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The Mitchen

The Mitchen is a new weekly food podcast recorded at Mitch Orr's kitchen table in Sydney. Hosted by food writer/DJ Andrew Levins and chef Mitch Orr (ACME), each week they invite their mates from the food world over to discuss and make jokes about any recent big announcements in food and dining.
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Mar 22, 2017

Levins and Mitch are joined by a special guest cohost this week: Monty Koludrovic, head chef at Icebergs in Bondi and The Dolphin Hotel in Surry Hills. On today's episode we lick video games, sign up for gym memberships and discuss the ownership of dishes, more details about Lucky Peach's closure, the perfect restaurant experience and late night dining.

The Mitchen is a podcast about food in Sydney, hosted by Andrew Levins and Mitch Orr.

Get in touch with us to ask us a question or tell us to start reading something we’re missing out on. Email us at themitchenpodcast@gmail.com or find us at facebook.com/themitchen. If you like what you hear, please leave us a nice review on iTunes!

Mar 17, 2017

Levins and Mitch say goodbye to Lucky Peach & Eleven Bridge and laugh at dried oregano & Bondi popups. Plus good friend and scholar Ray Jones joins us for a discussion about cultural appropriation in Australian restaurants.

The Mitchen is a podcast about food in Sydney, hosted by Andrew Levins and Mitch Orr.

Get in touch with us to ask us a question or tell us to start reading something we’re missing out on. Email us at themitchenpodcast@gmail.com or find us at facebook.com/themitchen. If you like what you hear, please leave us a nice review on iTunes!

Mar 8, 2017

We're back! With a new format and an all new look, with thanks to our new partners at The Projects!

This week Levins and Mitch discuss Pauline Hanson's new craft beer line, restaurant therapy, chefs on instagram and the importance of a good kitchenhand/dishwasher.

The Mitchen is a podcast about food in Sydney, hosted by Andrew Levins and Mitch Orr.

Get in touch with us to ask us a question or tell us to start reading something we’re missing out on. Email us at themitchenpodcast@gmail.com or find us at facebook.com/themitchen. If you like what you hear, please leave us a nice review on iTunes!

Jan 28, 2017

Levins and Mitch sit down to record the last ever episode of The Mitchen... maybe.

The Mitchen is a podcast about food in Sydney, hosted by Andrew Levins and Mitch Orr.

Get in touch with us to ask us a question or tell us to start reading something we’re missing out on. Email us at themitchenpodcast@gmail.com or find us at facebook.com/themitchen. If you like what you hear, please leave us a nice review on iTunes!

Dec 21, 2016

After the success of last year's drunken nightmare episode, we returned to Rootstock, an annual sustainable food and wine festival in Sydney to record another enormous podcast with too many guests.

Things start out professional enough with a sit down chat with Rootstock Founders Mike Bennie, James Hird and Giorgio De Maria, then get messier as Levins heads onto the floor to talk to the wine producers, distributors and chefs. Things improve slightly when Roger and Sue from Living Wines make their return to the podcast but the final ten minutes are just complete madness. There's something for everyone here! Guests include Monty Koludrovic (Icebergs), Dan Clark (Addley Clark Fine Wines), Mike Eggert (Pinbone), John Okuashvili (Okro Wines, Georgia), Tim Stock (Vinous), Laura Siebel (Domaine de la Pinte), Andy Campion (MODA Sparkling), Taras Ochota (Ochota Barrels, SA), Roger McShane (Living Wines), Sue Dyson (Living Wines), Duncan Welgemoed (Africola), Darren Robertson (Three Blue Ducks), Shannon Debreceny (LP’s Quality Meats), Jemma Whiteman (Pinbone) and Charles Leong (Golden Century)

The Mitchen is a podcast about food in Sydney, hosted by Andrew Levins and Mitch Orr.

Get in touch with us to ask us a question or tell us to start reading something we’re missing out on. Email us at themitchenpodcast@gmail.com or find us at facebook.com/themitchen. If you like what you hear, please leave us a nice review on iTunes!

Dec 7, 2016

An action packed, guest filled episode features chefs Dan Hong (Mr Wong), Analiese Gregory (Bar Brose) and Paul Carmichael (Momofuku Seiobo), bartenders Mike Nicolian (Continental Deli) and Lewis Jaffrey (Big Poppa’s), Time Out CEO Mike Rodriguez, Country Director for Sonos Rennie Addabbo and photographer Daniel Boud.

Brought together by Sonos and Time Out, Mitch cooked lunch for all our guests and each of us added songs to ’Playlist Potluck’ on Spotify so we had something hot to listen to. After five courses and dessert (and maybe a few wines), we hit record for a 10 person discussion of food, music and how hard it is to celebrate both those things in Sydney sometimes.

The Mitchen is a podcast about food in Sydney, hosted by Andrew Levins and Mitch Orr.

