We started today's show with a lengthy chat to legendary Melbourne chef Guy Grossi. Guy's annual tomato harvest and passata creation has grown into what is now know at the Melbourne Tomato Festival, which is happening in a couple of weeks time. We talked about how traditional Italian cultural traditions persist in Melbourne, as well as some of the history of Farm Vigano where the festival will be held.
Next up Storm In A Teacup's Hannah Dupree joined us in the studio to talk about tea. First up, did you know that all the tea you buy - Earl Grey, Oolong, etc etc - is all the same plant? Differences in processing the leaves is what creates up to 20,000 different recognised varieties of tea. We also spoke about boiling vs not boiling water, cold infusions, and what to avoid (answer: teabags).
Chef Scott Pickett took some time out from running the kitchens at Estelle and St Crispin to talk us through the recent renovation - and tweaking of culinary direction - of Estelle in Northcote. We also chatted generally about the pressures and commercial realities of running a modern restaurant. We finished the show discussing some ingredients that are currently in season, and some of the best ways to prepare them.
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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