I love to cook. But i love people cooking for me just as much. And i’ve had UK-based celebrity chef Anjum Anand cooking wicked Indian curries with me in my kitchen for the past week — well, almost. Continue reading
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It’s 11am and I’m in a bar in San Sebastian, the culinary capital of Spain’s Basque region. Despite the in-between meals hour, the bar is laden with plates of pintxos, or tapas. The locals eat pintxos at all hours, and I’m here to meet one of the locals: Elena Arzak, who runs Arzak restaurant – ranked eighth on the list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2013 – with her father, Juan Mari. Read the full article here.
It’s ironic that John Ralley, head pastry chef at Sydney’s Wildfire restaurant, has a hairdryer on his work bench. Tattoos cover just about every inch of his visible flesh, he wears a black ear gauge that has stretched the lobe to a gaping hole, and has a shock of dark, unkempt hair.
But it wasn’t Ralley’s unruly locks that were destined to be blow-dried. It was the blown-sugar apricot he was attempting to cool before he could embark on the next stage of his four-textured apricot dessert: filling it with exquisite mousse. Read the full article in The Australian Financial Review.
I’m starting to feel a little excited. It’s like the week leading up to your birthday and you’re pretty damn sure that the present hints you’ve dropped have been heeded. The reason for my excitement is that the Omnivore French food festival hits Sydney — the penultimate destination of its 2013 world tour. It’s a bit like a busman’s holiday, for chefs. Only i’m pretty sure they will be jetting in and, technically, it’s not a holiday. But you can’t come to Sydney in summer and just work, right? So what’s it all about? Continue reading