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.