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The Mitchen

The Mitchen is a new weekly food podcast recorded at The Projects 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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May 16, 2017

This week we're joined by Mitch's golf buddy Sean McManus, who also owns Neighbourhood in Surry Hills and recently opened Bad Hombres with past Mitchen guest Toby Wilson. Today's topics include tipping, cloud eggs, dumb restaurant staff, national food guides, 3 year old cases of food poisoning and VB gelato.

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!

May 10, 2017

Mitch has returned from the Tasting Australia Festival and he's brought someone up from Adelaide with him: Jock Zonfrillo, the creative curator of Tasting Australia and the head chef/owner of Orana. Find out the juiciest Marco Pierre White gossip from the festival and learn a little about The Orana Foundation, which works with Aboriginal communities to study native Australian ingredients on both a cooking and a cultural level. 

Halfway through the episode we're interrupted by Jake Smyth of Mary's and The Unicorn fame, who lets us know why his face is covered in burns, what he got up to at Tasting Australia and what he has planned for his next big project: reopening The Lansdowne.

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!

May 4, 2017

Mitch is away this week so instead Levins is joined by two of Australia's best food critics: Good Food Brisbane editor Callan Boys and comedian Aaron Gocs. In this episode we discuss Zinger pies, green doritos, freak burgers, fry forks, flavoured milk and more super important food developments from all over the world.

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!

Apr 26, 2017

After ranting about them to no end last week, Levins and Mitch are joined by someone who actually knows a thing or two about the 457 visa changes: Buzzfeed Australia's Political Editor Mark Di Stefano.

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!

Apr 19, 2017

Momofuku Seiobo general manager Kyler Javier Ashton returns to the Mitchen, along with Pinbone's Mike Eggert, for a HEATED discussion about 457 visas, unpaid penalty wages, Easter egg hunts and Caribbean food.

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!

Apr 12, 2017

Extremely famous guest Dan Hong (Mr Wong, Ms G's) returns to the Mitchen to chat about his new TV show The Chef's Line, the recent Top 50 Restaurants announcement and staying fit while running a restaurant. Plus we laugh at some feedback Mitch received over Instagram and answer an email about Greek dining in Sydney. 

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!

Apr 6, 2017

Longtime Mitchen royalty Mike Eggert (Pinbone) returns to the podcast for an episode about social media, starting a new restaurant, the great chef shortage and Hongy's new TV show on SBS.

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 29, 2017

Lee Tran Lam, the host of Sydney's far more professional food podcast The Unbearable Lightness of Being Hungry, joins us to discuss 72 year war rations, the 50 best restaurants in the world, Netflix's recent food programming and the benefits of cooking food in bladders. Plus, we check back in with the Suey Sins saga.

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 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!

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