We invited Sydney food power couple Naomi Hart and Gregory Llewellyn to The Mitchen table to look back at their massive 2015, in which they opened The Gretz Bar in Enmore, put out their first cookbook Fried Chicken and Friends and continued killing it at their American restaurant Hartsyard in Newtown. Over the course of 45 minutes we swap Christmas lunch recipes, discuss the changing face of Newtown's late night dining scene and find out that Gregory is a closet magic fan.
We head to Sydney's Automata for a chat with head chef Clayton Wells, who was last heard on our first episode! Also joining us is Jillionaire from Major Lazer, who is best known for DJing, yelling on the microphone at festivals and running a record label, but before all that he used to run a restaurant in Trinidad and is currently involved in opening a Trinidadian restaurant in Brooklyn.
Jillionaire lets us know about all of the amazing Trini food that we can't get in Sydney, Clayton lets us know what the first few months of Automata have been like and all five of us have a big old sook about the current state of late night dining in Sydney.
Rootstock is an annual sustainable food and wine event in Sydney. Mike, Mitch and Levins were there and drank a few too many wines before hitting record but managed to stumble their way through a handful of interviews with some of the biggest stars of natural wine. Hear us speak with Hartsyard's Gregory LLewellyn, Tim Watkins from Automata, Ned Brooks and Joel Amos from DRNKS, Pub Life's Jovan Curic, Grab Your Fork's Helen Yee, Pat Nourse, Charles Leong, Lauren Eldridge, Annaliese Gregory, Cam Fairbairn, Ed Loveday, Patrick Sullivan, Luke Powell, Roger McShane, Sue Dyson and stacks more interviews with people from all over the world! It's a big rambling adventure. Un-cork a few bottles and get on our level!
Just a quick little episode this week - Mike and Jemma from Pinbone take Levins to Centennial Park and force him to eat a bunch of possibly edible grass and weeds they forage from the ground. Before Levins risks his life for the sake of entertainment, we give a small update of recent restaurant openings and cool events coming up soon.
Look out for us roaming around Rootstock this weekend with microphones! We'll be recording a live episode there which will be up next week. Check out our Facebook page (facebook.com/themitchen) for video evidence of Levins eating weeds over the weekend too.
Live from their holiday in Tokyo, Levins and his wife Bianca Levins (ex The Dip) discuss the fun of eating their way through Japan with a toddler and the best places to eat ramen, burgers and katsu. Later Levins tracks down Merivale chef Patrick Friesen in an Ebisu bar and the two get drunk while comparing Tokyo food adventures.
Last week he was in Paris, this week Levins is in Tokyo. During the 4 days between those trips, Levins got Kerby Craig from Ume Restaurant in Surry Hills to come recommend his favourite places to eat in Tokyo. Mitch and Mike pitch in a few of their best Tokyo stories as well. Plus Mike does the best intro to The Mitchen ever!
So it's come to this: another wine episode! Less than a month before Rootstock, we invited its founders Mike Bennie and Giorgio De Maria to come let us know more about the massive program, including insight into the importance of having a strong Indigenous presence at the festival. We also talk compare the natural wine scenes of France and Italy and Levins brags about his luck with wine during his recent trip to Paris. Most importantly, Mike Bennie gives his tips for enjoying natural wine on the nudist beaches of Europe.
It's the most informative episode of The Mitchen yet - featuring Italian food legends Giovanni Pilu (Pilu at Freshwater) and Allesandro Pavoni (Ormeggio at The Spit, Via Alta). Mitch worked at Pilu many years ago and it's one of our favourite restaurants in Sydney so Levins, Mike and Mitch headed there to record a pretty much all Italian food episode - featuring Allesandro's tips on how to make a risotto that doesn't suck, how Giovanni became the supplier of the best bottarga in Australia and why the demise of TAFE will have a negative impact on Sydney's restaurant scene.
We made it to ten episodes and celebrate by somehow cramming SEVEN people onto The Mitchen table for a solid 90 minutes of hot conversation. Returning to the podcast are Annaliese Gregory (ACME, Funemployment), Palisa Anderson (Chat Thai, BOON Cafe) and Mike Eggert (Pinbone), alongside first timers Giovanni Paradiso (Fratelli Paradiso, 10 William St) and Jovan Curic (Pub Life Kitchen, Foraged). Together we discuss our guests' recent travels to Japan, the UK and the States, the ups and downs of making food television, the changes coming to 10 William over the summer and some hot BURGER TALK. Happy 10th episode to us and YOU.
This week Mitch, Levins and Mike sat down with Myffy Rigby (the current editor of the Sydney Morning Herald's Good Food Guide), Darren Robertson (TV presenter and head chef at Three Blue Ducks in Bronte and Byron) and Shannon 'Shaz' Debreceny (ex-Tetsuya's, Three Blue Ducks, Satiate, currently cooking at Lp's Quality Meats) to discuss cooking feral animals, recent travels through Indonesia and South France, the best of Good Food Month and and the relationships between reviewers and restauranteurs. Plus, as a little bonus, Levins forced everyone to eat a bag of the new 'Sour' flavoured Twisties.
