Episodes
Atlas is a dining experience like no other. Every four months, Executive Chef and Director, Charlie Carrington travels to different parts of the world and brings back his culinary delights for his eager patrons. But Covid has made that a little tricky. Gary Mehigan chats with Charlie about the changes he's had to make and what the future of fine dining looks like.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 11/25/20
After eight years at Tetsuya’s, Darren spread his wings and opened his own restaurants, 'Three Blue Ducks' and 'Rocker'. Now based in Byron Bay, Darren talks to Gary Mehigan about fine-dining, family and what the lifestyles of the rich and famous in Byron Bay actually looks like.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 11/11/20
This enigmatic and excitable celebrity chef is as charming as they come. Based in Brisbane, Alastair is most recognisable as a regular guest on Ready, Steady, Cook, Queensland Weekender and ABC Radio. In this chat with Gary Mehigan, Alastair recalls the troubles back home in Ireland, his journey into food and reminisces on some beautiful memories of his dad.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 10/28/20
Masterchef contestant and Noosa Chef, Matt Sinclair had a sudden and abrupt rise to fame after becoming a fan-favourite on the 8th season of the show. But in this candid interview with Gary Mehigan Matt explains how the fear of what might happen almost stopped him in his tracks and how that uncertainty is still a battle he faces daily.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 10/14/20
Design guru Neale Whitaker, as seen on The Block and Love it or List it Australia, has a long and illustrious history in the food magazine scene. He's also published his own food book titled "The Accidental Foodie". In this episode with Gary Mehigan, Neale discusses how his father's death changed him, his career highlights and the long and winding road called life. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 09/30/20
The energy of this man is astounding. Elijah Holland started baking when he was 9, took his first apprenticeship at 13 and his first head chef position at 21 - which in the cheffing world is unbelievable. Gary Mehigan and Elijah discuss hunting your own food, personal drive, motivation and how to get the most out of life and your food. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Published 09/16/20
He's best known as Chef and Owner of restaurants Maha and Biggie Smalls, as well as a TV host and author but Shane Delia's story is much deeper than that. Shane talks to Gary Mehigan about his near death experience in Iran, the pride in his Maltese heritage and never wanting to disappoint his father ever again.  See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Published 09/02/20
Craig Dickson, CEO of Nomad Coffee Group and the Managing Director of Veneziano Coffee, has spent his life travelling the globe in search of the world's best coffee. From the dangers of sourcing coffee in El Salvador to the posse of body guards required in Guatemala, Craig's seen it all. He speaks with Gary Mehigan about the sourcing and lifecycle of a coffee bean, the benefits of micro climates and ultimately how that cup of coffee ends up as part of your morning routine.     
Published 08/19/20
She was a contestant on the first Masterchef, but Justine Schofield hasn't slowed down since winning the hearts of Australia in 2009. She's been hosting the daytime cooking program 'Everyday Gourmet' for 10 years with over 900 episodes under her belt and has even been a contestant on "I'm a Celebrity Get Me Outta Here!". Justine and Gary Mehigan talk French cuisine, life before and after Masterchef and the physical and mental toll that filming 900 episodes of a tv show can take on a person.
Published 08/05/20
Grant Smillie is a Melbourne raised entrepreneur who started his career as a house music producer and DJ and then went on to win two ARIA Awards. He's now based in LA and has opened up two of the city's hottest restaurants - E.P and L.P. Gary Mehigan speaks with Grant about his transition from music to food, what the LA lifestyle is like and what Liam Hemsworth's drink of choice is. 
Published 07/22/20
Scott Pickett admittedly has left a trail of guilt and shame behind him, but from the ashes he has risen and become one of Melbourne's top chefs and an incredibly loving human. In this candid chat with Gary Mehigan, Scott talks about his responsibility to his staff, his kids and himself, and how the road to recovery is paved with some dark twists and turns. 
Published 07/08/20
Jerry Mai is one of the first chefs to bring authentic Vietnamese flavours to Melbourne’s kitchens. She continues to be a culinary leader whose paddock to plate ethos and no-fuss attitude is winning friends and fans in Melbourne and afield. But in the midst of Covid Jerry has had to do an extreme pivot to keep the business operating. Gary Mehigan and Jerry talk about family, heritage, tradition and navigating the new normal of the hospitality industry. 
Published 06/24/20
How does the owner of one of the world's best restaurants pivot during a global crisis? Born in New Zealand Ben Shewry's philosophy is rooted in indigenous ingredients and his restaurant Attica has received numerous awards, but none of this matters to Ben, what matters more is his connection to his heritage, the people he surrounds himself with every day and the 'great gift' of cooking. In part 1 Ben talks to Gary Mehigan about life back home, nearly getting beat up for dating the wrong girl...
