Published in the City Hub, Bondi View and City News.
As a feminist, I am keen to see women aiming for high-level jobs, including those in professional kitchens, so I was disappointed to miss the launch of this year’s Tasting Success, a mentoring program for female apprentice chefs. The program’s co-founder and patron, Lyndey Milan, enjoys watching “the transformation and growth in confidence in our girls between their first interview and graduation”. The nine women involved in this years program will each receive 35 hours of mentoring by some of Sydney’s top chefs, including Sean Moran (Sean’s Panorama) and Peter Gilmore (Quay).
Even though summer has been and gone, there’s still a reason to head to Bronte Beach! Bronte Cucina is a new Italian destination headed up by Alessandro Cola. Since Italian born (Ravenna) Alessandro arrived in Sydney three years ago, he’s been the pastry chef at Pendolino, and the head chef at Cipri. Together with his whole team he’s moved over to this new spot, owned by Sandy Bruns (who also owns Swell next door). Expect a modern twist on authentic, rustic Italian. You'll also find the emphasis is on fresh, seasonal produce presented in dishes like pan friend cuttlefish strips on pea puree with a tomato and squid ink crumb. I have Alex Harmon hot on the case so watch this space for her review…
In a campaign that has seen Xs scattered across the streets of Sydney, ArgyleXchange has launched. It’s basically a new way to think about a diverse night of entertainment, all available inside the one complex. For example, you might decide to start your night with raw fish and Japanese cocktails at Saké, and end it with a salted caramel éclair at Ananas. In between you might fit in a steak at The Cut, or throw down a drink at The Argyle. You can let the ArgyleXchange concierge plan your night, or take up the Progressive Xchange ($175/head) a concierge-hosted three-course dinner with matching cocktails or wines. Or if you prefer dining the old-fashioned way (in just one restaurant) try one of their $25 lunches or $35 dinners available at every venue, every day in March.
The March 2013 launch of Rekorderlig Cider’s latest flavour saw one fan reveal the flavour courtesy of a ‘hide-and-seek’ app. They won themselves the right to be one of the first consumers in the world to receive a full case of Rekorderlig Passionfruit. Luckily I managed to snaffle myself one as well, and can report it’s a pretty, passionfruit flavoured cider. As usual it’s better with lime and ice in a glass than it is swigged from the bottle, but I fully endorse taking any port in a storm…