Award-winning Kiwi chef Ben Shewry says he’s just getting started – interview by Dani Valent for the New Zealand Herald

Posted on Oct 18, 2016 in Blog, News | No Comments
Award-winning Kiwi chef Ben Shewry says he’s just getting started – interview by Dani Valent for the New Zealand Herald

Shewry in his kitchen garden at Ripponlea Estate. Photo: Nicole Cleary It was the tulips that caused the trouble. Last week they were pert and pretty, nodding in raised garden beds in Attica‘s backyard, waiting for diners to be led on a recalibrating, sense-enlivening pre-dessert stroll into the night. Customers would pluck a petal to […]

My top 17 Melbourne foodie spots

Posted on Aug 9, 2016 in Blog, News, Restaurant Reviews | No Comments
My top 17 Melbourne foodie spots

Alice In Frames aka Alice Zaslavsky featured me in her Chef’s Secrets column for The Weekly Review. In it I present my top picks for dining out in Melbourne: Brunch I review restaurants for the Sunday Age, including brunch spots. I was charmed by Glass Den in Coburg, a sprawling cafe in the old gatehouse at Pentridge Prison. […]

San Pellegrino Young Chef 2016 – Australia-Pacific

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 in Blog, News | No Comments
San Pellegrino Young Chef 2016 – Australia-Pacific

Last Sunday I went to Crown Culinarium in Melbourne to watch talented young chefs cook their hearts out for a who’s-who panel of Australia’s top chefs. The up-and-comers were competing to become the Pacific representative for the international San Pellegrino Young Chef competition. Wow, the pressure! The winner was Leslie Hottiaux (centre) from Apero Food & Wine in Auckland, […]

MJWF – Melbourne Jewish Writers Festival

Posted on May 22, 2016 in | No Comments

I’ll be chairing a panel featuring the authors and one contributor to the lovely book Every Bite Takes You Home. The book features recipes and stories from 16 asylum seekers who have made their home in Australia. Join Kalyan Ky, Gaye Weeden, Hayley Smorgon and myself at the MJWF. We’d love to see you there!

Wicked Chocolate Festival @ Prahran Market

Posted on May 7, 2016 in | No Comments

I’m a regular shopper at Prahran Market so I was thrilled when they asked me to host free chocolate cooking demos at the market’s first ever Wicked Chocolate Festival. (Psst, I’m going to sneak in a Thermomix demo of my own!) The festival is the brainchild of Prahran Market’s resident chocolatier Tad Lombardo. Check out his stall […]

Thermomix dairy demo @ Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Urban Dairy

Posted on Mar 11, 2016 in | No Comments

I’ll be hosting a Thermomix dairy demo as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival’s cool and creative cow hub, the Urban Dairy. Each year the festival turns Queensbridge Plaza into an unexpected food experience – last year it was a bakery, this year’s it’s all things dairy. My dairy demo program will include paneer (fresh Indian-style […]

SOLD OUT! MasterClass Hands On @ Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

Posted on Mar 5, 2016 in | No Comments

I’ll be hosting MasterClass Hands On at the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival. Come and get your hands dirty in your own cooking class with some of Melbourne’s most popular chefs. THIS EVENT NOW SOLD OUT!

Looking Ahead – 2016 Food Trends

Posted on Dec 29, 2015 in Blog, News | No Comments
Looking Ahead – 2016 Food Trends

Will 2016 see the demise of frankenfoods? My crystal ball is a little foggy but I feel safe in making a few 2016 predictions. We’ll be eating with gusto, drinking with glee and flocking to new places like geeks to Star Wars. What’s hot? Camel milk is the new coconut water. Seaweed is the new […]