Interviews with famous chefs and stories about them.

Chefs, Melbourne, Video

Carry on Gordon Ramsay

[youtube:] On the bombshell that the Herald Sun is dropping the Gordon Ramsay cookery column on Tuesdays, the craggy-faced man arrives in town and we are invited to see him pre Tracey Grimshaw. I reckon he’s wearing heel lifts in his trainers and looking a bit taller than when he was last in town, has a better hairdresser and highlights and has had a bollock-load of botox. He forehead is more wrinkled than my scrotum and frozen solid. I didn’t […]

Chefs, Ingredients & produce

10 minutes on local produce with Sat Bains

Outside at the Langham I finally managed to catch Sat Bains, an English chef with Indian heritage who has one Michelin star for his Nottingham restaurant and hotel. He’s big,black bald and ballsy. Plus he also swears a lot. He was one of the highlights of the many Michelin starred chefs attending the 09 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. You can read my story for SBS Food here. Sat Bains talks at full throttle: “Marco (Pierre White) made a big […]

Chefs, Q&A, Video

40 exclusive minutes with Heston Blumenthal

With thanks to the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. It’s 3.50 on a Friday afternoon. I’ve just finished a great meal cooked by Scott Pickett at The Point in Albert Park and his mentor the brilliant Phil Howard from Two Michelin star The Square in London as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. I can’t get a taxi to take me to The Langham where I’m interviewing possibly the most important chef in the world Heston Blumenthal who […]


Listen to Heston Blumenthal and Thomas Keller talk the new cooking with Neil Perry

Packed into the new recital centre in Melbourne were a star-studded audience to hear Neil Perry, Heston Blumenthal and Thomas Keller discuss “A new approach to cooking”. Sydney chef Tony Bilson was taking notes sitting next to the legendary Cheong Liew. I think I spotted Karen Martini and Martin Boetz. The audience was also packed full of a who’s who of local food media as well as few bloggers and quite possible a few more food twitters. We were all […]


The stress and sex of the kitchen

Gordon Ramsay caught in the lens in Melbourne…shortly after admiring the blouse of an Age writer… Apparently most chefs are at it not just Gordon Ramsay. The Times in London reports: “Close working relationships are formed in the intense kitchen environment, while partners are often neglected at home, unable to understand the stresses and strains of the job. This goes some way in explaining a Time Out survey of New York chefs published this month, in which 50 per cent […]

Chefs, Travel

Bourdain starts travel blog

Photography: Christina Simons p>Do I need say anymore about Bourdain’s blog apart from I found this via Slashfood? Perhaps I should also milk the archives: Part 1: A beer and a fag with Anthony Bourdain Part 2: On Ladro Part 3: Eating in Melbourne Part 4: No hippy shit Part 5: casual eating Part 6: Putting the boot in Part 7: A year in nam

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