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Books, Chefs, Cooking

My molecular recipe challenges

Well look what landed in my in tray this week – Molecular Gastronomy: Exploring the Science of Flavor (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History) and Heston Blumenthal: In Search of Perfection: Reinventing Kitchen Classics. Having recently spent an afternoon in the kitchen with Robin Wickens, a local chef of a similar ilk, I’ve become quite interested in the whole idea of molecular gastronomy. I’ve decided to try a few experiments of my own – the first […]


Vote for the wooden chef

News reaches me from the moles at Holy Moly that Delia Smith is being sexed up in a Jamie Oliver way for her next TV show. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Delia she is very precise, foolproof, a bit boring and possibly one of the richest women in England. She even owns her own football club, Norwich City. But she hardly is Gordon “fucking” Ramsay or Jamie “cheeky chappy” Oliver material. For her next series she will […]


Last of Gordon Ramsay for this year

Gordon Ramsay: “Ladies, I’m 100% real, there’s no need to pinch quite THAT hard!” Ellie the Kitchen Wench received a pack of Monsieur Truffe raspberry truffles for her winning entry (above) to my Gordon Ramsay caption competition. I think she liked them. She says: “…oh lordy, I don’t think that taking a bite of chocolate has ever made me whimper before…” Food fascist 1. No more Gordon Ramsay this year please 2. Enough of Monsieur Truffe. Gorged on 15 yesterday


Gordon Ramsay visits penis-shaped house

[youtube:]Gordon Ramsay visits larger than life presenter Jeremy Clarkson. Not only is Jeremy Clarkson so rich that he lives on the tax haven of the Isle of Man but he also lives in a penis-shaped house.But his very small… well you watch it to find out.I found this very funny on a hot afternoon.


Gordon Ramsay lands in Melbourne

CAPTION COMPETITION: Kylie (left) and Monique from the Tomato posse want your caption suggestions. Monsieur Truffe truffles for the winners. I’ve a bloody awful headache but it went something like this: Tomato: “My friend Neil wants to know why you didn’t just kick Marco Pierre White in the bollocks.” Gordon Ramsay: “We scrapped a couple of times times…” Tomato: “I read Marco’s book and it’s a bit crap. just settling scores and telling everybody how good he is.” Gordon Ramsay: […]


Questions for the ladies man?

I was becoming jealous of all the Gordon Ramsay tales from Sydney and thought I was missing out. It appears he is a bit of a ladies man wooing Cucina Rebecca, kissing Julia and offered a bit of Mr Darcy for Augustus Gloop. Now I’ve been unexpectedly invited to a Gordon Ramsay supper at Lamaro’s in South Melbourne by the nab private bank (no I’m not a client). This is the terrible thing, I dumped going out with Kylie on […]


Bourdain on Ronnie di Stasio

Perhaps your way here from the food issue of The Age (Melbourne) Magazine . If you haven’t seen the mag, London-based Aussie food writer Terry Durack quotes Anthony Bourdain from an interview with Tomato from a year ago. You can check out my full Anthony Bourdain archive. He says this of Ronnie di Stasio in part 3: “He’s a fucking madman. And you have to be a fucking madman to be in the reastaurant business. There should be a statue […]


Malouf sells out to Jamie Oliver

Hot goss. Uber Morrocan chef Greg Malouf has sold out of his high end city restaurant Momo to Jamie Oliver, who is (I think) about to hit town. Apparently, the deal will be announced announced later this week. REMEMBER: You read it on Tomato first! More chef Gossip: Who created a kitchen nightmare for local ABC TV when he missed his recording slot after a night out shagging a blond? Apparently he’ll soon be back in Australia. Was something fishy […]

Chefs, Restaurants

The Bulletin: Whose restaurant rules?

My story about the egos and clashes behind the restaurant awards season appears in The Bulletin (that’s our local version of Newsweek) today. The brief agreed with news editor Tim Blair was end of restaurant awards guide season, bruised egos etc. Innocent questions stimulated an interesting response from the people behind The Age (our local daily broadsheet) Good Food Guide. Shannon Bennett’s Vue de Monde I’d heard was upgraded from two to three hats but The Age had only checked […]