March 14, 2020
It’s a glorious but tough gig working your way up the professional culinary ladder. Working long hours, in sometimes hot and cramped spaces, giving so much of yourself for very little in return. You can understand why many don’t end up choosing to be a chef. However, those that do, that stick at it and find a great employer, an inspiring mentor, a platform that allows them to shine. Those young chefs have a light in their eyes and a fire inside them that demonstrates just how rewarding a career carved in a professional kitchen can be. So it was with great interest that I accepted an invitation from San Pellegrino last year to travel to Sydney and watch the San Pellegrino Young Chef Pacific Region Finals where 10 outstanding young chefs would put their hearts on a plate in front of some of Australia's culinary heavyweights.
Listen in to this inspirational competition as it unfolds and meet our three New Zealand finalists, one of whom went on to win the Fine Dining Lovers Food For Thought Award. The S.Pellegrino Young Chef Awards Final is scheduled to take place in May in Milan. At the time of posting this episode we are still awaiting updates on the event date. A huge thank you to the large cast of legendary hospo people in this episode...
Danielle Alvarez Jock Zonfrillo Christine Manfield Peter Gilmore Michael Meredith Ryan Henly Marc De Passorio
So proud of you Abhijit Dey, Giada Grilli & Andrew Tranter and congratulations to Jose Lorenzo Morales at Lume in Melbourne who was announced the Young Chef Pacific Region winner.
January 24, 2020
So very sad to hear of the passing of chef Tony Bilson. Here's a tiny bite from a chat we had 10 years ago. I remember him being so excited as he told me about his recent trip to Northeast Arnhem Land and the cooking techniques learned from the Yolngu people. Techniques that are now being experimented with by many young chefs. Tony played such an important part in the developing Aussie food culture across an incredible career. His 2011 book Insatiable is one of my favourites...
October 31, 2019
Why are the foods of some nationalities commonly described as ethnic, but not others? Is the yearly list of cheap eats regularly delivered by many food publications becoming problematic? Is there a general perception that Asian food should be cheap? Can New Zealand compete in the high-end Asian restaurant scene? Do we care?
Cuisine editor Kelli Brett tackles these questions alongside a stellar cast of food experts in this episode of Cuisine Bites. Buckle up! It's a doozy!
David Myers - Adrift, Paul Greening - Aqua Kyoto, Justin Quek- Justin, Chris Will - Sky City, Nic Watt - Masu, Tony Tan - Hong Kong Food City, Vinci Gin-Nen - Savour, Jessabel Granada - Nanam, Antony Suvalko - Red Pork Press, Sid Sahrawat - SIDART, Manish Mehrotra - Indian Accent.
September 13, 2019
Springtime in New York offered Cuisine editor Kelli Brett conversations inside the kitchens of two exceptional but very different chefs, at very different stages within their brilliant careers. Listen in to the diverse approach of chefs Eric Ripert & Matt Lambert to the highs and lows, the pressures and the excitement of running a Michelin starred restaurant in one of the worlds most competitive restaurant hot spots...
July 26, 2019
Cuisine editor Kelli Brett explores that wonderful occurrence, the Chef's Collab. The opportunity as a diner to experience the flavours, techniques and approach of a visiting chef that you may not usually have access to. You'll hear from 3 incredible chefs that are winging their way to New Zealand to perform alongside local chefs at Visa Wellington on a Plate 2019; Sara Kramer from restaurant Kismet, LA; London's Ravinder Bhogal from restaurant Jikoni, London; Margot Henderson from The Rochelle Canteen, London.
Plus, a little closer to home chefs Nic Watt and Chris Will from Masu at Sky City Auckland are teaming up with chef Casey Mcdonald for a taste of Craggy Range.
Nic says it is shaping up to be a bit of a ripper...
June 4, 2019
In the aftermath of the Christchurch terror attacks, discover the power that the sharing of food can bring to the table. Hear local chef Simo Abbari describe how he will use food to build a new bridge to understanding, respect and connection for all Kiwis. Listen as Cuisine editor Kelli Brett asks hospo professionals Ben Shewry and Sid & Chand Sahrawat to share the outcomes of their tremendous initiatives to support the Christchurch victims and their families. #proudlynewzealand
April 19, 2019
Chef Massimo Bottura has made the TIME magazine list of the 100 most influential people on our planet. Cuisine editor Kelli Brett shares an intimate conversation with this super heavyweight within the world of gastronomy recorded back in 2012 during the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival 20th anniversary celebrations. Much has changed, or has it? Have a listen...
March 3, 2019
Cuisine editor Kelli Brett brings you the latest food news and chats with Lauraine Jacobs, past president of Food Writers New Zealand, the food columnist for the NZ Listener magazine and an internationally respected food and drink writer and author. Fiercely passionate about New Zealand food and in particular the promotion of regional food and artisan producers. Have a listen as Lauraine shares some of her delicious stories from the past and her thoughts about the brilliant future of the New Zealand food story.
December 19, 2018
Cuisine Editor Kelli Brett takes Heston Blumenthal out for lunch and has some very Sassy Chats with New Zealand women in hospitality.