Published 06/10/20
How does the owner of one of the world's best restaurants pivot during a global crisis? Born in New Zealand Ben Shewry's philosophy is rooted in indigenous ingredients and his restaurant Attica has received numerous awards, but none of this matters to Ben, what matters more is his connection to his heritage, the people he surrounds himself with every day and the 'great gift' of cooking. In part 2 Ben talks to Gary Mehigan about struggles with his own depression, his new soup kitchen and the...
Published 06/10/20
Arguably the most successful restauranteur in the country with restaurants like the Paddington Inn, Aria, Chiswick, Opera Bar and more but his origin story is completely unexpected. Gary Mehigan and Matt Moran talk about Matt’s unlikely start in the hospitality business and how as a kid he didn’t even care about food. So what turned him into the chef, restaurant owner and media mogul we all know today? https://mattmoran.com.au/  
Published 01/01/20
She hopped a ship to France when she was a young girl and spent years travelling and experiencing what life had to offer. Then, when Stephanie Alexander finally came back to Australia with an unexpected boyfriend and the wind in her sails, she changed the way this country eats. Now she’s setting her sights on the way children learn where their food comes from and how best to teach them to grow and make their own meals with the ‘Kitchen Garden Foundation’. She chats to Gary Mehigan about a...
Published 01/01/20
Not often a book comes along that changes the entire way you think about food. Matthew Evans book ‘On Eating Meat’ is one of those. Filled with insights and explorations around the meat, dairy and agriculture industry, it’s not one to miss. He now has a new book out called ‘The Commons’ and Gary and Matthew discussed ethical meat eating, the costs of being human and how to open up dialogue around these important issues.  https://fatpig.farm/
Published 01/01/20
They met one fateful night when Cath asked Darren if he ‘wanted to get out of here’, and these two star-crossed lovers have shared a life of sweet making ever since. Their signature store Burch and Purchese houses some of the most delectable treats you could ever imagine and has been frequented by some pretty impressive celebs. Gary Mehigan hears stories from Cath and Darren about Ed Sheeran, a billionaire con-artist and a Greek island filled with stolen...
Published 01/01/20
Is there a kinder way to produce dairy? Cathy Palmer believes there is. She runs a small farm called How Now Milk and is taking on the dairy industry with her milk practices, but it’s all come at a cost. Gary Mehigan and Cathy talk about the difficulties in trying to make it in the male-dominant industry of dairy and he also discovers that Cathy has quite an unexpected past, but one that serves her well when working with stubborn cows. https://hownowdairy.com.au/
Published 01/01/20
Published 01/01/20
Food is not just about how you cook in the kitchen: it's about where the food comes from, the path for ingredients from farm to plate, the love and passion that goes into making the final dish and the sharing of food with the people important to you. Masterchef judge Gary Mehigan chats to people for whom food is everything - it's the love that goes into sourcing ingredients, creating the recipes and sharing that love of the process with others. Each dish has a much bigger story than just the...
Published 10/31/19
Pete Evans believes that food should be our first port of call for a healthier life and by embracing it in all its glory we can all become better, healthier and happier versions of ourselves. Gary Mehigan chats with Pete about some of his more controversial views, how his attitudes have changed over the years and that sunscreen incident that landed Pete in some pretty hot water.  
Published 09/02/19
She’s a popular tv presenter and journalist seen on the Project, but Gorgi Coghlan is hiding a secret – she’s also a farmer. Gary Mehigan chats with Gorgi about her property on the outskirts of Geelong where she resides with her husband and kids, and the Provincial Hotel B&B of which she knows. They talk about the balance of Gorgi’s career in front of the camera with shovelling horse manure into her trailer at home. Her life is a dichotomy of extremes where every day she dusts off her...
Published 09/02/19
The hospitality industry has traditionally gone hand in hand with mental health issues. From late nights, stressful days, lack of daylight and sometimes a reliance on drug and alcohol to sustain people, it can take its toll. Nathan Toleman is changing all that. Gary Mehigan chats with Nathan, the owner of several of Melbourne’s most iconic cafes (Top Paddock, Higher Ground, Kettle Black) about his new venture, Common Ground - a farm and cafe just outside of Melbourne where chefs and...
Published 09/02/19
She’s most famous for her work with the D-Generation, Working Dog and now as one half of the hugely popular afternoon show on Triple M, but Jane Kennedy is a foodie at heart. With three cookbooks under her name that include the hugely popular “Fabulous Food”, Jane’s attitude is all about having fun in the kitchen while making sure the kids are fed a healthy and delicious meal. Gary Mehigan talks to Jane about her love of food, social media, her life with comedian partner Rob Sitch and how she...
Published 09/02/19