Eight episodes in and we finally worked out a perfect intro - it's just a shame that Levins forgets to introduce himself at the start of this episode too. Oh well. Levins and Mitch are joined by chefs Mark Best (Marque) and Luke Powell (LP's Quality Meats), plus food writer and fellow podcaster Lee Tran Lam (The Unbearable Lightness of Being Hungry). Mike Eggert couldn't make it this week so Mitch organised a surprise co-host, someone who was recently voted 'worst Mitchen guest ever'! Perfect!
Once we've all gotten over being terrified of Besty, we discuss a recent article in The Australian about how young people are making restaurants sad for boring old people (read it here: http://bit.ly/lololdppl), break down all the courses at the recent Josephine Pignolet 25th Anniversary dinner and the growing epidemic that is dietary requirements.
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Things get HEATED this week at the Mitchen table! We invited the legendary Jeremy Strode (Bistrode, The Fish Shop) to bump the classiness of our podcast up a few notches. Adding to the class are Kylie Javier, restaurant manager of Momofuku Seiōbo, and Joel Amos, founder of DRNKS. Subtracting from it are regular hosts Levins, Mitch and Mike. Together we discuss the politics of restaurant reviews, the differences between recent generations of Sydney chefs and some of the problems young chefs and new restaurant owners face today.
Levins and Mike are the odd ones out this week, as every other guest (and Mitch) are winners of the Josephine Pignolet Young Chef of the Year Award. We've got Daniel Puskas from Sixpenny, who won the award in 2006, Rockpool's Phil Wood, who won it the following year. Mitch won it in 2010 and our final guest won the award last month, Lauren Eldridge, who's currently the pastry chef at Marque. Lauren finds out what the others did with the opportunities that presented themselves after winning the award, plus we discuss her recent trip to India, how Australia's produce compares to the rest of the world and Levins's appearance on Kerry Anne Kennerly's morning show when he was a teenager.
Out with the losers and in with the winners! This week we've Good Food Guide's chef of the year Pasi Petanen (Cafe Paci, ex-Marque) and the winner of the service excellence award Cam Fairbairn (ACME). Plus there's overall life winner Palisa Anderson (Chat Thai, Boon Cafe) and the owner of Winbone Mike Eggert. This foursome of success are brought down a few notches by speaking with Levins and Mitch about how it feels to win, what it's like to cook in Singapore, the importance of the right music in your restuarant, the stresses of soft openings and how great the food at Automata is.
Unlike cumin, variety is the spice of life, so we invited two Melbourne chefs to sit at the Mitchen table this week. Morgan McGlone from Belle's Hot Chicken and Josh Murphy from The Builders Arms Hotel join us, as well as return guest Analiese Gregory (ACME, Funemployment) and Louise Alipate from Tetsuya's. Together we discuss hangovers, fried chicken, tipping, food award predictions, restuarant closures and Dan Hong.
Three episodes in and we're further away from Mitch's kitchen than ever before - we recorded this one at Levins's house in North Parramatta. Andrew Levins and Mitch Orr are joined by return guests Mike Eggert (Pinbone), Analiese Gregory (ACME) and Richard Hargreave (ex-Momofuku Seiobo), plus we welcome first timer Mike Bennie (wine writer, wine maker, co-founder of Rootstock Sydney) to the Mitchen table. What was supposed to be a civilised conversation about the best places to eat in Western Sydney is quickly derailed by a 50 minute shouting match that includes lunchboxes filled with kohlrabi, graffiti in restaurants and whether it's ok to use the word 'funky' when describing natural wine. Halfway through the episode we're joined by another special guest when Levins's one year old son Archie wakes up to add his two cents to the heated debate.
Only one episode in and Mitch has been kicked out of his own kitchen - so we relocated to the downstars dining table at ACME and welcomed return guest Mike Eggert (Pinbone) plus new guests Danielle Alvarez (Merivale, ex-Chez Panisse), Rich Hargreave (Waterman's Lobster Co., ex-Momofuku Seiobo) and Cam Fairbairn (ACME) to a lunch that replaced food with passionate rants about the recent Time Out and Gourmet Traveller awards, having a dish stolen by another restaurant, the best vegetarian options in Sydney and the never ending battle between the kitchen and the floor.
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 four mates from the food world over to discuss and make jokes about any recent big announcements in food and dining.
For our first episode we are joined by four talented and hilarious chefs - Mike Eggert (Pinbone), Analiese Gregory (ACME, ex-Quay), Kerby Craig (Ume) and Clayton Eggert (Automata, ex-Momofuku Seiobo). Together we mourn the recent closure of Pinbone, find out how to pronounce Clayton's new restuarant, react to the news of Noma hosting a pop-up restaurant in Sydney next year, argue over our favourite sandwiches and take a few shots at our good friend Dan Hong.
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