Australian Functional Ingredients – by Vic Cherikoff

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Defining an Australian Cuisine

Defining an Australian Cuisine Obviously there's not much happening in hospitality at the moment, at least not much to write about. The trade rave, Hospitality Directory, regurgitated a rubbish piece on defining an Australian cuisine and dragged out the usual suspects for their comments. It is as if these chefs define what we cook at [...]

Putting Australia on the Menu

Putting Australia on the Menu I’d like to start out by saying I am really thrilled that we are seeing Australian wild foods on such high profile menus as in the topic of this blog. I am grateful for the time and commitment each chef using any wild food ingredient has invested in discovering, understanding [...]

Danish Chef leads Australians by example

Danish Chef leads Australians by example Great article recently about wild food Chef Rene Redzepi from Denmark in the SMH. Here’s a young chef who has embraced his regions wild foods and incorporated them using skill, flare and commitment to win the accolades of being the best of the top 50 restaurants in the world. [...]

The 12 Tastes in Food

The 12 Tastes in Food – Create appealing dishes from the ground up So many chefs still seem to ignore the basic building blocks of food – the 12 basic tastes and taste-smells. French traditions are built on empirical trial and error and apprentice chefs are shown the way it’s always been done. Rarely is [...]

Where have all the Australian cuisine chefs gone?

Where have all the Australian cuisine chefs gone? My Facebook site is getting plenty of comments about Edna owners getting accolades for ‘inventing Australian food’ and denigrating the efforts of others “there was a small place in Hornsby…”. Lots of chefs have contributed to at least putting Australian cuisine on the culinary map even though [...]

Native Australian foods? You must be crazy

Native Australian foods? You must be crazy A lot of people ask how I’ve stuck at developing Australian native foods for the two and a half decades from when I was introduced to the wild food resources of Australia’s Aborigines and recognised that we could not afford to lose this knowledge as Aboriginal culture changed [...]