Get in touch with us to ask us a question or tell us to start reading something we’re missing out on. Email us at themitchenpodcast@gmail.com or find us at facebook.com/themitchen. If you like what you hear, please leave us a nice review on iTunes!

Dec 2, 2016

After receiving an angry email about how The Mitchen makes too many jokes about Perth, Levins heads to Australia's most western city in the hopes of finding a reason to not make fun of it in the future. Pro-Perthers Amy Hamilton (Liberte in Albany, WA), Max Veenhuyzen (Gourmet Traveller, Broadsheet) and Ash Keogh (aka DJ Aslan) join Levins for an afternoon of food, wine and trying to convince him that the city they live in doesn't suck.

The Mitchen is a podcast about food in Sydney, hosted by Andrew Levins and Mitch Orr.

Get in touch with us to ask us a question or tell us to start reading something we’re missing out on. Email us at themitchenpodcast@gmail.com or find us at facebook.com/themitchen. If you like what you hear, please leave us a nice review on iTunes!

Nov 28, 2016

While in Adelaide, Levins had a late night feed at the blazing hot African restaurant Africola and recorded an episode with head chef/owner Duncan Welgemoed and restaurant manager Nikki Friedli, plus good friends Michael Downing (Murdoch Hill Wines) and wine writer Nick Stock.

Learn more about the history of Africola, the merits of Adelaide, why you shouldn't make beer using your beard and why it's important to make sure you actually know the song you're trying to sing before you promise an entire podcast that you're going to sing it.

The Mitchen is a podcast about food in Sydney, hosted by Andrew Levins and Mitch Orr.

Get in touch with us to ask us a question or tell us to start reading something we’re missing out on. Email us at themitchenpodcast@gmail.com or find us at facebook.com/themitchen. If you like what you hear, please leave us a nice review on iTunes!

Nov 18, 2016

Levins was in Melbourne the night Trump won the election so he got tanked at Bar Liberty and went back the next afternoon for a chat with owners Banjo Harris Plane and Michael Bascetta. The pair met years ago while working at Attica and opened the significantly more casual Bar Liberty earlier this year. We chat about their beginnings, collaborating, what Sydney has that Melbourne doesn't (and vice versa), and heaps more.

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The Mitchen is a podcast about food in Sydney, hosted by Andrew Levins and Mitch Orr.

Get in touch with us to ask us a question or tell us to start reading something we’re missing out on. Email us at themitchenpodcast@gmail.com or find us at facebook.com/themitchen. If you like what you hear, please leave us a nice review on iTunes!

Nov 10, 2016

Levins catches up with Mike Eggert, Berri Eggert and Jemma Whiteman, collectively known as Pinbone. After closing their Paddington restaurant last year, the Pinbone crew have been looking for new sites to open something new and this weekend sees the opening of Good Luck Pinbone, their new restaurant in Kensington. Find out what they've been up to this year, what the new joint's all about and what they have to say on some classic Mitchen controversial topics.

The Mitchen is a podcast about food in Sydney, hosted by Andrew Levins and Mitch Orr.

Get in touch with us to ask us a question or tell us to start reading something we’re missing out on. Email us at themitchenpodcast@gmail.com or find us at facebook.com/themitchen. If you like what you hear, please leave us a nice review on iTunes!

Nov 3, 2016

While in Hobart, Levins visits two of the most beloved figures in the Australian food scene - Sue Dyson and Roger McShane. Best known for importing French natural wines through their business Living Wines, Sue and Roger have been writing about food and wine for 30 years, for almost every publication, including Gourmet Traveller (they were the Tasmanian editors for years) and their own website, Food Tourist, one of the earliest Australian food websites, predating the blog boom. Find out how Sue and Roger got started writing about food, why they're drawn to natural wines and how they avoid stale tastes and opinions as they get older.

The Mitchen is a podcast about food in Sydney, hosted by Andrew Levins and Mitch Orr.

Get in touch with us to ask us a question or tell us to start reading something we’re missing out on. Email us at themitchenpodcast@gmail.com or find us at facebook.com/themitchen. If you like what you hear, please leave us a nice review on iTunes!

Oct 27, 2016

Levins sat down with Tom Lawrence from Proudly Pokies Free, a new youth focused campaign which raises awareness about the damage caused by the pokies in Australia. NSW has 50% of Australia's pokies, and you'd be surprised just how many venues (and restaurants) you visit regularly that still have rooms filled with them. Getting rid of pokies means more room for food and live entertainment. Find out more at http://proudlypokiesfree.com/.

The Mitchen is a podcast about food in Sydney, hosted by Andrew Levins and Mitch Orr.

Get in touch with us to ask us a question or tell us to start reading something we’re missing out on. Email us at themitchenpodcast@gmail.com or find us at facebook.com/themitchen. If you like what you hear, please leave us a nice review on iTunes!

