Episodes
There are many that carve out incredible careers in the hospitality sector, but few have an ability to re-imagine food and carve a new path for Australian cuisine. Brent Savage (The Bentley Group) had humble beginnings, but his fascination in cooking methods, and natural creative flair have taken many guests to new, uncharted places on the plate. https://www.bentleyrestaurantgroup.com.au/bentley-restaurant-bar Follow The Crackling https://www.instagram.com/thecracklingpodcast/ Follow...
Published 12/09/22
Will Ziebell is the senior journalist at The Crafty Pint and has been covering the ebbs and flows of Australia’s craft beer industry since 2016. Today he joins me to enlighten us on the culture of craft beer and its place here in the land down under. https://craftypint.com Follow Over a Glass https://www.instagram.com/overtheglasspod  Host Shanteh Wale https://www.instagram.com/shantehwale/?hl=en Executive Producer Rob Locke https://www.instagram.com/foodwinedine/ Executive Producer...
Published 12/07/22
Last time we caught up with Doug Fraser we spoke of the intense local down of Sydney’s northern suburbs, namely around his restaurant Lovat. A lot has changed, including the opening of a new restaurant, the Basin Dining Room. https://www.basindining.com.au Follow Deep In The Weeds on Instagram    https://www.instagram.com/deepintheweedspodcast/?hl=en Follow Huck https://www.instagram.com/huckstergram/ Follow Rob Locke (Executive...
Published 12/07/22
For anyone carving a path, mentors that have done it all before can help the emerging talent navigate the challenges. What does it take to have a meaningful and rich career in the industry and leave an indelible mark too. Industry legend Lisa Van Haandel joins us to share a few yarns from an incredible career spanning 3.5 decades. https://www.instagram.com/lisavanhaandel/?hl=en Follow Deep In The Weeds on Instagram    https://www.instagram.com/deepintheweedspodcast/?hl=en Follow...
Published 12/06/22
Lucy Mackenzie and her husband Herb were running a drought-affected cattle farm with cashflow issues when they decided to branch out into free-range geese. It’s been hard. It’s been huge. They moved the whole operation from northern New South Wales to southern Victoria on the eve of the pandemic, reestablishing both farm and family. Along the way U Goose has pleased discerning poultry purveyors, won the hearts of some of Australia’s top chefs and turned Lucy Mackenzie into a huge geese...
Published 12/05/22
2 years ago, in one of the first Fishtales Seafood Podcast broadcasts, we caught up with Greenfish, a South African supplier of sustainable, fresh fish.  Born of Founder Ryan Nienaber's love for fishing and the ocean, Greenfish the family run business services restaurant, hospitality and wholesale seafood businesses with high quality, seasonal and locally-sourced seafood, much of it, literally caught on handline by Ryan. As the onset of covid ravaged the foodservice industry, Ryan and his...
Published 12/05/22
After growing up in a hospitality family Simon Denton (Kaku-Uchi, Izakaya Den) felt a natural lure to a career in hospitality. An icon of the Melbourne culinary landscape, he’s been responsible for some of the city’s most important venues, and helped carve a path for Japanese cuisine down under. https://www.izakayaden.com.au/kakuuchi Follow Deep In The Weeds on Instagram    https://www.instagram.com/deepintheweedspodcast/?hl=en Follow Huck https://www.instagram.com/huckstergram/ Follow...
Published 12/04/22
With a Croatian heritage Daniel Dobra (Market Bistro, Queensland) grew up in a household where food was front and centre, It wasn't uncommon to eat anything from crayfish on the charcoal grill to a pig on the spit for family gatherings. It was only natural he’d end up carving out a career in the food industry. https://marketbistro.com.au Follow The Crackling https://www.instagram.com/thecracklingpodcast/ Follow Huck https://www.instagram.com/huckstergram/ Follow Rob Locke (Executive...
Published 12/02/22
With access to incredible produce and food from a young age in Northern France Alexis Besseau (Restaurant Hubert) knew he wanted to be a chef from the age of 7. After cutting his teeth in Paris, he set his sites on the world and landed in Australia. Buoyed and surprised by the standard of produce and opportunity afforded to chefs, he worked his way up the ranks, built a life in Australia, and now runs the kitchen of one of the most important restaurants of the last...
Published 11/30/22
Andrew Quin is chief winemaker of Hentley Farm Wines in the Barossa Valley, their focus is on exceptional wines and more importantly memorable experiences. Andrew joins me to chat about life and making wine in Australia’s most renowned wine region. https://www.hentleyfarm.com.au Follow Over a Glass https://www.instagram.com/overtheglasspod  Host Shanteh Wale https://www.instagram.com/shantehwale/?hl=en Executive Producer Rob Locke https://www.instagram.com/foodwinedine/ Executive...
Published 11/30/22
Growing up in Southern Tasmania, a region now widely celebrated for its incredible produce, Lilly Trewartha (LT Events, Tasmania) experienced a lifestyle built around appreciating the bounty of nature. Although she fought the urge to enter the food industry, she finally relented after finding inspiration from an unlikely place. It set off a series of connections that has led her to create her own events company that celebrates regional Tasmanian produce and Japanese technique in equal...
