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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 […]

New podcast – Mike Bennie, Rootstock

November 20th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | 1 Comment »

New podcast – Mike Bennie, Rootstock

In a past life, Mike Bennie used to help famous figures like Russell Crowe, A Tribe Called Quest, Baby John Burgess, as well as (future Prime Minister) Malcolm Turnbull and then Lord Mayor Lucy Turnbull pick wines. The Rootstock Sydney co-founder and award-winning wine communicator takes us on a few flashbacks to that memorable time […]

New podcast – Nancy Singleton Hachisu, Preserving the Japanese Way and Japanese Farm Food

November 16th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Nancy Singleton Hachisu, Preserving the Japanese Way and Japanese Farm Food

Arriving as an exchange student from California, Nancy Singleton Hachisu originally planned a short visit to Japan, but 26 years later – she’s still there. A relationship with a Japanese organic farmer is what upended her plans and saw her settling into an 80-something-old farmhouse that’s been passed down his family for multiple generations. During […]

New podcast – Glen Goodwin, Bentley Restaurant & Bar, Monopole, Yellow

October 1st, 2016  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | Leave A Comment »

New podcast – Glen Goodwin, Bentley Restaurant & Bar, Monopole, Yellow

The band Kiss has played a surprising role in Glen Goodwin’s career. A love of the group led to his first job, as delivery boy to restaurateurs such as Neil Perry. It also played a pivotal part in how he ended up in New York. He worked there for 12 years – with bosses such […]

New podcast – Ibrahim Kasif, Stanbuli

August 29th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Latest, Podcasts | 1 Comment »

New podcast – Ibrahim Kasif, Stanbuli

“The fire was creeping up on me,” says Ibrahim Kasif. “It was pretty scary.” He was working at Porteno – on what was meant to be a normal day – when smoke began to billow through the atrium. He headed up to to the roof to check for problems – and found it raging with […]

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