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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 […]

New podcast – Phil Gandevia, Bentley Restaurant & Bar, Eau de Vie, The Roosevelt

April 18th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Phil Gandevia, Bentley Restaurant & Bar, Eau de Vie, The Roosevelt

A cocktail inspired by Charles Dickens? Or experimental beverages that include Weet Bix milk or charred Jerusalem artichoke? These are just some examples of Phil Gandevia’s highly inventive work – he’s an award-winning bartender who modestly describes himself as “the bar guy” at Bentley Restaurant & Bar, but there’s no other person I would trust […]

New podcast – Rob Caslick, Two Good

March 21st, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | 2 Comments »

New podcast – Rob Caslick, Two Good

Rob Caslick has designed lights for the blind, been deployed to Iraq as a naval boarding officer (where he intercepted illegal vessels smuggling oil in the aftermath of September 11), but if you like food, you probably know him for running Two Good. The company produces not-so-ordinary meals using recipes by Yottam Ottolenghi, Ben Shewry, […]

New podcast – Pasi Petanen and Giorgio de Maria, That’s Amore, Cafe Paci and Giorgio’s Fun Wines

March 2nd, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Pasi Petanen and Giorgio de Maria, That’s Amore, Cafe Paci and Giorgio’s Fun Wines

2016 Good Food Guide Chef of the Year (and one-time skilled marksman for the Finnish army) Pasi Petanen was done with pop-ups. He’d scored plenty of acclaim for his one-off Cafe Paci restaurant – which was only meant to stick around for a year, but got extended to two and a half years by popular […]

New podcast – Danielle Alvarez, Fred’s

February 16th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Danielle Alvarez, Fred’s

Danielle Alvarez studied art history, but luckily for us, she realised that it was food that monopolised her thoughts – after all, she can happily identify the “eggshell crust” on a Cuban sandwich and was always prioritising her next cooking project. So she decided to spend her life in kitchens. Danielle’s first-ever gig was at […]

New podcast – Toby Wilson, Ghostboy Cantina

January 7th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Toby Wilson, Ghostboy Cantina

It was dragonboat racing – of all things – that led to Toby Wilson running his own cafe at 22. The Wedge Espresso in Glebe was a sliver of a space; when it launched, Toby managed to run the whole place with just a sandwich press and a fridge – “that was all my cooking […]

New podcast – Lauren Eldridge, Pei Modern, Marque

December 19th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Lauren Eldridge, Pei Modern, Marque

In the last year, Lauren Eldridge has worked at the world’s best restaurant (Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana), impressed the greatest living Italian chef with fairy bread and a punch to the face, whipped dessert with ropes in India and rolled croissants in Paris with Guy Savoy, the ‘magician of French cuisine’. Not bad for someone […]

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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.

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