On a packed show we spoke with Melbourne dining legend Matteo Pignatelli, owner of two-hatted Matteo's, about the odd spectacle of restaurant reservations being "scalped" to high bidders due to such a high demand for Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck restaurant opening in Melbourne next year. How much would you pay for concert tickets, or an expensive seat at a sporting event? That style of dining is similar, and it's no huge surprise that people are clamoring to get a table.
The brilliant Philippa Sibley joined us in the studio to talk about her recent travels to New Zealand. We also spoke about the Prix Fixe menu themes for both this month and next month, including a dessert that was "accidentally vegan!"
Next up we had a market report from John.
To finish this week we spoke to the head chef at Melbourne dining hot spot Mamasita, Andrew Logan. We talked about how a traditionally trained skippy Aussie ends up cooking soulful Mexican food, his travels to Mexico, and the long history of Mexican cuisine. Andrew has also contributed some recipes to an amazing tome simply titled Mexico - The Cookbook. It clocks in at 700 pages and is THE word on Mexican food.
About this program
Food for thought: recipes, hints and tips, interviews and a market report.
It's one of those constants in this fair city; every Sunday at midday tune into the best radio station on earth for Eat It, Triple R's resident food show. No-one really knows quite how many years the show has been on-air, but it's been going long enough for us all to lose track. Each week Cam Smith and Matt Steadman take an hour to discuss every aspect of food and drink, including regular market reports, interviews with chefs and restaurateurs, chats with industry and lobby groups, emptying bottles with wine-makers and writers, answering listeners' questions, the occasional on-air cooking segment, and anything else we deem fit. Sometimes we'll even squeeze in a song or two.
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