Episode 17: Cooks with books
This week, the Postcards team catch up with some of Melbourne's most well known chefs and best loved cooks, and their new books. Glen learns how to make lightly smoked Kingfish with Huxtable Chef, Daniel Wilson at his Fitzroy restaurant. Shane falls in love with Italy and Guy Grossi whilst learning to create a delicious pasta dish from Guy's new cookbook. Brodie experiences a taste-bud overload during a demonstration with Chin Chin Executive Chef, Benjamin Cooper and Rebecca bakes the quickest, easiest cake with renowned Victorian baker, Phillippa Grogan in her Brighton outlet of Phillippa's bakery.
Daniel Wilson, Huxtabook
Daniel Wilson is the man behind two of Melbourne's favourite eateries, Huxtable Restaurant and Huxtaburger in Smith Street, Collingwood. He has also recently released his cookbook, Huxtabook: Recipes from Sea, Land and Earth.
Huxtable has set the standard for dining out on Smith Street and has already become a Fitzroy institution in only a few years with its modern menu and relaxed atmosphere. Watching Daniel work his magic in the kitchen makes it look all too easy and now thanks to his cookbook we can all get a taste of the Huxtable experience at home.
131 Smith Street, Fitzroy
Ph 03 9419 5101
Queen Victoria Market
Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
Ph 03 9320 5822
Guy Grossi, Love Italy
Guy Grossi is one of Melbourne’s most known and loved Italian chefs. He commands four kitchens, and is the driving force behind the iconic Grossi Florentino restaurant empire in Bourke Street, Merchant restaurant Ombra Salumi Bar, which serves quality small goods and snacks. On top of this, Guy has been busy compiling wonderful recipes and writing his newly launched book 'Love Italy'.
Love Italy by Guy Grossi
104 Elgin St, Carlton
Ph 03 9347 9009
377–379 Bell Street, Preston
Ph 03 9484 7948
Benjamin Cooper, Chin Chin: The Book
Flinders Lane is a hub of culinary activity in the centre of the CBD, and it's where many of Melbourne’s most innovative and popular restaurants are located. Chin Chin opened in May 2011 and executive chef, Benjamin Cooper has contributed his recipes to 'Chin Chin: The Book', which tells the story of the restaurant’s success.
Chin Chin draws from the color and vibrancy of Asia’s hawker stalls and markets, but in a setting that is quintessentially Melbourne. Pop art explodes on the walls behind the bar, but the final word goes to the food, which is delicious and great fun to eat.
125 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Ph 03 8663 2000
Great Eastern Food Market
185 Russell Street, Melbourne
Ph 03 9663 3716
Phillippa Grogan, Phillippa’s Home Baking
Using the best quality ingredients and time honoured family recipes, well known Phillippa's Bakeries keep the art of bread, pastry and preserve making alive. Phillippa Grogan opened her first store in High Street Armadale back in 1994. Now there are four bakeries, including one in Brighton, Richmond and Melbourne CBD. But her newly published book, Phillippa's Home Baking, is the icing on the cake.
Phillippa's Home Baking
Mornington Winter Jazz Festival
Get jazzy by the seaside and check out the Mornington Winter Jazz Festival over the Queen's Birthday long weekend.
Where: Various locations in Mornington
When: 6–9 June, 2014
Snow Season Opening Weekend
If you're a snow bunny, then it’s time to head up to at any of Victoria's alpine resorts next weekend and help celebrate the opening of the 2014 ski season.
Where: Falls Creek, Mt Hotham, Mt Buller
When: 7–9 June, 2014
Heathcote on Show
'Heathcote on Show' is also happening over the long weekend, so join winemakers, chefs, brewers and musicians with best the region has to offer.
Where: 7–9 June, 2014
When: Various locations in the Heathcote region