Oct 21, 2016

Levins and Mitch fired up Facebook live video and answered the back log of old emails and listeners questions! Hear us talk about hot topics like home delivery, lattes, craft beer, drunk episodes, recording equipment, gimmicky food and more in what will become a monthly live experience.

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The Mitchen is a podcast about food in Sydney, hosted by Andrew Levins and Mitch Orr.

Get in touch with us to ask us a question or tell us to start reading something we’re missing out on. Email us at themitchenpodcast@gmail.com or find us at facebook.com/themitchen. If you like what you hear, please leave us a nice review on iTunes!

Oct 13, 2016

We caught up with Tyson Koh from Keep Sydney Open just after the successful second rally in Sydney last weekend. What does Tyson have planned next for the campaign? Also joining us is Fratelli Paradiso and 10 William St’s Gio Paradiso, adding his thoughts on the lockout situation as a late night business operator, and letting us know about his new restaurant opening next year in Tokyo.

The Mitchen is a podcast about food in Sydney, hosted by Andrew Levins and Mitch Orr.

Get in touch with us to ask us a question or tell us to start reading something we’re missing out on. Email us at themitchenpodcast@gmail.com or find us at facebook.com/themitchen. If you like what you hear, please leave us a nice review on iTunes!

Oct 5, 2016

On a late Monday night at The Dolphin Hotel, Levins strikes up a conversation with Monty Koludrovic (Icebergs) and Morgan McGlone (Belle’s Hot Chicken, Harpoon Harry), plus visitors from Yardbird in Hong Kong, head chef Matt Abergel and beverage director Elliot Faber. 

In what may be the rowdiest episode of The Mitchen yet, we discuss raw chicken, bulldog jizz, head to tail eating around the globe and yakitori techniques. We are also collectively responsible for dropping the c-bomb more times in one podcast than ever before probably. Send your awards/complaints to themitchenpodcast@gmail.com.

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The Mitchen is a podcast about food in Sydney, hosted by Andrew Levins and Mitch Orr.

Get in touch with us to ask us a question or tell us to start reading something we’re missing out on. Email us at themitchenpodcast@gmail.com or find us at facebook.com/themitchen. If you like what you hear, please leave us a nice review on iTunes!

Sep 28, 2016

Levins records another booze episode alongside wine writer Mike Bennie, with special guest Mikey Nicolian from Continental. After answering a listener question about buying wine in Sydney, we talk about cans, cocktails and a whole bunch of stuff that I don't really remember, which shows how successful this booze episode was. Don't operate heavy machinery while listening to it.

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The Mitchen is a podcast about food in Sydney, hosted by Andrew Levins and Mitch Orr.

Get in touch with us to ask us a question or tell us to start reading something we’re missing out on. Email us at themitchenpodcast@gmail.com or find us at facebook.com/themitchen. If you like what you hear, please leave us a nice review on iTunes!

Sep 20, 2016

Levins and Mitch reflect on the Sydney food awards season, going through the Good Food Guide and Gourmet Traveller award lists and agreeing, disagreeing and making completely unwanted suggestions about which chefs and restaurants they deserved to win in their eyes. 

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The Mitchen is a podcast about food in Sydney, hosted by Andrew Levins and Mitch Orr.

Get in touch with us to ask us a question or tell us to start reading something we’re missing out on. Email us at themitchenpodcast@gmail.com or find us at facebook.com/themitchen. If you like what you hear, please leave us a nice review on iTunes!

Sep 13, 2016

We sat down with the owners of the Good Food Guide's best restaurant of the year - and the two editors who awarded it to them! Myffy Rigby is back for her second episode of The Mitchen, with her is Brisbane Good Food Guide editor Callan Boys, plus Jason Scott and Anton Forte, owners of the best new restaurant Hubert, as well as Sydney institutions Frankie's, Shady Pines and The Baxter Inn.

The Mitchen is a podcast about food in Sydney, hosted by Andrew Levins and Mitch Orr.

Get in touch with us to ask us a question or tell us to start reading something we’re missing out on. Email us at themitchenpodcast@gmail.com or find us at facebook.com/themitchen. If you like what you hear, please leave us a nice review on iTunes!

Sep 6, 2016

A day before they won the award for best bar food (and gained a hat!) in this year's Good Food Guide, we went to Continental in Newtown and recorded an episode with Elvis Abrahanowicz (Porteno, Bodega, Continental) and Jake Smyth (Mary's, The Unicorn). In this super fun episode we discuss the pressure of running multiple beloved and busy venues, compare Father's Day hangovers and talk about what it's like to live and work in Newtown these days.

The Mitchen is a podcast about food in Sydney, hosted by Andrew Levins and Mitch Orr.