Published 11/29/22
One of the most under-utilised species in the world of seafood is the seafood marketer. Creating demand for seafood is a task that is mostly mis-understood by the entire seafood supply chain from catchers to cooks. Sally James is an Australian Chef who has been tirelessly promoting Australian Seafood for over 35 years, 22 years of which have been from her base in the United States. Sally’s knowledge, skills and commitment are only surpassed by her genuine love of seafood and a desire to see...
Published 11/28/22
Chooks At The Rooke is owned by Xavier Prime and Kimberley Burridge. Along with a small team, they produce Premium Pastured Eggs centred around Animal Welfare and Sustainable Farming Practises. But even more interestingly, they’re started rearing Cockerels that would not have otherwise had the full rich lives they’re now experiencing. https://chooksattherooke.com Follow The Producers on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/producerspodcast/ Host Dani...
Published 11/28/22
After 20 years on the pans in some of Australia’s best restaurants, Nathan Sasi (Bar Copains, Surry Hills) headed to Adelaide with his wife to open a venue that celebrated wine as much as it did food. But when the pandemic hit the mental and financial strain was keeping him from vital time with his young family. He quit the industry he knows and loves. But after a 2 year sojourn, he’s back, teaming up with Morgan McGlone with a new concept in one of Sydney’s most popular food...
Published 11/27/22
There are many paths to a career in food. Some come from families that place food at the heart of everything, others land on food out of necessity and discover a whole new enticing world. Jimmy Richardson’s (Leonard’s Bar and bistro, Brisbane) food journey began as a child, going home from school for lunch where he’d take control of the kitchen and create pasta or rice meals for himself while his mother was at work. https://www.leonardsanddawn.com.au Follow The...
Published 11/25/22
Ashley Huntington is an extraordinary soul, owner of Two Metre Tall Brewing he is a jack of all trades with a mind that works in truly fascinating ways. Today Ale is the tale told from his piece of land in the Derwent Valley of Tasmania, Ashley crafts some of the most thought provoking, interesting and downright tasty beverages in Australia. https://2mt.com.au Follow Over a Glass https://www.instagram.com/overtheglasspod  Host Shanteh...
Published 11/23/22
Needing to connect with produce and create a better life for his young family after a stellar career in some of Sydney’s best restaurants Tom Deadman (Bistro Moncur, Sydney) moved to regional France and began growing his own produce. But, when a call came through with an opportunity to run one of Australia’s most-respected French-inspired institutions, he couldn’t say no. https://www.instagram.com/bigchefruss/?hl=en Follow Deep In The Weeds on...
Published 11/23/22
Food and celebrations around the table played an integral role in growing up in Israel, but Meira Harel (Another Kind, Adelaide) never dreamed of a career in hospitality. Set on a career in sport, it wasn't until an accident forced her to look for another field, and hospitality landed on her doorstep. In 2012 she moved to Melbourne and began an extraordinary journey in some of Australia’s best restaurants and fast becoming one of the best sommeliers downunder. Now she’s leading a small...
Published 11/22/22
Yarrie Bangura is the founder and owner of Aunty’s Ginger Tonic. Her delicious beverage is a vehicle for her entrepreneurial ambitions and a tribute to something she grew up making and enjoying as a child in Sierra Leone. After the good times turned to hard times, Yarrie ended up coming to Australia as a 12-year-old refugee. She sees her business as a way of showcasing remembered joys of her birthplace and contributing to the country she now calls...
Published 11/21/22
Picking up a casual job washing dishes while at university David Swain (Fino Seppeltsfield, Fino Vino) felt a magnetic pull to the energy of the commercial kitchen. After being thrown the tongs and apron when more hands were needed in the kitchen, he never looked back. After cutting his teeth in the UK and Melbourne, he has become one of the most important chefs of the modern era, setting the agenda for regional dining and what it truly means to cook with local...
Published 11/20/22
Peter Booth is not a chef, in fact Peter is a lawyer. Which is why we can’t show you his face on the airwaves. A few years ago he became interested in charcuterie and went on a journey into the art of charcuterie which culminated in the release of A Charcuterie Diary. https://acharcuteriediary.com.au Follow The Crackling https://www.instagram.com/thecracklingpodcast/ Follow Huck https://www.instagram.com/huckstergram/ Follow Rob Locke (Executive...
Published 11/18/22
The fishermen of Burano are as special as the region itself. Whilst the creep of climate change, the demands of faster life and the inevitbable costs of being an artisan all impact their life, they are amongst the most passionate, enthusiastic and committed people I have met in the seafood industry. Fisherman Massimo Tagliapietra and artist Allison Zurfluh are locals from the island of Burano, the epicentre of artisanal fishing in the Northern area of the Venetian...
Published 11/17/22
Born in New Zealand, John Rankin (Taphouse, SA) moved to Melbourne as a young adult to begin his chef apprenticeship. With over 20 years manning the pans of hatted and award-winning venues in Singapore, the United Kingdom, Sydney and Adelaide he’s now taken up the challenge of connecting with local producers in McLaren Vale, South Australia and championing it on a menu that's truly his own. https://www.valebrewing.com.au/taphouse/ Follow Deep In The Weeds on...
Published 11/16/22
After working for over 20 years around the world in 5-star hotels and Michelin starred restaurants in Italy, Luca Ciano has bult an incredible career downunder. Inspired by the food of his family, and his experiences in Australia he has been able to create a presence on film, in print and with a retail line of sauces that combine all rely on his canny modern approach to traditional recipes. https://www.lucaciano.com Follow Deep In The Weeds on...
Published 11/15/22