennox was compelled to smuggle his signature dry-aged meat all the way to Italy when he visited Bottura […]

New podcast – Donato Toce, Gelato Messina, Messina Creative Department

August 25th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Donato Toce, Gelato Messina, Messina Creative Department

Yes, Donato Toce has gelato for breakfast. And he actually gets paid for it – it’s part of his job. He is the “cow milker, sugar hauler, head chef and gelatiere” at Gelato Messina, the much-loved Sydney institution that sells desserts such as Elvis The Fat Years, Robert Brownie Jr, Biggie S’Mores, This Is How […]

New podcast – Jill Dupleix, Australia’s Top 100 Restaurants

August 8th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Jill Dupleix, Australia’s Top 100 Restaurants

Jill Dupleix grew up as the daughter of a sheep farmer and took an unusual route to becoming a food writer – it involved a phone book, a bike ride and a stint in the world of advertising. And meeting Terry Durack: “We hated each other on sight.” They not only married each other, they […]

New podcast – Clayton Wells, Automata

July 20th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Clayton Wells, Automata

“It was pretty crazy, actually,” says Clayton Wells about opening Momofuku Seiobo in 2011, but he could also be describing the incredible response to his solo restaurant Automata. Since Automata’s launch in late 2015, Clayton has been named Australia’s Hottest Chef by The Weekend Australian magazine, Time Out Sydney gave him their Chef of the […]

New podcast – Nikki To, Food Photographer

July 5th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Nikki To, Food Photographer

Nikki To’s first shoots involved helicopters – an interesting challenge as she is “kind of afraid of heights”! Becoming a food photographer was an unlikely progression from her original plans to be a human rights lawyer, but her eventual career path led to her work appearing in Broadsheet, Gourmet Traveller, the Qantas in-flight mag and even Swedish Gourmet […]

New podcast – Mike McEnearney, Kitchen By Mike, No 1 Bent St, Carriageworks

May 29th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Mike McEnearney, Kitchen By Mike, No 1 Bent St, Carriageworks

Mike McEnearney’s career has been full of surprising turns. Sure, he’s worked for Neil Perry and Gordon Ramsay – but also for Damien Hirst, running the controversial artist’s Pharmacy restaurant, where even the toilets were unlike anything you’d predict. He’s been involved with hatted and Michelin-starred restaurants, but also sold home-made bread in the car park […]

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