Two chefs famous in Sydney and beyond at the opposite ends of the price scale, but both passionate about what they do, preparing honest food with the best ingredients available in Australia, graced us of their presence and showed us a few tricks of their trade over the last two episodes of the SMH Growers Market in Pyrmont. The weather was also at the opposite ends of the scale. It is still winter here!
Neil Perry - Spice Temple - August 2014
I had my first birthday dinner in Australia at Wokpool in 1997, the ancestor of Spice Temple in Victoria Street, Potts Point. The staff was amazed at my children, then aged 5 and 6, devouring this beautiful asian inspired cuisine, a total novelty for them at the time. They have both become experts at the various Asian cuisines available in Sydney and we went to Spice Temple for my daughter's 19th birthday, almost 4 years ago. We had a ball, and a few bowls...lol
Mike McENEARNEY - Kitchen by Mike - Septembre 2014
Away from the luxurious fanciness of Rockpool and al, Kitchen by Mike is a fancy canteen with a menu changing daily and advertised on Facebook. Set in a warehouse in Alexandria, sharing with the homeware king Koskelas, Mike McEnearney serves, often himself, honest and simple food made on the premises. I probably eat there for lunch once a month when visiting clients in the area. I recently had the "moules mariners" with Mike's famous sourdough and Pepe Saya's butter and just last week a gorgeous tajine of lamb, slowly cooked overnight and served with couscous and homemade harissa, a subtle and flavoursome alternative to the usually brutally hot commercial offering. I will be back...
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.
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