Get in touch with us to ask us a question or tell us to start reading something we’re missing out on. Email us at themitchenpodcast@gmail.com or find us at facebook.com/themitchen. If you like what you hear, please leave us a nice review on iTunes!

Aug 29, 2016

The 2016 edition of Gourmet Traveller's Australian Restaurant Guide has just been released, so we sat down with Pat Nourse, Gourmet Traveller's chief restaurant critic and deputy editor, plus two of the people from the restaurant Pat named number one in the country: Momofuku Seiobo's general manager Kylie Javier Ashton and executive chef Paul Carmichael. 

Together we discuss the importance of restaurant reviews and guides (and the difficulties faced by putting one together), the challenges Paul had to overcome when taking over the kitchen at Seiobo and which is the best state for dining in Australia (hint: it's not NT).

The Mitchen is a podcast about food in Sydney, hosted by Andrew Levins and Mitch Orr.

Get in touch with us to ask us a question or tell us to start reading something we’re missing out on. Email us at themitchenpodcast@gmail.com or find us at facebook.com/themitchen. If you like what you hear, please leave us a nice review on iTunes!

Aug 23, 2016

Levins and Mitch speak with Adelaide's Duncan Welgemoed, who was previously on the Live From Rootstock episode of The Mitchen, briefly chatting to us as he cooked an entire cow over coals. This time he doesn't roast any livestock BUT he does cook up a few incredible tales, including how he opened his acclaimed restaurant Africola (and why they're making the change from South to North African cuisine) AND some completely insane stories from his life as young South African chef trying to get by in the UK with no money. Great yarns, great dude, great ep.

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The Mitchen is a podcast about food in Sydney, hosted by Andrew Levins and Mitch Orr.

Get in touch with us to ask us a question or tell us to start reading something we’re missing out on. Email us at themitchenpodcast@gmail.com or find us at facebook.com/themitchen. If you like what you hear, please leave us a nice review on iTunes!

Aug 15, 2016

We’re super excited to announce that Sydney’s Lord Mayor of Wine, Mike Bennie, will be hosting an episode of The Mitchen about wine once a month! We’re even more excited to announce that we FOUND MIKE EGGERT! The two Mikes and Levins gather around Mike Bennie’s business table with every intention of talking about wine but end up talking about beer for 40 minutes before a surprise interruption by Tom Egan of Jed Wines, who’s brought with him a selection of Argentinian wines for us to try. Are we really gonna do this every month? It’s gonna get messy.

The Mitchen is a podcast about food in Sydney, hosted by Andrew Levins and Mitch Orr.

Get in touch with us to ask us a question or tell us to start reading something we’re missing out on. Email us at themitchenpodcast@gmail.com or find us at facebook.com/themitchen. If you like what you hear, please leave us a nice review on iTunes!

Aug 9, 2016

The Mitchen is back with new episodes going up every Tuesday! This week Levins and Mitch head to Redfern's Moon Park to speak with two thirds of the owners, chef Ben Sears and sommelier-manager Ned Brooks. One of our favourite restaurants in Sydney, Moon Park's incredible modern Korean food will only be available for another month when they shut their doors in September. We talk with Ben and Ned about how they got started, what Korean food means to them and the ongoing problems that come with running your own restaurant.

The Mitchen is a podcast about food in Sydney, hosted by Andrew Levins and Mitch Orr.

Get in touch with us to ask us a question or tell us to start reading something we’re missing out on. Email us at themitchenpodcast@gmail.com or find us at facebook.com/themitchen. If you like what you hear, please leave us a nice review on iTunes!

Jul 18, 2016

After falling in love with his philosophies on tea, food and life in general, we invited ourselves over to Arthur Tong's warehouse, where he runs his tea business Teacraft. Arthur treats Levins, Mitch and Ghostboy Cantina's Toby Wilson to eight courses of tea - including whites, blacks and blends. It's the most relaxed episode of The Mitchen ever! Listen as the lads slurp away while discussing Teacrafts' origins, the essential purchases you need to make to become a tea wizard, Mitch's recent food travels in the UK and Europe and Toby's plans for Ghostboy Cantina at Tio's.

The Mitchen is a podcast about food in Sydney, hosted by Andrew Levins and Mitch Orr.

Get in touch with us to ask us a question or tell us to start reading something we’re missing out on. Email us at themitchenpodcast@gmail.com or find us at facebook.com/themitchen. If you like what you hear, please leave us a nice review on iTunes!

Jun 8, 2016

Levins and Mitch catch up with Toby Wilson, who opened up Ghostboy Cantina, a not authentic Mexican taqueria inside a Chinatown food court earlier this year. We talk Mexican food in Sydney, the best food court spots and fried chicken. Mitch lets us know why he’s headed to the UK for a bit and Levins talks about The Dip popup going down at Automata this weekend.

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